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Berry Oakley

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by monroe55, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    I know a recording with the tone I want. Anyone know what kind of Fender bass Berry was using on the live album Allman Brothers at the Filmore? There are some cool sounds coming from that bass, especially on the song "In Mem...Elizabeth Reed". That's the tone im looking for. Thanks TB.
  2. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Great song, I thought he was Precision Bass player. Sounds like flatwounds.
    An overwhelming majority of classic rock, blues and R&B songs were recorded with a P Bass and flatwounds.
  3. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    Wouldnt he have been using The Tractor?? His highly modified Jazz?
  4. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I stand corrected. According to Wikipedia: "Oakley's bass guitar, nicknamed "The Biker Boy", was a Fender Jazz Bass with a Hagström pickup." Good luck with the pickup. I love Oakley's sound and playing.
  5. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    Any picture I've ever seen of Oakley he's been using a pick.
  6. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl
    The Tracktor???


    Big Dave's

    Good luck w. that
  7. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
  8. Floridabwoy

    Floridabwoy Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fl
    haha... sorry.
  9. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Formerly "LAG" Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    He used the "tractor bass." A modified jazz bass with a Guild humbucker installed in the neck position. His amp head was a Fender PS400. I don't know what cabs he used live though I'm sure plenty of BO fans will chime in shortly with more info.

    I admire his tone and playing style also.
  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
  11. indeed.

    and before anyone asks you can get a darkstar from here: http://www.hammoneng.com/
  12. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
    And yes, Berry did use flatwounds and played with a pick much of the time.

  13. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
  14. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
  15. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Regarding Cabs, I believe he used Sunn 2x15, but that might be hearsay. I also thought he used Sunn 2000s, but maybe not.
  16. dave2


    Feb 10, 2007
    I can say that I saw the original Allman Brothers - with Duane and Berry - way back when. That was a great band. And he was great bassist!! Listen to those first two Allman Brothers albums sometime plus the Fillmore one - absolutely great stuff! Great songs, great playing!!!

    Yes Berry Oakley always seemed to play with a pick and I believe he usually used a Fender Jazz bass. I saw them in a large hall. He had this gigantic stack of speaker cabinets when I saw them. Back then the PA's were not that good and so bands used stacks of equipment. I have no idea of the brand of cabinets or amp he used.

    Just my two cents and ... thanks for bringing back a cool memory. I've also seen Duane and Berry's graves in the cemetary in Macon, Georgia.

  17. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon Dark Star pickups

    May 13, 2005
  18. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
  19. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Those two extra knobs would be in my way using a pick.
  20. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    Bristol, TN
    Why is the thumb rest below the strings?