Famed P-Bass Users

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bg Man, May 29, 2005.

  1. Okay, here's the thing. I've spent a long time avoiding the "standards" when it came to instruments. In my misguided beginnings on bass, I figured that it would be a unique instrument that would define me. Fortunately, after much studio work, performance, and age, I realize I'm wierd enough, no matter what I play :D

    Anyhow, long story short, I've been craving a P-bass as of late. It's just been calling to me, I can't really explain it. Y'see, my favorite tones have all originated out of Jazz Basses, Stingrays, or something comparable to either, and just can't seem to think of any songs or artists that have what I'm looking for.

    So, I'm trying to get an idea of the P-bass sound, it's diversity and limitations. Any shout outs would be appreciated
  2. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Two of my favorite P Bass players
    James Jamerson (Motown)
    Greg Ridley (Humble Pie)
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    George Porter Jr & Chris Wood

    Both have Killer P Bass tones.

  4. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    John Entwistle Live at the Isle of Wight baby!
  5. Entwistle on Live at Leeds (the slab-bodied maple-neck P bass, Frankenstein)

    JJ Burnel on most Stranglers albums eg. Rattus Norvegicus, No more heroes, Black and white, The Raven, La Folie.

    Freddie Washington on Patrice Rushen's "Forget-me-nots".

    Derek Forbes on Simple Minds' Sons and fascination and New gold dream albums. eg. "theme for great cities" and "glittering prize".

    Bruce Thomas mostly used a P-bass with Elvis Costello.

    Tony Butler on most Big Country songs eg. "Look away".
  6. D.J


    Jan 31, 2000
    John Deacon played his P-Bass on studio and live in most cases.

  7. dirtgroove


    Jan 10, 2003
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Donald duck Dunn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Bob Glaub
    Tony Franklin
    Willie Weeks
  9. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Phil Lynott
    Paul Simonon with the infamous "London Calling" P
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Chuck Rainey
    (Many, many albums)

    Louis Johnson-Brothers Johnson
    (Look Out For #1)

    Alan Gorrie-AWB
    (Check out tunes like "Got The Love" from AWB's White Album or "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" from Cut The Cake)

    Bobby Watson-Rufus
    (Also, Michael Jackson's "Rock With You")

    Jazzers Ray Brown & Ron Carter both played P-basses.

    Santana-original Dave Brown
    (Check out Santana's 1st three albums)

    Recent groovers Jonathan Maron(Groove Collective) & Robert Mercurio(Galactic)
  12. John Wetton, King Crimson.
    Best P-bass tone this side of Live At Leeds. :bassist:

    Also Dave Hope from Kansas, the perfect P-bass/Ampeg sound. SERIOUSLY under-rated player there.
    Good moustache too.
  13. Check out:

    Black Sabbath: "Heaven & Hell"
    Iron Maiden: "Piece of Mind"
  14. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Chuck Rainey!

    Old Luis Johnson.

    Most Disco Songs
  15. Geezer Butler played a BC Rich Eagle at the time of Heaven and Hell. That ain't no P-bass.
  16. But lest we forgot Geezer's Early Precision usage!
    Check out ;

    Great bendy bass from the master. Such a nice bloke too.
  17. relayer66


    Oct 10, 2002
    Miura, Japan
    Two of my favorites: Ray Shulman and John Wetton.
  18. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Hmmm... James Jamerson and Sting come to mind. M*rk H*ppus plays kinda one... :rolleyes:

    Is it just me or does it sound like on "Train Kept A Rollin'" by Aerosmith there's a P-bass being rocked?
  19. Vysous


    Mar 29, 2005
    Tommy Shannon, one of my favourites, cause he accompanied Stevie....
  20. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Roger Waters

    Mike Mills