Billy Sheenan's Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by relman, Oct 11, 2001.

  1. Alright...i have a little question for anyone with the basstreet mag that Fender gives out (the one with Bootsy, Miller, Brian Wilson and all those other cats in the foldable cover).

    There's a pic of Billy Sheenan playing a modded fender...are the last few frets scalloped or is it just me?:confused:
  2. First off, the name is SheeHAN. Common mistake.

    Second of all, Billy's 1969 P-Bass, "The Wife," does have scalloped frets from the 15th fret onward, IIRC. His Yamaha Attitude basses have this feature.
  3. MatW


    May 10, 2000
    UK, Swindon
    Yes, the upper frets are scalloped. But they're only scalloped half way across the neck - so that it just covers the 'D' and 'G'.

    I had a Yamaha Attitude Ltd for a while. It played okay, but it looked a too flashy to play it in public with any confidence. I had to sell it in the end. Oh well!
  4. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    I think the story behind Billy Sheehan's p-bass is he stuck a tele neck on it and added a Gibson EBO pickup in the neck position. He didn't know how to wire the pickups together so he just added a separate output jack for the EBO pup. Later he and Yamaha teamed up to make the Yamaha Attitude, which is basically a refined version of Billy's p-bass.