1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Jimmie Lee Sloas

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by hgrind, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. hgrind


    Dec 16, 2005
    Otta, Norway
    Anyone here who knows more about this guy? I've heard him on several country albums lately, among others Carrie Underwood's latest cd "Carnival Ride". I love his playing, his tone. Does anyone know what kind of basses and strings he uses?
  2. hertzdem


    Aug 18, 2006
    Jimmy uses Fender basses, p/j pu's (Bartolini,I think),and a Modulus 5 string

  3. Didn't Jimmy Sloas play on Megadeth's The System has Failed?

    There was some ok bass on that album, but it's just odd that a country bassist would be playing with Megadeth. I mean, I know that Megadeth has had a slew of jazz players, but country is not a genre I think of first when I think of chops. Bluegrass, sure, but not country.

    Oh well, decent album. Good bass playing.

  4. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    I used to play some of his stuff in a Christian rock band, covers of Jill Phillips' first album. His playing was top-notch on that cd...
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    These days the cats in the Nashville studios are as good as they come.
    Lync likes this.
  6. svtscruggs


    Mar 18, 2006
    nashville, tn
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg Amps, Fender and Music Man basses
    his main bass...that he has used on a ton of his huge recordings is a jazz bass that has been refinished sparkle gold...the pup's are older dmarzios i think...he showed me this bass one night after drinking at 3rd and porter in nashville...the pups i had never seen before...they had some sort of mid-shift switch thing rite on the pickup...and the electronics were replaced too...i cant remember exactly what all he said (drunk) but im pretty sure he mentioned aquilar...i held this bass in my hands and it had some serious mojo to it...

    hes a top notch player in town and a top notch guy on top of it...
  7. svtscruggs


    Mar 18, 2006
    nashville, tn
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg Amps, Fender and Music Man basses
    this one...

  8. justabass


    Nov 7, 2006
    Nashville TN/Old Hickory TN
    Endorsing-Trace Elliot,Peavey Basses,PedalTrain,Starkey inears
    He used to have a 1964 silver sparkle Fender jazz as well. I'm sure he probably still uses it. I believe he tunes his basses down a whole step... Shawn might know for sure.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    trust me, he's way more than a country bass player.
  10. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    I think those are old Duncan pickups that had the Three switches on them.. Mid eights vintage..

  11. I'd say I could tell you everything there is to know but I'm sworn to secrecy. ;)
  12. basswaggz


    Oct 28, 2009
    The gold jazz was built by Jerry Jones to the same specs as his '64. It has been modded over the years but I'm pretty sure its the Dimarzio pups with the mid shift. He does use an SVT. But don't think that he doesn't use many basses in the studio. He's been known to use pretty much any bass to get the sound someone wants. I think the Keith Urban "Put You in a Song" was on a '51 P.
  13. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Jaydee Basses
    he also used a red sparkle pj w/barts and a silver one...the red one was called OZ.....he is WAY more than a country dude...had some great lines on some 80'90's CCM...very distinct...I could pick him out instantly.
  14. I just wonder how you get that rich midrange in there like on the Carnival Ride album. I've got my compression dialed in a little better these days so it sits in that pocket similarly, but I sure as hell don't have that sweet tone! I've switched to maple necks (well not rosewood fb anyway) and flatwounds, and I think I'm getting closer. Wonder if anybody else knows any details...
  15. hgrind


    Dec 16, 2005
    Otta, Norway
    If I'm not mistaken, this is Jimmie Lee Sloas on bass with Keith Urban:
  16. hgrind


    Dec 16, 2005
    Otta, Norway
    Here's another clip:

    Great playing, great tone. Seems it's a P-bass tuned down one step.
  17. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    Listen to the tone that he's getting on that cut. From a P-bass, no less. Then recognize that details like the kind of pickups or strings he uses, whether his Jazz basses have maple fingerboards or not, etc., are pretty much irrelevant.

    If you want that kind of tone, you need the full package:
    - hit the woodshed, hard and often
    - play on hundreds of important Nashville sessions
    - hook up with great techs
    - hook up with great sound people
    - hook up with great artists

    Somewhere along the way, you're bound to find at least a few models of pickups/strings/basses/DI's/etc. that work for you.

    If you even care about hardware any more at that point...
  18. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Jimmie Lee's got it all in the hands! Amazing player!
  19. BrandonA119

    BrandonA119 Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Eastern Oregon
    MWS, the song starts at 2:15 and Jimmy takes a solo at 4:50.