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Recordings of a '51 P in the mix?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Din Of Win, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Hey all,

    I'm tossing around the idea of picking up a '51 P. But, off the top of my head, i can't think of any bands i know that have bassists playing them.

    Can y'all please share some examples of a 51 P in a full band mix?

    Thanks! :bassist:
  2. Jamie_Funk

    Jamie_Funk Supporting Member

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  3. tribbledaniel

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    Old ZZ Top, first 4 Fabulous Thunderbirds albums. Both Dusty Hill and Keith Ferguson played '51s or '52s on those. Not sure about what kind of strings though.
  4. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

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    See "The Police"
  5. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

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    Check out the movie "The Commitments." The bass player has a lefty single-coil Fender.

    I have a '51 RI, which is my main bass these days. They are better for recording and low volume situations, which avoid the hum problem.
  6. Bongolation

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    Well...only if the studio has done a good job of getting the EMI under control, which they certainly should have.

    Another minor thing that sometimes makes for interesting effects is that they have a .1µFd tone cap, which will roll that thing way down. I was just messing around with that the other night. With big flats, you can get some intense bottom end when you crank that down.
  7. rootsnfifths

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    +1 on the T-Birds. I know for a fact that one was used on "Found a new love" from "Butt Rockin" album.
  8. dlb1001

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    Yep, on the T-birds. You can really hear Keith on this live video:
  9. fivestringdan

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  10. PhR

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    Sting didn't get his SCPB until much later. Stewart Copeland on the other hand used his Telecaster bass on his Klark Kent album and singles.

    John Paul Jones used his a lot. Check out for example "Black Dog", "Houses Of The Holy", "The Ocean", "Walter's Walk" and the second disc of "BBC" livedouble.

    Tony Reeves used a Telecaster bass on first three Greenslade albums. Great sound!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65-pr78G_rA

    Ronnie Wood played a Telecaster on early Jeff Beck Group records and Tom Petersson used on on this (as a tribute to Woody):
    http://youtu.be/xTZi3695IBo

    The Telecaster basses I'm referring to are of course the single pickup models ('68-'72) which were basically reissues of the '51 P-bass.
  11. 62Jazzbass

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    Keith Ferguson is flats all the way, the grungier the better.
  12. deepbluesuk

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    Big heavy flats for Keith!!
  13. Jungy

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    I think there is a bit of Cake stuff with single coil P's of some sort.

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