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Earliest Music Man bass players

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Feb 17, 2014.


  1. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

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    Curious, because I have a fairly big vinyl collection from the late 70's and wanted to hear some examples from this era. :bassist:
     
  2. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

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    Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson) and Bernard Edwards (Chic) come to mind.
     
  3. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass A.K.A. Pimp Lucius

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    Louis Johnson with Brothers Johnson and Michael Jackson.
    Bernard Edwards with Chic. John Deacon with Queen. Just off the top of my head...
     
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  6. Maxdusty

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    Louis Johnson but if my memory serves me correctly, when it first came out- it was a bass for rockers (or at least advertised in Guitar Player magazines back then).
    I remember Ben Orr from the Cars had one early on-

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    Louis Johnson for sure.

    From Wiki:

    Louis Johnson (born April 13, 1955) is an American bass guitarist.

    Johnson is best known for his group The Brothers Johnson and his session playing on several hit albums of the 1970s and 1980s including the "best selling album of all time" Thriller.[1] His signature sound is from the Music Man StingRay bass which Leo Fender especially made for him to first use and promote, and from his slapping technique.
     
  7. Doctor J

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    Cliff Williams from AC/DC
     
  8. kesslari

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    Freebo on old Bonnie Rait stuff. I believe he was using a fretless Stingray back in the 1970's.
     
  9. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't think that John Deacon used one a lot, but he did in this video
     
  10. 62Jazzbass

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    I always think of Tom Hamilton with Aerosmith - likely the first time I knowingly spotted a Ray. That said, can't think of anything of his that "sounds" like a Ray. Or at least nothing jumps to mind tight now.
     
  11. the ombudsman

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    I think Supertramp's bassist played one.
     
  12. guymanndude1

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    Seems like I remember an interview with Joel DiBartolo, where he said that he received 3 prototype Stingray basses right from Leo Fender, himself.
    It seems like, I remember that he did have one that didn't even a headstock sticker.
     
  13. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass A.K.A. Pimp Lucius

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    Just remembered: Steve Miller's bassist had one. Somewhere I have an interview that he did in Bass Player saying he too got an really early one. No idea though which tracks, but I remember him saying he used it on the Fly Like An Eagle release...
     
  14. Maxdusty

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    Louis Johnson was one of my first bass heroes, but the first time I saw a Musicman was with Ben Orr... Really remember seeing that round pickguard and wondering what the heck it was. AND it was silver... coolest color for a teenager who saw nothing but sunburst P basses around him.
     
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  16. DavidEdenAria

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    First time I saw a Musicman bass live was Felix Robinson with the glam band "Angel".

    There were like 3 SVT cabinets (they were Ampeg endorsees) and the sound of that bass really jumped out live.

    The bassist before (Mickey Jones RIP) used vintage P basses...way different tone.
     
  17. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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    April Wine's bassist used one
     
  18. drTSTingray

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    Carl Radle with Eric Clapton had one. Also Rick James. The bassist with Climax Chicago Blues Band had a black one.
     
  19. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Blue Oyster Cult.
    Average White Band.
    Alabama.
    Derek And The Dominos.
    Paul Denman with Sade.
    Charlie Meeks with Chuck Mangione.
     
  20. sparkyfender2

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    I saw Aerosmith in 1977, and Tom Hamilton was playing a natural finish Stingray.

    I saw Garry Tallent playing an almost identical one in the late '70s. Whether or not they were used on recordings, I really don't know.
     
  21. okcrum

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    Yes, Joel was using an early Musicman amp on the Tonight Show as well.
     

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