Fred Hammond's Ken Smith

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I just posted this because this is such a good looking bass, and it is hard to find actual clips of Fred Hammond playing.:bassist:
  2. damon106


    May 21, 2007

    Nice post Dr.Cheese ! Is that available on DVD ?
  3. trjazzluva05


    Jul 14, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    to answer that question: yessir!!! look for "purpose by design live" have to hear the intro...Fred is a genius!!!!
  4. damon106


    May 21, 2007
    Thank you sir ! I'm on it !;)
  5. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
    I totally agree, it's a shame the lack of clips of Fred Hammond playing.
    Thank's for posting this one :cool:
  6. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Thanks for the link, Dr. Cheese - his tone is absolutely killin'!
  7. vision

    vision It's all about the groove!

    Feb 25, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, La Bella Strings, and 64 Audio IEMs
    It's tough to find video of him playing (the Purpose By Design DVD and the Commission Live Reunion DVD are a couple videos out there), but you can hear his playing on all of his studio material - Fred always plays his own bass parts, and his sound is very distinctive.
  8. Tone is awesome!!
  9. i read this entire thread before clicking on the youtube link. i was loving the fact that Fred was getting props for his playing. then something occured to me as i was watching the video:

    that's not Fred Hammon!!!

    of course, i was thinking of the Dark Star pickup guy. Fred Hammon... no "d". anyway, you can imagine my surprise...
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
  11. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Yes! I love his playing, and, well the whole thing! Great!
  12. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    man, that music will get you pumped!
  13. I enjoyed that. Thanks.
  14. damn, even for me, and I ain't a believer and a Death metal fan, Fred Hammond's music always gets me pumped.
  15. pedulla1


    May 14, 2005
    I believe Fred is using a detuned setting - am I correct? Does it sound so to you guys?
  16. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    That was me too when I hit the video link. I had knee surgery two days ago and I'm sitting in bed with a fresh oxycontin in me just going... huuuh? Btw, I think a Darkstar'd Ken Smith would be ILL!
  17. BigLoopDuke


    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    That clip is pretty good. Now, I've got to check out the full DVD.
  18. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    i really like that clip, but that's just not my sound. i played a bass i just got in (carvin icon) and it sounded very similar. very hifi and i couldn't stand the way i sounded this morning. i'm glad it works for him and i love his stuff, but for me, it doesn't work.
  19. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Nice tone and nice playing.
    I also like his singing / playing independence, that`s really hard to achieve !!
  20. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Nice find Cheese :)