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Earliest Music Man bass players

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Curious, because I have a fairly big vinyl collection from the late 70's and wanted to hear some examples from this era. :bassist:
  2. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson) and Bernard Edwards (Chic) come to mind.
  3. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    Louis Johnson with Brothers Johnson and Michael Jackson.
    Bernard Edwards with Chic. John Deacon with Queen. Just off the top of my head...
  4. bigscore1000


    Mar 6, 2004
  5. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Louis Johnson but if my memory serves me correctly, when it first came out- it was a bass for rockers (or at least advertised in Guitar Player magazines back then).
    I remember Ben Orr from the Cars had one early on-

    Louis Johnson for sure.

    From Wiki:

    Louis Johnson (born April 13, 1955) is an American bass guitarist.

    Johnson is best known for his group The Brothers Johnson and his session playing on several hit albums of the 1970s and 1980s including the "best selling album of all time" Thriller.[1] His signature sound is from the Music Man StingRay bass which Leo Fender especially made for him to first use and promote, and from his slapping technique.
  6. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Cliff Williams from AC/DC
  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Freebo on old Bonnie Rait stuff. I believe he was using a fretless Stingray back in the 1970's.
  8. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    I don't think that John Deacon used one a lot, but he did in this video
  9. I always think of Tom Hamilton with Aerosmith - likely the first time I knowingly spotted a Ray. That said, can't think of anything of his that "sounds" like a Ray. Or at least nothing jumps to mind tight now.
  10. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    I think Supertramp's bassist played one.
  11. guymanndude1


    Feb 5, 2004
    Seems like I remember an interview with Joel DiBartolo, where he said that he received 3 prototype Stingray basses right from Leo Fender, himself.
    It seems like, I remember that he did have one that didn't even a headstock sticker.
  12. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    Just remembered: Steve Miller's bassist had one. Somewhere I have an interview that he did in Bass Player saying he too got an really early one. No idea though which tracks, but I remember him saying he used it on the Fly Like An Eagle release...
  13. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Louis Johnson was one of my first bass heroes, but the first time I saw a Musicman was with Ben Orr... Really remember seeing that round pickguard and wondering what the heck it was. AND it was silver... coolest color for a teenager who saw nothing but sunburst P basses around him.
  14. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
  15. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    First time I saw a Musicman bass live was Felix Robinson with the glam band "Angel".

    There were like 3 SVT cabinets (they were Ampeg endorsees) and the sound of that bass really jumped out live.

    The bassist before (Mickey Jones RIP) used vintage P basses...way different tone.
  16. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    April Wine's bassist used one
  17. Carl Radle with Eric Clapton had one. Also Rick James. The bassist with Climax Chicago Blues Band had a black one.
  18. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Blue Oyster Cult.
    Average White Band.
    Derek And The Dominos.
    Paul Denman with Sade.
    Charlie Meeks with Chuck Mangione.
  19. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    I saw Aerosmith in 1977, and Tom Hamilton was playing a natural finish Stingray.

    I saw Garry Tallent playing an almost identical one in the late '70s. Whether or not they were used on recordings, I really don't know.
  20. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Yes, Joel was using an early Musicman amp on the Tonight Show as well.