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Charlie Hadens Bass

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Pmon, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. Pmon


    Jun 9, 2004
    Hello Chaps,

    Any ideas about the Hadens latest bass, word on the street is that its a Pollman, any ideas as to the model.

    Best Wishes

  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Email him! He's a very friendly guy in my experience. Hard to imagine him playing anything but the Vuillaume. He did have a Pollmann, I think I talked to him once about it being stolen and him having to buy it back later. Long time ago, brain fuzzy... :eyebrow:
  3. As I remember, it was a very big Busetto model with the outside linings carved design. Like all Charlie's basses...great sound!!
    To my knowledge, that was a while back...currently i've only seen him playing that gorgeous Vuillaume
  4. flatback

    flatback Supporting Member

    May 6, 2004
    When I worked for and studied with Charlie I got to play that lovely bass (the Vuillaume) for him at sound checks (it was sure a blast playing that bass with quartet west) and once when he went on tour he left it with me for a month. It is truly one of the finest basses. It plays like butter (the action is high but really not as high as some think...just, you know, the right height for guts)
    When he tours europe he (at least several years back) would borrow a Pollman from someone I don't remember who but I do know that he was actively searching for a bass to take on tour...The Vuillaume had been injured in a photo shoot ( a light stand fell on it) and also a sound guy smashed the lower bought up once when Charlie asked him to take it off stage. I think he decided it was time to get a tour bass and keep the V for recording and local stuff. At Cal Arts he was always telling us to get better basses (I remember it being a little irksome cause I could barely afford the one I had, a Pollman with too thick a top and no sound.)
  5. Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    May 8, 2002
    Austin, TX
    He has a bass made by Jean Auray, too, that was the one I saw him play last tour.
    It was in some magazine.
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    The DOUBLE BASSIST with the article on Jean Auray (other articles on Barre Phillips, ISB convention).
  7. Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    May 8, 2002
    Austin, TX
    the lastest downbeat has a picture of him playing the Auray too.
  8. Ike Harris

    Ike Harris

    May 16, 2001
    Nashville TN
    He usually borrows or rents a bass for the road, not to disturb the great Villiaume. At least that was the practise about 9-10 years ago when he borrowed my ancient little German bass to play a college gig here in TN. The bass came back with the bridge hiked up to the hilt and the GKmb-200's tone controls all the way down.

  9. klepto

    klepto Guest

    Nov 10, 2004
    do you have his email address??
  10. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003