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George Porter Jr's strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MarkusBass, Apr 1, 2011.


  1. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
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    Really lovin' this tone! I know technique is most of it, but anyone know what strings he uses? I'm thinking I can work my way there.

    Go to "Keep On Marching". About half way through...you can really hear it.

    Maceo Parker Super Jam - Jam Cruise 9 - iClips.net

    I can't get enough!
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
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    I think it was D'Addario XL. If you search for the interview I did here on TB, I had asked him.
     
  3. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
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    Graphic Designer: Lakland, Hanson Guitars, and Wilkins Guitars
    Ah... ok... I'll check it out... I thought I was hearing flats.
     
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
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  6. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
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    Graphic Designer: Lakland, Hanson Guitars, and Wilkins Guitars
  7. KoalaBass

    KoalaBass

    Aug 12, 2011
    well, it's strange, it sounds really like a p w/ flats... and looks like it too!
     
  8. KoalaBass

    KoalaBass

    Aug 12, 2011
    did he used them in the past??
     
  9. well - It looks like he is using a Lakland in that video, and that's not the bass he discusses in the interview, so maybe his gear is different now including strings; although, if you go check out the Funky Meters set on that same site, he is using that same Lakland and has a ton of bite in his tone that sounds like well used rounds to me. The fact that he uses his thumb a lot has a lot to do with that "thumpier" flats-like tone.
     
  10. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member

    Anybody know what pickups he uses or what pickups would be similar to what he uses?
     
  11. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    New Orleans, LA
    old days he used p with flats. nowadays he uses the lakland p with roundwounds.
     
  12. Kmose

    Kmose

    Feb 17, 2007
    Colorado
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    Lakland, Aguilar
    I once asked George how often he changes his strings and he said "when they break"
     
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  13. He plays with pretty high action too.
     
  14. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    I'd take that to mean "when they don't sound good any more, like anybody else does", as much as actually breaking a string.