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Bass on Double Nickles on the Dime?

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by dmaki, Oct 2, 2002.

  1. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000

    I listened to Double Nick's for the first time in a while today and love your tone. What did use on that album? Also, do you slap on parts, or are you just playing harder?

  2. watt

    watt the man in the van w/a bass in his hand Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2001
    san pedro, california

    I used my '68 fender tele bass (stolen from my apartment while I was on tour in 1995) before it had emg pickups. it a dimarzio p-bass pickup and a stock jazz pickup by the bridge. the amp wasn't recorded - only a signal from a direct box. "double nickels on the dime" was recorded on an eight-track reel-to-reel machine by ethan james. the whole thing was mixed in one night (fortyfive songs). you can see a picture of the bass inside the gatefold. it's got a natural stain and a black pickguard. later I would remove the pickguard and paint it all white.

    I slapped, pulled and hit hard besides playing soft sometimes too. I used a pick on only one song, "s h i t from an old notepad."

    on bass, watt


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