Great P-Bass Tone (George Porter Jr.)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by meursault42, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. meursault42

    meursault42 Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    I was just listening to The Meters' 1975 recording Fire On the Bayou and marvelling at George Porter Jr's milky, sweet, woody, punchy tone throughout the entire album. Great stuff. One of the great post-Jamerson P-bass tones...right up there with Willie Weeks and a handful of others, IMHO. And like Willie, he's still out there tearing it up!
  2. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    George is THE Man. Keepin the PBass Mojo alive indeed.
  3. jmccain


    Sep 14, 2007
    Check it out - from this weekend's Jazz Fest:


    There was also a good hour on the past American Routes radio show.
  4. One of my favorites ~
    He's the one who taught me how to use my 'thumb'
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  6. meursault42

    meursault42 Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Nice, love the look of that bass. Just about as funky as the player ;)
  7. line6bassist

    line6bassist Supporting Member

    May 16, 2009
    san antonio/austin
    man that bass has some serious mojo....cant tell if its maple or rosewood :)
  8. ^^ Ha! You're right . . .can't really tell!
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
  10. Lichtaffen


    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
    New Orleans Seasoned Maple.
  11. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl
    maple... he has a Lakland that looks almost identical..... well besides it is new and a lakland
  12. ()smoke()

    ()smoke() Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    yes, great P sound!
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    He sounds great no matter what bass he's played... he spent a LOT of years on a 51 style (70s I believe) P bass as well as a G&L El Toro.
  14. Easy8


    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
  15. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Didn't he actually use a telecaster bass for a LOT of the Meters recording output? I remember reading that and seeing pics.
  16. jongor


    Jan 11, 2003
    Saw GPJ last night at a small club in Portland, Me.

    Fantastic show, sat right up front about 10 feet from the stage.

    Of course George was great, but also everyone in the band is a killer player, especially the young drummer, he was killin' it!

    He used the Lakland P all night and it sounded great. The old mojo P was no where to be seen.
  17. Lichtaffen


    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
    He had the Lakland last year when I saw him.


  18. ✌Nice!
  19. just an absolutely wonderful player!
  20. KoalaBass


    Aug 12, 2011
    is he using rounds or flats??
  21. basslinejam

    basslinejam Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    D'Addario Nickels with the .050 G