1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

what's jpj playing 1979

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fnordlyone, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Likes Received:
    4
    with a pick?
    :confused:

    no body's fault but mine

    fnord!
  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
  3. Demon_Hunter

    Demon_Hunter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
  4. cdef

    cdef

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2003
    Likes Received:
    0
  5. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Likes Received:
    4
    I'm asking a question, not making a point….
    I worship all things jpl and geek out whenever possible about his gear, therefore I want all TB geek info about said Wonder Bassist… :D
    f nor d!
  6. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Likes Received:
    4
  7. KPJ

    KPJ

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Likes Received:
    0
    You've got a lot of catching up to do with JPJ if you are just becoming aware of him playing 8 string basses.
  8. fnordlyone

    fnordlyone Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Likes Received:
    4
    Tell me about it. Until I started playing bass in April, I actually listened to the guitarist and drummer and sang along with the vocals. So many years wasted.
  9. pfox14

    pfox14

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Alembic Bruce Becvar 8 string Triple Omega
  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Whats wrong with a pick?
  11. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think the bass was purely a Becvar creation. Bruce Becvar worked for Alembic, then built his own stuff using their tools. As such, I think JPJ's instrument was only branded a Becvar. Apparently the neck is now pretty warped.

    He definitely uses it during the concert recorded at the Seattle Kingdome in 1977. This gig was videotaped, and later leaked to fans with a fairly unmixed soundboard audio track. The bass is fairly tinny/clanky if I recall correctly. Definitely used on Achilles Last Stand.
  12. grrg63

    grrg63

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    from the link cdef posted-

    Does he use a pick? "Yes, when the situation demands it; on the eight-string it's awful messy with your fingers. On 'The Song Remains The Same', I use a pick to get that snap out of the instrument," John Paul Jones said in a July 1977 Steven Rosen interview.
  13. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here's a pic

    http://www.led-zeppelin.org/images/gear/becvar8_02.png

    "What was the first track he used it on in the studio? "I'd gone to Alembic and there was someone working for them who had an offshoot company called Becvar. He had this eight-string bass in Californian Gothic with palm trees, a mandala and other stuff. It sounded fantastic, like a big harpsichord/piano thing. And so when Page came out with the first riff of Achilles he said, 'What are we going to do with the rest of it?'' I said '8 string bass!' It fit perfectly," John Paul Jones said to Rikki Rooksby in a September 1999 Bassist Magazine interview.

    Jones eventually settled on "a sort of sub-Alembic 8-string, which was actually a Becvar. It was built by a guy who was at Alembic and then left the company to start on his own. It's just an amazing creature--sort of Gothic Revival in style. Actually, it's more California Gothic, with a mandala on the back, with little mermaids, sea shells and palm trees inlaid. A very fine instrument. Very loud. The Riff King it was called. When Page first heard it, he said, 'Oh, no. I'm not playing to that!'" John Paul Jones said in a Guitar World interview."

    ...from here...

    http://www.led-zeppelin.org/studio-and-live-gear/860

Share This Page