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David Matthews - Sandworms

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by smeet, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
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    Oh dang, this is f-u-n-k-y!

    The bassist is Gary King. What a bass tone! Any clues to how he got this sound? Flatwounds of some kind. Jazz bass? Precision? Distortion from a tube amp?

    I can kind of eq my precision with B3K to sound like this, but it doesn't have that solid sound and attack, maybe because I have roundwounds.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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    Gary KIng was one of my favourites from back in the day...I saw him twice (w/ Bob James, mid-'80s)...IIRC, he used a Fender Jazz. Not 100% on that, though.
    IIRC, Bass Player mag, once upon a time, did a 1-page thing with him...IIRC, Atlansia Basses were also mentioned.

    Other nice King albums are New Yoork Connection(my personal favourite) by Tom Scott & Good King Bad by George Benson.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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    Dug out a Gary King article from Bass Player (August 2000/Tony Kanal cover)-

    In his '70s hey day, King was playing a semi-hollow Guild (a Starfire-based prototype).
    Examples are: Grover Washington's "Mister Magic", Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love", Gatp Barbieri's "Europa", & Tom Scott's New York Connection album.
    Also, King's 17-year/19-album stint with Bob James.
    King sez "...they (engineers) wanted everyone to have the same Fender sound, which was exactly the reason I played the Guild".
    King usually recorded direct with a bit of miked amp, studio compression, & some Eventide chorusing...and used lighter gauge Rotosounds....these strings allowed King to approximate upright bass slides by bending his A-string up by a much as a minor 3rd.
    Overall, his concept was "equal parts R&B & Jazz".
    King's influenecs- Jamerson, Ray Brown, Stevie Wonder, & J.S Bach.

    It is King on the Jackson Five's "Blame It On The Boogie".

    In this article (from 2000)...King sez he is currently playing Atlansia 4 & 5 string basses.
  4. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
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    Damn that tone is dope! great track to.

    Sounds like a Fender to me... mids bumped up and starting to hit the cieling of a pre amp tube.

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