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Early round wound players with growling piano tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Doug4321, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Doug4321


    May 29, 2017
    I think we all know of John Entwistle, and then the progressive rock guys Chris Squire and Geddy Lee.

    But who else? I'm thinking of a growling "piano tone" but not slap bass in this case.

    Embedded YouTube videos appreciated!

    Jack Casady might be included but he got his growl sound originally on flats from digging in (fret noise) and splitting the signal to an overdriven amp. Check out "Bless it's pointed little head" album.
  2. Anthony Jackson was an early adopter of the bright round wound sound. By the early eighties it was “the sound” for bass. Check out Donald Fagan “Nightfly” for some of the brightest, most twangy bass tones from a bunch of big name players.
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  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Dave Hope of Kansas. Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith kind of did, though his sound didn't always come across that way in a mix. It took a while to catch on widely, actually.
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  4. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Mark Adams of Slave had a crunchy bass sound.
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    OOH! How could I forget Ace Kefford, Rick Price and Roy Wood from The Move?

    Ace played a slab body Precision with Rotos:

    Rick also played a Precision with Rotos, sometimes a Jazz, but his wasn't a slab:

    and Roy played a Precision with some unidentified pickups placed at a slant and Rotos:

    And yes, that's Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan from ELO. Bev was the original drummer for The Move while Jeff just did one album with them.
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  6. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Jack Bruce?
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Mike Rutherford
    Jon Camp
    Greg Lake
    Gary Strater
  8. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Pretty much everything John Wetton did in his King Crimson tenure; as much as I'd like to cite the entire "Red" album as an example, for brevity's sake here's the stripped-down, un-overdubbed version of the title track...

    And earlier on...

    Outta left field, an early/mid 70's proggy German band, Kraan, with bassist Hellmut Hattler...

    If you have the time, here's his solo album...

    Lotsa Thunderbird/Orange grind here...

    Don't forget this one...

    Gotta get an American band in there; Kenny Aaronson gets a solo(the future Marky Ramone on drums)...

    More early 70's American power trio proto-metal...

    Last but not least, Ron Wood gets busy at the end of this...
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018

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