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Jazz Bass Sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rip Topaz, Feb 13, 2013.


  1. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    I've been playing P-basses for the last year, and I'm very familiar with that tone, from the vintage stuff on to the more modern driven P tones.

    I just bought a Jazz clone so I have that tone available with my new band.

    What are some good examples of Jazz basses in rock music?
     
  2. maxpayneatlarge

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    Rush and some Rage Against the Machine for starters. Although, both artists use other basses as well, so you'd have to research which songs are using Jazz basses.
     
  3. Rip Topaz

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    Yeah, I of course knew Rush is a great example.

    Any others?
     
  4. jasper383

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    The first couple Led Zeppelin albums and concerts from their first few years. Nicely recorded Jazz with flats rock sound.
     
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    Jazzes range from Jaco Pastorius (fretless and fretted) to Marcus Miller and Geddy Lee - that's hell of a range of sounds.

    Davo
     
  8. davidjackson

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    I think Dennis Dunaway (the original Alice Cooper bass player) played a Jazz.
     
  9. Dean N

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    Was Zep II recorded with a jazz? That album is a BASS CLINIC. (Brief hijack, does anyone have info about what albums/songs JPJ recorded with what basses?)

    I can't think of a better jazz bass in rock sound than JPJ.
     
  10. Rip Topaz

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    Good example. Love early Alice Cooper.

    I'm not a noob. But only in the last few years have I taken the time to turn down and really focus on tone.

    I've really gotten some great P tones with my current setup, just trying to add the other side of the spectrum (yeah, musicman tones are probably next).

    Once you turn down the volume and focus on creating a good sound, music really becomes fun.
     
  11. DwaynieAD

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    meetatsundown.bandcamp.com .. that's jazz for heavy southern metal
     
  12. michael_t

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    A few come to mind...

    Ron Blair with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
    Timothy B. Schmit with the Eagles
    David LaBruyere with John Mayer
     
  13. R&B

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    Great info here. I typically associate the JB with R&B--just heard Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire on satellite radio this morning--yet clearly the Jazz has made its mark in rock.
     
  14. Waldo19

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    Bryan Kienlen of the Bouncing Souls uses a Jazz Bass IIRC. Skip to 1:05 for a bass "solo".

     
  15. jasper383

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    First three records, to my ears, sound like almost all his Jazz Bass with flats or maybe rounds on a couple tracks.

    J with flats:
     
  16. Rip Topaz

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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Keep em coming!!
     
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    Well..... SOME stuff, not sure about "a lot"

    (PS- I got my VM lefty Jazz last week and I'm going to do a reshoot of that cool photo!)

    (uh- with a bit less hair....)
     
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    Tommy Shannon. I don't exactly what he played with SRV was with a Jazz, but probably most.
     
  20. Tanner5382

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    Entwistle recorded "My Generation" with a Jazz.
    A lot of Skynyrd was recorded with a Jazz.
    Steve Fossen often used a Jazz in Heart.
     
  21. FrednBass

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    Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Led Zeppelin - Listen to the 3 first albuns
    Rush
    The Who - My Generation bass solo was recorded with a Jazz
     

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