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

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

  1. ZenG

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    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

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    Fender Precision Bass
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Pretty sure he was a P bass man, it was the 60's after all.
  4. SteveHeissner

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    I concur with FrednBass. Here's a video from 1964 where he's playing a P-bass.

  5. electracoyote

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    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.
  6. Jiker75

    Jiker75 The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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  7. iamthebassman

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    White P-Bass. Glen Campbell "inherited" it when he took over for Brian.
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    Yep it was the P-bass..
  9. bray101

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

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    [​IMG]

    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.
  11. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    If those guys only had the gear that's available today? Brian Wilson with Pro Tools would have been amazing.
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    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.
  13. barebones

    barebones Bare Bones Bass Builder Supporting Member

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    Flying V!

    Kidding.

    P-Bass.
  14. ZenG

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    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...
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    Believe what I've seen of his bass playing, he played with his thumb, not fingers.
  16. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
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    Exactly what I was thinking. He would have freaked out at the possibilities.
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    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.

    [​IMG]

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