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Best Fender Bass Tone Ever

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jsegovia, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. jsegovia


    Oct 5, 2006
    And maybe the best bass tone ever?

    "Mystery Achievement" by Pete Farndon, the Pretenders

    "Masoko Tanga" by Sting, the Police

    I know everyone has their preferences but right now this is what I'm listening to a lot, especially the Pretenders, and this is the kind of bass tone I'm going for. Interesting that Farndon plays a PBass with his fingers (I believe) on his track and Sting plays a Jazz with a pick.

    So what tracks are your favorite Fender bass tone examples, and best bass tone examples period?

  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I always liked the sound Dave Hope from Kansas got on "Carry on, wayward Son." It's the main melody instrument during the verses. Deep, crisp, great sounding!
  3. I think my p bass tone is the best. P bass through a marshall super bass. Dont have any clips sorry. But it rocks:bassist:
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I've always used a slightly more aggressive tone on Mystery Achievement, with a little bridge pickup rolled in. With fingers, though. I'll get back to you an my faves.
  5. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Exodus: Bob Marley
    Live at Leeds: The Who
    Getting Ready: Freddie King
    Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: Dead Kennedys
  6. roninrindra


    Nov 26, 2013
    I am still crazy about James Jameson P bass tone on 'Darling Dear" (Jackson 5) and of course Marcus Miller jazz bass tone :)
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Anything ever played by Duck Dunn. He always sounded like Duck, he always sounded good, and even when the sounds were different, they were 100% right for the music.

    The cut was immaterial - the Duck was important.
  8. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Geddy Lee's Jazz on Tom Sawyer is possibly the finest distorted bass tone from a Fender.

    Or maybe John Wetton's tone in Red.
  9. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    I like Flea's tone on Stadium Arcadium a lot.
  10. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I really like Jaco's tone the best.

  11. Dusty Hill on Thunderbird live from Fandango. Spine rattling.
  12. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Farndon was my favorite back in the early 80's. Rotosound roundwound strings through an SVT.
  13. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    I love Geddy's tone but Lately my favorite tone is "Taking it to the the streets" by Dooby Brothers. I get it easily on the Steve Harris all stock. I just set the tone knob at about 1/3 and dig in. A pick really helps too.
  14. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Rocco Prestia, with Tower of Power.

    What is Hip? Rocco's tone!
  15. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    That is a great track. I especially like the way they transition into Jailhouse Rock. Sounds like a lot more than just 3 guys.

    I have always liked the P Bass tone of John Deacon and Boz Burrell.

    I also like Mike Skill's tone on The Romantics "Talking In Your Sleep"

    I am currently running an MIA 1982 Precision through an SVT 6 Pro with two 410HE cabs and have been getting a lot of compliments on my tone.
  16. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Having spent weeks trying to emulate John Wetton's P-bass tone in those 70s Crimson albums (particularly the tone on 'Starless') I've got to say that is my all-time favourite. It's just right and menacing.
  17. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Mark Adams wins!!!

    "Slide" by Slave is a tone clinic for bass, IMHO!;)

    gebass6 likes this.
  18. Willie Weeks on the Donnie Hathaway live album. Still one of the best bass solos of all time.
  19. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Entwistle on Live At Leeds!