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In the Court of the Crimson King: Greg Lake's Bass Sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OPBASSMAN1994, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. OPBASSMAN1994


    Jul 30, 2010
    Anyone know what year Jazz bass Greg Lake used on King Crimson's debut album? (I know he was partial to jazzes)

    Also, strings and amp would be nice to know, if anyone has any idea of that.

    I really like the warm, but kind of clanky tone he gets, particularly on 21st Century Schizoid Man and The Court of the Crimson King.
  2. Ivan R

    Ivan R

    Jun 8, 2012
    I don't have the answer to your question, but wow, what a GREAT album.
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  3. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    I think I remember seeing a picture of him with his bass and it had block inlays, which leads me to believe it's a '70s jazz bass. But then again, the album came out in '69 so that's probably not the case...:confused:
  4. IIRC the block inlays came around in the late 60s.

    Edit: someone here posted recently the isolated bass track for "21st Century....", worth searching for :bassist:
  5. OPBASSMAN1994


    Jul 30, 2010
    I know he had the block inlay jazz during his years with ELP, but I think it was a different one. It sounds a tad different, and I've seen a video somewhere of Crimson's first gig at Hyde Park, and I seem to remember that he had the typical dot inlays.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I think it was a late 60s jazz with rotosound strings and hiwatt amps ...

    I don't know for sure ...
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    here it is ... isolated bass track .. but it doesn't sound quite right to me ...I always thought he played more of the guitar line in the begining.

  8. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    OMG, I love that album.:bassist:
  9. King Crimson.JPG

    love King Crimson! Don't know what year bass though...
  10. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
  11. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    Listening to the title track now, it sounds like a mid-late 60's jazz with rotosound flats being played really hard
  12. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
  13. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Very early backstage photo, London, prior to the US tour.

    Note the strings; tough to tell for sure, but it's tempting to say he was using tapewounds here based on the black appearance.


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  14. Richard_P_Harve


    May 19, 2011
    I always thought that he played a P-Bass with flats with King Crimson but maybe not.

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  15. vinnydbass


    Feb 4, 2008
    There's a video of Emerson, Lake & Palmer jamming in a room,i forget which song they were working on, but it shows greg lake with a black jazz bass playing through a fender amp. definitely with a pick. he picks close to the neck
  16. Max Marchini

    Max Marchini

    Oct 28, 2017
    During The King Crimson era Greg used a late 1966 sunburst jazz bass with block inlays and oval tuner machine, typical of that year. He always had Rotosound Swing bass strings, steel no nickel. Sometimes he may have tried other ones but that were the strings. When he formed ELP he bought a early 1969 black jazz bass and had several ones during the years.
  17. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Check out this isolated bass track from 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mr. Marchini nailed it!

    Tape wounds at first but he wanted it to sound like the lower end of a piano and he went with Rotosound swing bass 66 roundwound strings. Read this and heard it on several interviews with GL

    Jazz bass with ELP

    Jazz Bass with KC
    untitled. 4af46053cca69c93430b164019e642ff.

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