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"Dookie" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by squierplayer120, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. squierplayer120


    Nov 17, 2004
    I want to get a bass that sounds like the G-3 used by Mike Dirnt on "Dookie" but I don't want to shell out +$1000 for a used G-3, any suggestions?
  2. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    A Fender P will do the job.Or the Mike Dirnt sig oddly enough!!
  3. yeah, i'd just get some light gauge strings on a p...i've been able to get it on a Jazz as well...i just threw on some light guage strings on that as well, and some clever EQ'ing
  4. A Fender P was used to record most of Dookie.

    G3's go for less than $1000 too. A Grabber will get you the look for the least amount.
  5. squierplayer120


    Nov 17, 2004
    I've got a P with heavy gauge strings, so I guess I'll have to try lighter strings. Oh, and uh, in every video I've seen for Dookie, he's playing a G-3.
  6. yeah, i've only seen the P come out post dookie...like around warning (thats the name of the cd right?)
  7. Mike started using his P bass when he recorded Nimrod. Yeah, and Mike has said he used a P bass on Dookie, but some of the songs really sound like hes using the G 3.
  8. N*Joy


    Nov 30, 2002
    Birmingham, UK
    Just one question - what's a G3?
  9. emielow


    Jan 18, 2004
    gibson grabber

  10. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Its a Gibson Grabber, but its got 3 songle coil pickups :)
  11. He used the G3 live during the Dookie tours and in the videos but it was recorded mainly with a P bass. This has been stated by him in numerous interviews. The song most noted as not sounding like a P Bass is Longview which was not recorded with a P Bass and also was not recorded with the G3. I forget what he said he recorded that with....a Kay bass?? I forget. Either way I would bet there are only two songs on Dookie that feature the G3.

    There were three basses in this serious. The Ripper was the top of the line with two humbuckers, a Varitone switch, set neck and classic Gibson headstock. The Grabber had one sliding humbucker pickup with the Flying V headstock and bolt on neck and the G3 which was the same as the Grabber but had 3 single coil pickups. All were maple bodies and necks. The Grabber and G3 used the same bodies with one large swimming pool route to accomodate both pickup systems.
  12. squierplayer120


    Nov 17, 2004
    Oh thanks for the P reminder, i didn't know that.