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Best Fender Bass Tone Ever

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jsegovia, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. jsegovia

    jsegovia

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    And maybe the best bass tone ever?

    "Mystery Achievement" by Pete Farndon, the Pretenders

    "Masoko Tanga" by Sting, the Police

    I know everyone has their preferences but right now this is what I'm listening to a lot, especially the Pretenders, and this is the kind of bass tone I'm going for. Interesting that Farndon plays a PBass with his fingers (I believe) on his track and Sting plays a Jazz with a pick.

    So what tracks are your favorite Fender bass tone examples, and best bass tone examples period?

    Jesse
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    I always liked the sound Dave Hope from Kansas got on "Carry on, wayward Son." It's the main melody instrument during the verses. Deep, crisp, great sounding!
  3. tooley

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    I think my p bass tone is the best. P bass through a marshall super bass. Dont have any clips sorry. But it rocks:bassist:
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I've always used a slightly more aggressive tone on Mystery Achievement, with a little bridge pickup rolled in. With fingers, though. I'll get back to you an my faves.
  5. Mudfuzz

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    Exodus: Bob Marley
    Live at Leeds: The Who
    Getting Ready: Freddie King
    Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: Dead Kennedys
  6. roninrindra

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    I am still crazy about James Jameson P bass tone on 'Darling Dear" (Jackson 5) and of course Marcus Miller jazz bass tone :)
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Anything ever played by Duck Dunn. He always sounded like Duck, he always sounded good, and even when the sounds were different, they were 100% right for the music.

    The cut was immaterial - the Duck was important.
  8. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    Geddy Lee's Jazz on Tom Sawyer is possibly the finest distorted bass tone from a Fender.

    Or maybe John Wetton's tone in Red.
  9. southpaw723

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    I like Flea's tone on Stadium Arcadium a lot.
  10. alembicbones

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    I really like Jaco's tone the best.

    Bones
  11. tribbledaniel

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    Dusty Hill on Thunderbird live from Fandango. Spine rattling.
  12. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

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    Farndon was my favorite back in the early 80's. Rotosound roundwound strings through an SVT.
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    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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  14. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    I love Geddy's tone but Lately my favorite tone is "Taking it to the the streets" by Dooby Brothers. I get it easily on the Steve Harris all stock. I just set the tone knob at about 1/3 and dig in. A pick really helps too.
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    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    Rocco Prestia, with Tower of Power.

    What is Hip? Rocco's tone!
  16. Kmonk

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    That is a great track. I especially like the way they transition into Jailhouse Rock. Sounds like a lot more than just 3 guys.

    I have always liked the P Bass tone of John Deacon and Boz Burrell.

    I also like Mike Skill's tone on The Romantics "Talking In Your Sleep"

    I am currently running an MIA 1982 Precision through an SVT 6 Pro with two 410HE cabs and have been getting a lot of compliments on my tone.
  17. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Supporting Member

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    Having spent weeks trying to emulate John Wetton's P-bass tone in those 70s Crimson albums (particularly the tone on 'Starless') I've got to say that is my all-time favourite. It's just right and menacing.
  18. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    Mark Adams wins!!!

    "Slide" by Slave is a tone clinic for bass, IMHO!;)

    YOUR MILEAGE SHOULD NOT VARY :bag:
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    Willie Weeks on the Donnie Hathaway live album. Still one of the best bass solos of all time.
  20. godofthunder59

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    Entwistle on Live At Leeds!

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