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

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

  1. Dbt25677

    Dbt25677

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    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

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    Peavey Foundation or the Carvin LB40
  3. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    A P with roundwounds and a pick. The rest is negotiable.
  4. JellinWellen

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    christianharger Supporting Member

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    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.
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    Find a used Fender Road Worn Series P-bass (~$600). Play with a pick through an SVT.
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    stonewall Supporting Member

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    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    If he used a Fender P to record it...

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

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

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    Also a pick.
  11. Lo-E

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    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!
  12. SoonerMatt

    SoonerMatt It looks like a mira- IT'S IN THE HOLE! Supporting Member

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    Disclosures:
    Beta Tester: Fuzzhugger(fx)
    Squier CV P with rounds and a pick.
  13. Dbt25677

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    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?
  14. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
  15. Panek

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    Only this one!

    [​IMG]

    Maybe back in the 1970's it cost less than $800 ;)
  16. HeavyRockBasser

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    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.
  17. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

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    That track sounds p-bass to me
  18. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

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    Check out the Fernandes Tremor 4X!

  19. DanGouge

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

    Unchain I've seen footage. Supporting Member

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    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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