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"Brown Eye Girl" by Van Morrison. Is that a P Bass or a J Bass being played?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by de la mocha, Dec 7, 2005.


  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    NEW JERSEY
    I love the tone of that bass in that song! But what kind of bass is it? It sounds so fat and loose, yet it kind of growls. That's my dream tone right there. Since it's an earlier recording, it's probably a Fender, right?

    Please don't flame me, it's just something on my mind. (I was listening to this on the way to work! Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lada- te dah....) :) :bassist:
     
  2. steviecsg

    steviecsg

    Aug 16, 2002
    sounds very much like a Precision to me..
     
  3. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    To me sounds like a Precision. I always thought that song was played with a pick, but now I don't think so.
     
  4. bino

    bino

    Jun 27, 2002
    Orange County
    Won't happen... that's a great song! +1 on the Precision.
     
  5. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    And another vote for the Precision.
     
  6. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds
    Pure P bass
     
  7. AGCurry

    AGCurry

    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    P-p-p-precision.
     
  8. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    NEW JERSEY
    Wow! I need a precision bass!!!!! So any precision bass or does it have to be an american, a delux, or a specific year?

    Can I get the same sound from a standard p?
     
  9. Sound like a 72 P with a Sunburst finish and a maple board to me. I can't tell if the bridge cover is still on or not as my stereo isn't that good. :D
     
  10. the_home

    the_home Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    Bridge cover on, pickup cover off, and I think its a rosewood board - it has that certain 'dhunk'. Listen closer. ;)
     
  11. pil

    pil

    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK
    Get the best one you can afford, you might want a different tone at some point!
     
  12. bino

    bino

    Jun 27, 2002
    Orange County
    It's gotta be passive for that sound. And no doubt it has flatwound strings. New Fenders don't all sound that good. You've got to shop around.
     
  13. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    I'm just waiting for someone to ask for advice on how he can get the same sound with his $5000, 6-string, koa/bubinga/zebrawood, neck-through, 18-volt, fanned-fret, strung-through-the-body, handmade Schleifenzager bass. Mark my words... you'll see... you'll see... :rolleyes:
     
  14. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    NEW JERSEY
    Thanks guys. Wait a sec? The new Fenders don't sound that good?!!! :bawl:
     
  15. dougjwray

    dougjwray

    Jul 20, 2005
    Here's the mantra again: Good and bad Fenders in all time periods!!!
    Play every one you can, including new ones, cheap and expensive, and decide for yourself.
    There's a pretty good chance that the one on "Brown Eyed Girl" was an average one, with a slightly warped neck, dead notes and old strings!
     
  16. AGCurry

    AGCurry

    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    Well, that's a good guess, considering that the record was made in 1968!
     
  17. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Wait, how could that be a '72 P when the record came out in 1968?

    And are you sure it's sunburst? It sounds like Vintage white to me, although at that time it was probably just called "white".

    Oh, and the pickguard was black.:D
     
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    For sure a P Bass, flats and a Rosewood board. My ears aren't good enough to tell the color, pickguard or covers. ;)
     
  19. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    NEW JERSEY
    Are you guys serious? You can't tell the color of a guitar by listening to a recording.......can you..... :eek:
     
  20. bino

    bino

    Jun 27, 2002
    Orange County
    LOL, I was actually trying to give De La advice in response to his question about what type of Precision to get. But I can see how my post looked like a poor attempt to sound brilliant.

    I'm just smart enough to know that I'm not very smart.