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John Paul Jones's Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MusicMan16, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. MusicMan16


    Nov 27, 2005
    Hey Guys i have been playing bass guitar for a long while, but sadly i dont know anything about bass guitars except knowing how to play them. I was wondering what kind of bass(model)and year Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones had, because I am wanting to buy one at any cost. Pictures would be highly apprechiated
    thanks guys
    sorry about the bad english
  2. That was when he was 14... I don't know what year that would be.

    ...but that would be his first. :D

    Getting a nice '60s or '70s Fender Jazz would be a good idea.
  3. anchorsteam


    Nov 17, 2005
    woodstock, ny
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Well, I'm missing something for sure, but he first played Fender Jazz Basses...


    ...and then Alembics...


    ...including an 8-string, most notably used in "Achilles' Last Stand".
  5. I think it was a 63/64 Jazz.

    As well as the Alembics, he played a maple-boarded fretless Precision, an EUB and a stipped Telecaster bass.

    ..as well as loads of others, probably. :)
  6. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    In my band's old rehearsal space, there was a poster with him playing what was clearly a P-bass body with a Jazz pup near the bridge. Oh, the body had a neck on it, too ;) but we couldn't agree if it was a P or J neck.

    I also recall an interview where he mentioned getting one of the best bass tones he ever heard from an Alembic fretless.

    Funny, on the albums, he always sounded like JPJ :)
  7. I'm pretty sure he had a fender bass vi for a while, too.
  8. Didn't know that - I've seen pictures of him playing a 'burst Fender Bass V.

    I've just read that his J is a '61 (he must have swapped out the electronics for a 3-knob), and the Telecaster may have been a '52 P. Not certain, though.
  9. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    From the first album through Physical Graffiti he used a 1963 Fender Jazz with a Rosewood fretboard and Rotosound roundwound strings. After that he used a couple of Alembic Series basses, a 4 and an 8 string with his signature body shape. He used those until Zeppelin broke up in 1980.
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  10. zazz


    Feb 27, 2004
    never heard of jpj with a vi...sure you dint mean jack bruce?

    anyway ...if you want the classic jpj sound today i would not bother with alembic...its the 1960's jazz bass that was the sound!!

    so its a custom closet classic fender jazz bass in sunburst from custom shop....

    and an acoustic stack from ebay.....or use the basspod version (not quite the same as the real thing but easier to carry).:bassist:
  11. I think he's also played/plays Manson basses, made by a company in Devon, England.
  12. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Anyone know the control layout on his Alembic basses?
    I tried but could not find.
  13. Rick Turner

    Rick Turner Commercial User

    Jul 14, 2004
    I design and build electric basses and pickups under the Turner, Renaissance, and Electroline brand names.
    I built that Alembic in the picture for him.
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  14. In my humble opinion, that means you crafted an instrument for one of Rock and Roll's gods. As if Zeus himself came down from Mount Olympus and said, "I require an instrument to defeat all my enemies and unite all my friends. Can you, luthier, craft such an instrument?"

    That is so cool.
  15. Skel


    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado

    Man, I'm impressed. That's amazing! Did you meet him?
  16. <Turn on comic guy voice> Best description ever... </voice off>
  17. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm pretty sure most of his recent basses are by Manson.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    @Rick Turner,

    Did you actually build the bass upon JPJ's request or did he just so happen to "walk in" & buy it? What were the specs on it, if you could remember? Any pics of you, it, JPJ?


    PS: JPJ was one of my early day influences, still love his work/style/writing...
  19. 1zero


    May 20, 2005
    i often see pics of him n a jazz..this is my first time seeing him with an alembic...then again i wasn't ever a real big JPJ fan

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    60's Fender Jazz Bass.

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