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Berry Oakley's rig?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I just started listening to the Allman Bros. (despite my bass that is a modern version of The Tractor). I take it Berry was using an SVT an 8x10? He's got a pretty unique tone.
  2. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Boy, I grew up on that guy. He had some great lines. Thinks I'll tag along to find out as well if anyone has info on that.

    The Acoustics and Sunn rigs were popular concert sized rigs back then as well.

    Time to Google for some pics.
  3. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I saw Berry more than a few time before he died, I don't remember him ever using a SVT. I do remember he used one of those early 70's big Fender bass amps, but the model number escapes me. It had a big folded horn cab, sounded great! Berry Oakley just plain ruled!!!
  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    It might have been the Fender 400PS bass amp.....435 tube watts into a couple folded horn cabs.
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  5. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    I've seen pictures of him using Sunn equipment.

  6. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Very early, I think he was using Marshall stuff. Most of the recordings you hear, he is playing a jazz bass.

    Also, remember that he played with a pick, that makes much of the character of his sound.
  7. Towards the tail end he was using the Kustom Kasino combo 2x15's that had add on powered cabs. If you find some photos of the band live look for charcoal gray and black vertically striped cabs along the backline. FIrst time I saw them he was using Marshalls, second time the Fender PS 300/400?, and the last time it was a combination of Sunn and Kustom Kasinos. Yes, Kustom as in manufactured in Chanute KS, home of the tuck and roll naugahydes.
  8. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    The Jazz bass was called 'The Tractor'.

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  10. any body know the wiring on the tractor mainly what are those two knobs under the darkstar? i'm thinking on buliding on myself.
  11. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    I want his moustache!!! :cool:
  12. That's a Guild Humbucker(if my memory serves me well) not a Darkstar. The pickups were wired stereo and I think those two knobs were vol. & tone for the H'bucker.

    Also note that there are two jazz pickups at the bridge position.
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Berry apparently had two Tractor basses. An earlier 60's natural/dot neck, and a later 60's burst/block neck one.


    I remember seeing in a Fender Bass street newsletter, the Custom Shop made a few Tractor basses, but I can't remember which version.
  14. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Duane Allman's was even cooler. Talk about a band that liked their facial hair.

    Do you listen to the ABB, Ox?
  15. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    I try to listen to as much of it as I can, but I don't have alot of their stuff yet.
  16. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Live at Fillmore East is a MUST listen. Hot 'Lanta and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed are my favorites. Great, great bass playing IMO!
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  17. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon Dark Star pickups

    May 13, 2005
    You're right that the pickup isn't a Dark Star, but it's not far from it. It isn't a Guild humbucker either. It's a Hagstrom Bi-Sonic single coil pickup that Guild used on Starfires etc. in the '60s. It's the pickup that Dark Stars are recreations of.

    Here's a photo of Berry Jr. playing his father's Tractor. The Fender Custom Shop did a replica of it later...but with the
    wrong pickup.

    here it is again:

    I've had two or three customers make Tractor tribute basses with Dark Stars.
  18. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nice, Fred.

    Thanks! :)
  19. fretless Bob

    fretless Bob If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.

    Nov 27, 2005
    Harrow, London, U.K
    it looks like he liked the block neck better than the clay dotted neck, cos its on that natural body in the last pic.

  20. Fred, thanks for the info. I remember B.O. telling me it was a Guild pickup and I always assumed it was a humbucker. What a sound that bass produced!!
    Got me gassin' to make my own Tractor....anyone know of a company that will route a body for a Dark Star and two Jazzes.

    I wonder if Warmouth would.......