"Hutch" Hutchinson on Bonnie Raitt Special

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by sincity, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    I've been watching the Bonnie Raitt special on Direct TV lately.

    James "Hutch" Hutchinson is her bassist.

    His tone is amazing on this show. I have been trying to figure out what basses he is using.

    It looks to me that both basses (Jazz & P/J) he is using have a Modulus(?) graphite neck on them.

    That white jazz is the ****. Just grunts and pops in all the right ways.

    His rig looks like (2) SVT Pro IIs, and a Line 6 Bass Pro.

    Anyway, if anyone knows what his basses are, that would be greatly appreciated.
  2. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm going to see Bonnie's Gig here in ATL this Sunday... hopefully i'll get a glimpse... maybe even chat with him.
  3. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    Cool j-raj. Enjoy the show. She is playing some killer tunes with an excellent band. Yeah, if you get to talk to him or can figure out for yourself what he is using, that would be great.

    I know Line 6 is touting him as a user of their Variax 700 bass, but they don't look like Line 6 basses.
  4. BP did a couple on articles on him-
    the bass he said he used the most was a sunburst P bass made by Stars Guitars with a Modulus Graphite neck and EMG PJ's.
  5. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    Well, that sounds like the P-bass. Thank you.

    I wonder if the jazz bass is from Stars Guitars as well. :eyebrow:
  6. I've dug out the old BP issue (dec 93) and he mentions fretted and fretless Modulus Graphite J basses built by Geoff Gould in the style of 61' J's.
    there's a couple of white graphite neck basses just visible in a pic.
  7. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003
    Seen special too.
    Hutch is playing his two Modulus basses.
    The white one has Jazz style pickups.
    The sunburst is a PJ model.
    Both have grapite necks.
  8. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    I saw them in Kansas City in early October and Hutch just amazed me with his tasty pocket playing. He just always sounded like he wasn't doing much, but he was playing the crap out of that bass. His playing was always right in the groove, but not the least but boring.
    I agree that his tone is top notch.
  9. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Inactive

    Dec 2, 2004
    Bonny's voice is like gold, she sings with such emotion and soul. When she and Bruce Hornsby first came out with the haunting ballad "I can't make you love me" , I used to get goosebumps. She has gotten better with age, no doubt.
  10. bigtexashonk

    bigtexashonk Supporting Member

    I guess he wasn't using the Line 6 Variax eh? <g>
  11. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    Definately not. :eyebrow:
  12. in that BP article it would appear that Hutchinson's got at least double the number of basses modelled by the Variax- in the pic alone:D
  13. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hutch has always been one of my favorite players. The man can't do no wrong!
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Saw Bonnie's gig last night at the Tabernacle! Hutch was amazing! Very solid... Still one of my favorites! I had no idea that he had been playing with her since '83.

    He played that PJ with the Graphite neck, a Modulus 5'ver, Azola Baby bass and a fretless Washburn ABG.

    John Broussard opened up for them... OMG, his voice has some power!
  15. Thanks for this post! I was just searching for information on the bass player after watching the freeview a couple of times.
  16. Bonnie Raitt was on the Jimmy Kimmel show the other night and Hutch was playing bass. WOW...the tone that he has is incredible! I told my wife that his was the one of the best tones I've ever heard on TV. Plus...his tasty pocket playing was fantastic, adding his runs every now and then.

    I wasn't too familiar with Hutch but I'm a fan now!
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