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George Porter Jr.'s P-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 3toes, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. 3toes

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    Does anyone know what year it is?

    Referring to this bass:
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    I know in the early days he was playing what looks like a '51...
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  2. Mr_Dave

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    Its parts from two... its in a bassplayer mag article i can't find... I think its something like a 68 neck on a 63 body... only other thing is a hipshot Dtuner... a lot of mojo coming from that bass!
  3. SC Bassboy

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    Fender P-Bass 1970 Body with a circa-1965 P-Bass Neck (confirmed on both George's website and the BassPlayer article mentioned above).
  4. Sorefinger

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    That bass actually was an early Telecaster, as you can see on the headstock:

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  5. Mr_Dave

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    Hmmm, i reckon they might have that the wrong way around judging by the bigger late 60s/early 70s headstock logo and the fact its a maple fretboard... 1970 neck on refinished 65 body...
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    Yeah, I can't track down that BP issue, either...

    But I do remember it being a funny story how the bass was pieced together. He said something like the neck came from a friend's bass, which was chainsawed in half by his girlfriend, who wanted him to stop playing (!). He gave the neck to George, who ended up putting on that body.

    Crazy, but that's what he said - I'll see if I can find the article!
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    '51 P came with a black pickguard.
  9. Buskman

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    Found it (from the 2/06 issue):

    "Gear
    Bass Fender Precision Bass-1970 Precision body with a circa-1965 Precision neck
    Rig Ampeg SVT-4PRO head; Ampeg cabinet-SVT-610HLF (home) or SVT-810E (road); Shure UC14 wireless system; Morley ABY Selector/Combiner; Whirlwind IMP 2 DI; Boss TU-12H Chromatic Tuner
    Effects EBS UniChorus, EBS BassIQ envelope filter, EBS OctaBass
    Strings D'Addario XL Nickel Round Wound Long Scale (.055, .065, .085, .105)

    "I bought a new fretless Fender Precision in 1970, but Art and Leo didn't like it. My friend's bass had been cut in half by his girlfriend who wanted to retire him from the business, but the neck was unhurt. When I put that neck on my bass's body, it fit like it had been there forever. I run the tone and volume controls wide open all the time. It has a Hipshot XTender, which I use mostly for the two songs that we play in D-'Fire on the Bayou,' and the ending of 'Ain't No Use.'”
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    Wow - great interview, James! Cool stuff! Seems like a very decent guy.
  11. James Hart

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    Here is the part of the linked interview:

  12. James Hart

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    Thanks! Yeah, he's a cool guy.
  13. 3toes

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    Awesome info, thanks guys. Porter Batiste and Stolz are playing here on Friday, I really really want to go see, but I've got a gig elsewhere in town :crying:

    On the one hand I'm stoked to be playing, on the other, I'm missing out on seeing the man who inspired me to first pick up a bass in the first place.
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    You should definitely skip your gig, IF you can get out of it. I saw PBS at the Pour House last year, and they are wicked! You do not want to miss this show!:spit:
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    I saw GP with the Runnin' Pardners, and with the Funky Meters. He is da man, and very humble. Here's a pic of the back of my wife's and son's heads at Crawfish Fest 2000. For the folks in NJ NY area, the FM will be at the 2008 Crawfish Fest on May 31.
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    Well, he's wrong about his own 70 P bass. The neck cannot be a 65 neck: maple boards didn't exist in '65, neither did the big 'TV' headstock logo. He pretty much found an early 70's neck for his 70 body.

    The old Telecaster P is around early 68, there are a few videos floating around from back in the late 60's and the tele is brand new. It has the oval tuners so that pins it down to early 68.
  17. 3toes

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    Haha, that's exactly where they're playing. We actually tried to get booked as an opener, but that was just wishful thinking :)
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    Amen brother.
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    James did he let you play it?
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    Unless I read it incorrectly (feel free to chime in, James), I think he conducted the interview w/ George via e-mail. :)

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