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Which (<800$) bass could cop this tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dbt25677, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013

    London Calling.
    I know he used a ('75?) P bass to record it... What bass (pref. < $800) could achieve this sound? It's not because I want to be Paul Simonon, I just love that beautiful middy growl.
  2. Massbassman15


    Nov 2, 2012
    Peavey Foundation or the Carvin LB40
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  4. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    A P with roundwounds and a pick. The rest is negotiable.
  5. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
  6. christianharger

    christianharger Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Minneapolis, MN
    Get a Fender P bass. No need to go high end or vintage (although it can be fun). Remember, there was nothing inherently cool or amazing about P basses in the 70's when people first bought them. Only fairly recently have they become all the rage. Not that I'm downing vintage Ps or those who have them, as I have one myself.

    Keep your eyes on the classified section here on TB--I scored an American Special P bass for about $500. I grab it over my US Lakland Joe Osborn 9/10 times.
  7. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    GreenBoy fEARful kool-aid dispensing, AFM 72-147 union card-carrying, liberal, academic, musician
    Find a used Fender Road Worn Series P-bass (~$600). Play with a pick through an SVT.
  8. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If he used a Fender P to record it...

    You can easily get an MIA P for less than $800
  10. Calebmundy


    Apr 5, 2007
    I nailed it with a MIM Pbass with flat wounds. Add some gain if you have it, otherwise just turn up!
  11. Calebmundy


    Apr 5, 2007
  12. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Any P-bass with rounds will do that. Anything from Squier, MIM, MIJ or USA. Dig in with a pick and get your Clash on!
  13. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Squier CV P with rounds and a pick.
  14. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    Ok... gravedigging this thread based on new info.
    I watched the London Calling music video... and Paul is playing some sort of hollowbody:
    Is it possible that he used this bass for the recording? I've seen footage from the recording of LC and is it possible that he used the Gibson/Epiphone Rivioli for it?
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    It's possible but like everyone suggested a P will get you there I play this song frequently and I use a P and it sounds good.
  16. Panek


    Mar 20, 2009
    Warsaw, Poland
    Only this one!


    Maybe back in the 1970's it cost less than $800 ;)
  17. The video is pretty grainy, but my guess is that the bass on the video is a Gibson EB2. You might be able to find a used Gibson Midtown in the $800 range, if that's what you're going for. Way different animal from a P bass, though.
  18. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    That track sounds p-bass to me
  19. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Orange Park, Florida
    Check out the Fernandes Tremor 4X!

  20. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I picked up a used Highway 1 P for $500 a couple years ago, that seems to do it.
  21. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Like you need someone else to tell you, but:

    P Bass with rounds, played with a pick, into an SVT.

    You'll find literally half the rock tones you've ever heard were most likely played through such a setup.

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