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Brian Wilson's Bass......?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. What kind of bass was Brian Wilson playing when they were doing the early stuff ( Surfin' USA etc etc etc) on stage and touring in the sixties?
  2. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    Fender Precision Bass
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Pretty sure he was a P bass man, it was the 60's after all.
  4. I concur with FrednBass. Here's a video from 1964 where he's playing a P-bass.

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  6. I always thought it interesting that Brian played bass on early Beach Boys performances. The bass work was often done by studio musicians, and Brian is a formidable keyboard player. It must have been for aesthetic purposes.
  7. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
  8. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    White P-Bass. Glen Campbell "inherited" it when he took over for Brian.
  9. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6
    Yep it was the P-bass..
  10. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    Maybe it's just be, but his tuning pegs look insanely tall on that precision. I want a set of those. Haha
  11. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

    I presume the white pickguard was a custom appointment? I see he lost the tone knob as well. Careless Brian!

    Presumably the foam mutes were left on the bass to get that 'tic tac' sound.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    If those guys only had the gear that's available today? Brian Wilson with Pro Tools would have been amazing.
  13. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

    I don't think they would have helped him with his Smile-era burnout. If he was a manic perfectionist then Pro Tools would have driven him through the roof perhaps.
  14. barebones

    barebones Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Flying V!


  15. KohnTarkoz:- that black white pic:-

    That isn't Brian holding the bass....

    It's Bruce Johnston......he is a songwriter.....(Disney Girls 1957-----Beach Boys Album))......he "sat in" on a lot of their work and also when they went on the road.

    Sort of a 'spare' BeachBoy.

    He wrote some big hits for other people too...
  16. Hammertime3


    Apr 23, 2008
    Believe what I've seen of his bass playing, he played with his thumb, not fingers.
  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I think you're right it would have been too much same with my Beatles they would have made stuff so jam packed with special effects it might not have been the genius stuff it turned out to be.
  18. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Exactly what I was thinking. He would have freaked out at the possibilities.
  19. Neon Scribe

    Neon Scribe Supporting Member

  20. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    Back when Brian Wilson was promoting his Smile album, Bass Player magazine did a cover story with him. And on that cover he's holding a P-Bass with the Smile logo.


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