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Abe Laboriel bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steveb98, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. steveb98

    steveb98 [acct disabled - multiple aliases]

    Mar 15, 2006
    Venice, CA
    I just downloaded the Abe Laboriel & Friends, Live in Switzerland from iTunes and Abe's bass sound is incredible. Does anyone know what he is playing. I know in the past he played Yamaha a lot, does he still? I tryed looking around not too much info on Laboriel.
  2. and musician...tough to find a lot of information on him. I was fortunate enough to meet him at the Christian Music Convention in Seattle last year.
  3. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I've seen photos and broadcasts where he's playing what looks like the current Yamaha Nathan East model or the Yamaha BB2005, which is the more affordable version of the NE bass. I'm not sure of what he played on the record, but the Yamaha is what I've been seen out and about with for the last couple of years.
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  4. itzs


    May 5, 2005
    it only says he uses yamaha basses on the cd cover, but it sure looks like the nathan east model, with the block inlays... :cool:
  5. soniq


    Apr 19, 2006
    El Dorado Hills, CA
    I've seen him play an 8-string.
  6. malicous


    Apr 25, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I've seen videos of him playing a Billy Sheehan type Yamaha (on older videos) and a TRB (on newer videos).
  7. I met him at that same convention -- what a great guy!

    I attended his session and if I'm not mistaken, he was playing a TRB.
  8. Hey, I saw Abe about 2 or 3 months ago, he was playing a Yamaha TRB.

    Amazing tone, and awesome player, I've been trying to nail his technique for a week now, its pretty cool, I've never seen anything like it.
  9. BassFelt


    Mar 26, 2002
  10. Abe Laboriel is a great player indeed and it seems that it runs in the family. I've watched Sting in concert two weeks ago and his son Abe Laboriel Jr was at the drums. Fantastic player, and I couldn't take my eyes off him all evening. He's played with Paul McCartney on his latest world tour also.
  11. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    I saw Abe giving a show here in Germany in the late 90's (don't recall the exact year). He was playing a Status Graphite 6-String, an Empathy model by the looks of it, or a Series-2.
  12. Naturally, he's had a ton of basses over the years. I've seen him play a lot more than just his Yamahas. He has been seen playing Status, Tylers and a Leduc MM5 among others. He's probally using a Yamaha on the latest release you just bought. I'll have to check that out!



    I forget the name of this one...

    Rob Allen

    Whatever this is...

  13. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    It's a model "Worp", made by the German manufacturer Bassline
  14. Abraham Laboriel is also known for playing Ares basses, and does so on the first track of Guidum. I can't seem to find any pictures of him with an Ares online, though. From the interviews I've read, it seems like he plays a lot of different basses, but always seem to return to Yamahas.

    But let's forget about his basses for a while, and concentrate on some speakers he seems to use nowadays:
    I know I've never seen anything like them, and all I know is that they're made by Glacier Audio. What's the scoop on those?
  15. jkricka


    Nov 27, 2005
    Did you mean Aries basses?
  16. Labi


    Jun 14, 2006
    Whatever this is...

    That's the Goya.
  17. Nope, I truly meant Ares. They're made by Robert Sahrling in Motala, Sweden, though I'm not sure if he's still building instruments. I had a six string once, and it was a wonderful playing and sounding bass. It looked a bit like this:
    The ones made for Abraham Laboriel, at least one five- and one six string, had really tight string spacing, at his request. I remember seing one of Abes six strings, with a neck as wide as the regular Ares five string basses, in it's early stages of completion.
  18. Fulcanelli


    Jun 16, 2006
  19. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    From the Glacier Audio website:

    We have substantially reduced our prices. And here’s why:

    1. We have become more efficient at making our speakers and we are passing the savings on to you.
    2. We are now exclusively factory direct — we sell directly to the customer from our factory, bypassing all middlemen, who traditionally add 40% to 50% to the cost of a product. Our home listening rooms receive only a modest commission. Orders placed through them are shipped directly to you from the factory. Of course, they do get to have the best sound money can buy, provided by us for free.

    * Model 2: was $19,950/pair
    now $12,950/pair
    Plus shipping and applicable sales tax
    * Model 3: was $14,950/pair
    now $9,950/pair
    Plus shipping and applicable sales tax

    For some reason, I find the above amusing.

  20. Carver

    Carver Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    North Mississippi
    I just picked Don Grusin's "The Hang" on DVD....Abe was playing Tyler and Yamaha. Great DVD by the way.
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