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Billy Cox Equipment

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by freshmeat1989, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Does anyone know what equipment Billy Cox used to use with Band of Gypsies. I love that old school sound. I'm pretty sure it was a Jazz but I dont know what he played through. Thanks for your replies!
  2. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    I just watched my "band of gypsies" dvd and could not tell what he was using. The stage was dark and small but he did have something stacked up. You should get the "band of gypsies" live at the Filmore east dvd.
  3. Sunn, perhaps?

    probably the same make that Jimi was being supplied with at the time.
  4. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    He played a Fender Jazz, but I do not konw what amps he used.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I'm looking in the book, Live At The Fillmore East: A A Photographic Memoir(pages 51-52)...
    The Band Of Gypsies are shown during a soundcheck-
    Hendrix has 3 Marshall stacks.
    Cox has, what looks like 3 Sunn stacks with 4 Fender Bassman-style heads(maybe they're Showman amps?) + 2 other Fender-style guitar amps(one looks like a Twin, the other is a little larger).
  6. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I saw him with Hendrix, Jazz bass wirh Sunn cabs.
  7. was it standard or e-flat like hendrix ?
  8. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Of course, other concert shots show Billy with various other amps, including Marshalls.
  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I read were Billy said they tuned to E-flat.
  10. bobbycas11


    Jul 15, 2017
    CT, USA
    He also used a P bass, mostly during the beginning of his career with Hendrix (so for the 4 Fillmore East shows which they made the Band of Gypsies album from the last 2 shows of) he used his P bass, and used it for a while after that and used it in the studio. He got a Jazz later and used that but still used his P at a lot of live shows. I agree though his sound was awesome
  11. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    fender jazz tuned down a half step
    fender showman heads
    guild thunderbass cabinets (JBL speakers likely) Billy Cox.
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  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    While Billy is most associated with the Jazz Bass, in the Woodstock gig footage he is seen playing a Telecaster Bass. Amp-wise, it was all over the place, Marshalls, to be sure(Super Bass?), and Sunn 2000s components left over from Noel Redding. The only time I've seen photographic evidence of the Guild Thunderbass cabs were those shots of the BOG rehearsals at the Fillmore East, but pics of the actual gig(s) show the horizontal Fender Showman cabs, and a Sunn cab as a 'bass monitor' for Jimi, all powered by Showman and Sunn 2000s heads. Rehearsal/recording sessions pics from spring 1970, show a Super Showman(or Super Bassman?)rig...

    When Billy was working the R'nB circuit, he was seen with a white Precision with Jazz Bass neck...