Bill Black's Bass

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  1. I love the early Elvis songs with Bill Black on bass. What kind of bass did he own? What color was the bass and the binding/trim?

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  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    It was a bronze-powder gold Kay TV-1 with white painted edges.

    See Paul McCartney play it here:
     
  3. thanks for the information. Any idea on the kinds of strings Bill used?
     
  4. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
  5. the binding was originally white electric/hockey-tape, he just put it on to protect the edges and make it not look dirty.
     
  6. superman

    superman

    Mar 5, 2007
    Nashville Tenn
    From the color Lp cover he has a red O ray G,,plain gut D, and the A&E might be Artones,,or old Goldtones,,you must remember that on the LP the image is flipped,so the strings are reversed,,also it looks like before 57 he played another M mdl Kay that was sunburst,,not the gold TV,,and I have also seen a photo of him playing a Kay painted Blue,,with the Blue moon boys painted on it,,Kent
     
  7. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
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    Sam Phillips has been quoted as saying that "Bill Black was one of the worst bass players in the world, technically, but man, could he slap that thing!"
     
  8. bassistkll

    bassistkll

    Sep 23, 2007
    Ventura, CA
    Anybody notice that Sir Paul keeps the bass strung right-handed (E-A-D-G) but plays it left-handed? Kinda cool.
     
  9. Rody1069

    Rody1069

    Jul 14, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
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