KISS debut album..what kind of bass?

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  1. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

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    It sounds like a P bass until he plays up the neck. Is it the Grabber/Ripper? Maybe the Labue? I'm thinking it's a shorter scale bass of some kind. Was there a studio bass lying around? Best representation of what I mean here is "Love Theme from Kiss". This is one of my favorite bass tones.

    I'm obsessed with Gene.
     
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    If I am not mistaken, Paul payed bass on Love Theme from Kiss. Someone correct me if I am wrong
     
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    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    IIRC, the entire first album was recorded on a P Bass. The bass lines were largely written by Ace, and played by Ace, Paul, Gene, and possibly a studio musician. There are too many stories floating around in these days of the interwebz, but the above seems to be the general consensus. I do seem to recall an interview with Gene in the early '90s in which he talks about the early stuff all being recorded on a Precision. However, I am old, and my memory may be suspect...
     
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    "The bass lines were largely written by Ace, and played by Ace, Paul, Gene"

    Wow. Really?

    Ace was always my favorite contributor to that band and if this is true - even more so.

    Is there any reliable source of info about this? I'd love to see it.
     
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    I happen to think Gene's tone on Only You/Under The Rose is amongst his finest.
     
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    Rock n roll hell from Creatures. That is the tone Imo. Music man bass i think. I also like the tone on Naked city, unmasked. Music man.
     
  8. Bassisgood4U

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    I had no idea Ace wrote the bass lines. Thanks for info guys! Now I have at least a reference point to look up with.

    "Only You" great song
     
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    Eric Carr played bass on 'I Still Love You'.
     
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    Creatures of the night is mostly (all perhaps?) played by Jimmy Haslip, he's spoken about it in interviews.
     

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