Ever wondered what kind of bass Prince used in the video of "I wanna be your lover"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Well here's the answer: it was a Charles Orr custom number.
    New Page 12

    How cool is that?
  2. comicbookguy95

    comicbookguy95 Guest

    Mar 4, 2012
    Rockwall, Texas
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    No. I can honestly say: 'I have never wondered that'... :p

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  4. same here. Would like to have not seen the bass as well. :)
  5. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    That bass is uglier than the rug. :eek:
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  6. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I'm definitely digging those HI-A pickups :)
  7. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I saw/heard Prince playing bass recently, dude's got a touch and feel for days. He was playing the prototypical "80's MIJ Fender style" P/J with a bit of chorus, sounded really good. Prince isn't exactly a large or tall guy, it's possible someone of his stature could really benefit from a smaller/shorter scale bass, especially if they were gigging or spending serious time playing bass. I'm going to guess the bass pictured above is a medium or short scale.

    FWIW...I'm about 98.6% sure that there is NO bass on the original "I Wanna Be Your Lover" track.
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  8. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I like both, the bass & the rug...
  9. I'd take the rug anytime :)
  10. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Prince was appropriate for the time, but he ain't no Stevie Wonder.

    Not sure what that has to do with anything.....
    No, I never gave it a thought.
  11. Duckwater

    Duckwater Guest

    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I dig it. Not the biggest Prince fan but I really respect what he does, especially how he tried to bring Larry Graham back to the mainstream.
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Ever wondered what kind of bass Prince used in the video of "I wanna be your lover"?


    Uhhh nope ...
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  13. kulit17

    kulit17 Wal Collector #35 Supporting Member

    This OP reminds of the Dave Chapelle "prince" skit
  14. mc_muench


    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    That rug really tied the bass together...
  15. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    New Power Generation 'Get Wild' on The White Room - YouTube
    Prince rocking a Warwick during a live performance of "get Wild"

    Funk Bass Slapping - YouTube
    Prince slapping away on a Jerry Auerswald Custom headless in the studio.

    Not really, Prince is a short sod, no doubt but he always played longscale basses, using his old Fender Jazz on many of the early stuff he did.
    Prince playing Brownmark's Custom Alembic during the Purple rain tour.

    Prince rocking a Fender P-bass with Ida Nielsen rocking a Sandberg.

    Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover - YouTube
    Sounds like a Moog or some sort of other polyphonic synth but it's still providing low end so there IS a bass line on that song. The bass Prince plays in the video is white, maybe he had Orr refinish it later.

    Prince is a virtuoso on bass.
    Prince is a virtuoso on guitar.
    Prince is a virtuoso on drums.
    Prince is a virtuoso on keys
    Prince is a virtuoso on every instrument he puts his mind to learning, give him an Indian Sitar or a Turkish Saurod and you'd better believe he'd master them in no time.
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  16. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    I can't believe there's so little love for Prince.

    He's not known for his bass playing, but really? He's one of the best all around, ever.
  17. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    Theres lots of love for prince on TB, just not on this thread unfortunately.
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  18. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Prince is pretty dang talented. Like his music or not, I can't play one instrument as well as he can play 10.

    I go to church with a guy like that. He plays drums, bass, keys, guitar, and trumpet. I jammed with him one afternoon and he was trying to get me to play a specific bass line. Then he said, "Give me your bass". He played bass with his hands and the hat and kick with his feet. He was a one man rhythm section. I just hung my head in shame.

    Oh yeah...and he's been playing drums for 4 years and just "picked up" bass. Sheesh! :rolleyes:
  19. I dig me some Prince. I'd say he compares well w/Stevie, not that I tend to *rate* musicians or artists.
  20. iJazz

    iJazz Guest

    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    Count me in the Prince is fabulous column. He's one of the few who really has the whole package of writing, producing, performance well in hand as a virtuoso in each category. His music is always top rate in my book. If I were half as talented as he I'd be many times more talented than I am right now.