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Which Bass to cover Bee Gees?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Misterwogan, Dec 26, 2012.


  1. Misterwogan

    Misterwogan

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    Which Bass would you choose to cover Bee Gees songs from Saturday Night Fever?

    I don't have a Rick, so that's not an option for me. Please choose from one of the following:

    1 - P-Bass with 62 Pickups
    2 - Jazz Bass Am Deluxe
    3 - Stingray HS
    4 - Gibson SG
     
  2. 12stringbassist

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    It should really be a Ric, but next best is probably the Jazz.
     
  3. KJung

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    Just learn the line. Any bass will do. Roll off the treble a bit and there you go. Nothing particularly distinctive about that bass tone. Of course, the groove is famous and wonderful!

    Also, make that old tune your own. Just like the old Motown stuff, etc., there is nothing wrong with 'updating' the tone a bit, and even the feel and line somewhat, as long as you respect the tune. Once a tune is that old, the rules kind of go out the window for me. Make it sound good, make it feel good, don't worry about 'copying' everything exactly.
     
  4. Frenchy-Lefty

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    The P-Bass with roundwound strings would be best IMO
     
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  6. jlepre

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    Jazz with fresh roundwounds.
     
  8. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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    It was probably done with a P
     
  9. Misterwogan

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    Thanks. Where would you place the pickup selector knob - bridge, middle or neck?
     
  10. 2meterbassman

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  11. KJung

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    :D Love that clip. 'white folks just gotta take the fun out of everything, don't they?' :p

    Seriously, I recently watched a documentary on the Bee Gees and gained a whole new respect for what they did. I was just starting to play professionally when the 'Staying Alive' era of the Bee Gees hit, and it was pretty amazing at the time. Nothing else like it... production, etc. and the playing/writing was pretty darn good IMO. If you kicked into those tunes back then, there would be HUNDREDS of people on the dance floor... actually dancing!
     
  12. Bassist30

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    Jazz and P. Pretty much what was used then.
     
  13. metermech

    metermech SMOOVE ONE Supporting Member

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  14. 2meterbassman

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    I agree - I think those brothers were/are brillant musicians and composers.
    But it is just not my kind of music...;-)

    Greetz
     
  15. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

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    First choice: the Jazz. Hands down.

    Second choice: the Stingray.

    Not the P Bass. And most definitely not the Gibson. :rollno:

    What you want is clean, punchy & articulate tone.

    /thread

    MM
     
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

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    Use your EARS! :eyebrow:

    (I don't mean 'try to turn the blend knob with your ears'. I mean, 'adjust the blend knob according to the tone that sounds best to you' - given your playing technique, your strings, your rig, your amp settings, etc. etc. :rolleyes:)

    MM
     
  17. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    IMHO, those songs are so over produced that I don't think it matters. My band just started doing "You Should Be Dancing" and I've been using either my Lakland 55-01 or my SBMM Stingray. As long as you're in the mix, you'll be fine.
     
  18. dvh

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    + a million. Applies to just about any genre. Please stickie this....
     
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

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    Nearly all the Bee Gees stuff from '67 to '80 was done on one of Maurice's Ricks. Pretty well documented and confirmed by Maurice.
     
  20. KJung

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    All the clips from that time show him playing a Ric that I've seen. Again, for the OP, doesn't really matter. Play the line!
     
  21. Rano Bass

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    The guy on the Australian Bee Gees tribute show on Vegas uses a Stingray 5 so i'm on the opinion that it doesn't matter, as long as you cop the feel and groove.
    If i were you i would use the Jazz or the Ray.
     

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