What bass is this? (Mark Kelley of The Roots)

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  1. cream1n

    cream1n

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    I spent half an hour trying to find out what bass this is. Found a rig review video but it was before he was playing this bass. Can't find any other good pictures online either.

    Mark Kelley of the Roots, saw him on this bass on the Fallon show. I'm really fond of it.

    http://www.thelooploft.com/blogs/ry...oop-loft-tracks-the-roots-bassist-mark-kelley

    scroll down and the picture is there. I can't figure it out.
     
  2. Timmah

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    Fodera. Looks like an emperor 5.
     
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Let's see - it's got a butterfly on the headstock ... what could it possibly be?
     
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Emperor 5 Standard.
     
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  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Bingo.
     
  7. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    It is probably one of those cheap Fodera knock offs. ;)
     
  8. Just Thumpin'

    Just Thumpin' Gold Supporting Member

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    Correct. Mark plays the Emperor 5 Standard.

    Cheers,

    J

     
  9. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj Supporting Member

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    Ya know, I kinda liked it better when he played a Warwick Star 5string as his main fretted. Seemed like such an awesome choice for a hip hop group!
    I believe he's playin a Ken Smith 5 now too

    Luv dem ROOTS!
     
  10. groooooove

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    i've seen him several times with the roots.. each time a different instrument, always into an SVT. maybe that was just the venue's backline though.

    never saw him use a fodera, actually. looks nice though!
     
  11. KingRazor

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  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    I agree 1000%. Unexpected!


    A friend of mine wanted to see them live two years ago, so I tagged along not knowing what to expect. I knew they were good, but wasn't very familiar with them. I'm so glad I went, because they absolutely KILLED live.
     
  13. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj Supporting Member

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    Yeah man! Those are amazing basses. That's actually his signature edition OBS6 it's sweet. 30" scale, Nordstrands, sweet body shape. Comes in a 5er too.

    His personal prototype even has a vintage Tube Screamer onboard (it's those little white knobs next to the pickguard)
     

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