If you were asked to record a song with a pop artist...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by u84six, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    and you could use only one bass and use only one set of strings, what would it be? Let's say the artist is someone like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, etc. I'd like to know bass brand/type, # of strings, string brand, winding, and gauge. I'm just curious.
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    I went thru this a couple of years ago when I was asked to record a CD (not really a super famous person by any stretch!) and had to decide what bass to play.

    I brought 6-7 basses including a Roscoe, Sadowsky NYC, MTD, Stingray, a Jazz and a P.

    The Precision ultimately recorded the best and that is all I used.

    My P is a 1974 with rosewood board and GHS medium rounds (Fleas) that were a couple of months old. Sounded killer direct into the board with no effects.

    So to answer your question,I would love to think I would record and tour with my cool Fodera, but it just might end up like the above!
  3. I play in two pop bands... my '96 MiJ P with some D'Addario Chromes have gotten me through both recordings and live shows very well! :bassist: It cuts (IMHO) soooo nice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gCz6OTuH18

    I use a lighter gague (.040-.095) flat, so it has a bit of zing to go along with the thump. I was using some La'Bellas (.049-.109), and they were just a biiiiit too dark.

    As for something completely different, I've been playing my '95 ATK300, w/some DR Nickle Lo Riders, at shows and I've been getting lots of compliments... might the mighty Fender be de-throned?? :eek:
  4. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    I usually use Chromes for everything. They're versatile enough for almost anything with some tone knob/EQ tweaks.
  5. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Owner of seven basses - eligible for 44 TB Clubs Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bringing just one would be a recipe for disaster.

    Having said that, if you could bring one that you intend to use and an alternative as the backup, I'd go with a fender P, 5 string with SS rounds.
  6. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    I think I would be too worried to bring a bass with flats even though they're my go-to strings. On the other hand, I never tried recording a pop song with flats, so I don't know what the end result would be.
  7. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    Easy. I would use the only one I have. Ibanez SR 1000 Prestige NT with Ken Smith Slick Rounds.
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I guess I'd bring a passive jazz with rounds. Seems like that's what everyone wants in the studio.
  9. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Do you know that, or are you guessing that's what most session bass players use in the studio when recording pop?
  10. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I am a session player and I can tell you he is correct.

    To cover it, you could bring a Fender P or J with rounds and an active 5 string ( a good one) with rounds. That will cover about any situation.

    If I could only bring one it would be a 4 string Fender Jazz. In my case, it would probably be a Lakland Jazz. Passive tones are many times easier to record, but a lot of pop and R&B producers really like active 5s now.

    The best answer is to have both and bring both.
  11. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    I'd go for my '66 Fender Jazz with DR strings.
  12. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    If you can't talk to the producer beforehand and find out what he wants, I'd bring the whole toolkit of what might be needed:

    A Fender jazz w/ rounds

    A Fender P w/ rounds

    A Fender P w/ flats

    A 5 string w/ active electrics and rounds
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Passive Jazz or vintage P with rounds, Sadowsky P/J 4 with flats, Lakland 55-01 with rounds, upright. The is no "one," IMHO.
  14. I always go to the recording studio with my passive Fender and active whatever.

    Though, i feel like i've gotten away with an active 4-string very well. I got an active 5 for the pop and musical theater stuff i do... but it was never required. So i flipped it during an "OMG i'm moving and i have too much stuff!!" freak out, a few years ago, and it hasn't been missed yet.

    Of course... now i'm gonna go home and get a call for something requiring a 5'er :scowl:
  15. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Either my P Elite II or my Lakland Skyline JO as a backup with my Alembic Persuader as my #1.
    As for strings, I pretty much use Rotosound SS strings exclusively. I think it is a lot easier to take away highs that are overbearing that add them where they don't exist.
  16. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Jazz and precision, new strings on the jazz and old strings on the precision.

    Anything else is either going to sound bad, or be a headache for the engineer, or both. Good way to never get called again.
  17. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Very interesting. So recording engineers and producers actually treat it as a requirement. Wow! What about string brand, winding, and gauge?
  18. My P with Chromes, and leave the rest to the engineer.
  19. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    This one is easy.
    If someone is asking _me_ to record, they know I have only one bass and I'd be expected to bring that for my signature sound.

    Of course, no one will be calling because I can't play worth a d&mn and don't have a signature sound...

    If you're calling in a hired gun it's because they have a signature sound you want - yes ? Would I call Michael Manring because I want a Flea sound ?
  20. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Hmm, so if you had to consolidate down to one bass, it would be an active/passive (some basses have on/off active) 5 string Fender (or clone) with P pups and J pups at the bridge strung with some not-so-new rounds. :D