Best bass for disco?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Polk Salad, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Polk Salad

    Polk Salad Passenger, Ship of Fools Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Although this has been discussed numerous times over the years, it's been a while. So, in honor of it being DISCO FRIDAY, I post the serious question:

    What is the best bass (and/or rig) for disco?

    No knuckleheads please, this is a legit question.

  2. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Probably MM.
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  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    P-Bass admins you can close this thread now.
  4. tindrum

    tindrum Supporting Member

    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    P bass with flats will nail disco tones.
  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Ric. Definitely Ric.

  6. Swingin


    Apr 29, 2018
    Didn’t most of the disco guys use a jazz bass? I don’t know, honestly.
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  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Look at post #3... :thumbsup:

  8. I’d say a vast majority did.
  9. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    Music Man or jazz all the way.
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Jazz bass. White finish. Rosewood board.
  11. My Janice Marie Johnson thang says “Jazz”. But my Verdine White / Earth, Wind, and Fire fetish says “P/J”. And my Gap Band admiration says “Precision”.

    Anyone want to cast the I Ching for an answer?
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  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    A lot of people conflate funk and disco. A lot of what I would call pure disco like Diana Ross “Love Hangover” or Hughes Corporation “Rock the Boat” as pure disco played on P-Basses. Later groups like Chic and Change went to active basses.
  13. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    Its in the fingers, the bass doesnt matter all that much.
  14. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    70s jazz with stainless rounds

    Stingray classic or vintage with flats
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  15. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
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  16. Well IMO the best all-round disco basslines were played by Maurice Gibb on his trusty Ric 4001, and Bernard Edwards on his MM stingray {although Everybody Dance sounds a bit like a jazz bass} but IMO the best SOUNDING bass for disco is ….

    The P bass :D

    {no surprises there}

  17. close enough...:thumbsup:
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  18. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    whatever you have ...

    this is stupid as shag
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  19. nozkcb

    nozkcb Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    For classic disco, it needs to be a J style bass, or a music man

    The P bass is great at a lot of things, disco however is not one of them
  20. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!

    What Would Donald Duck Dunn Play?
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