JPJ’s tone in D’Yer Mak’er

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by, Jan 31, 2020.


    Apr 12, 2013
    Not sure if this is the right forum, but here it goes. Maybe I’m just uninformed, but one thing that intrigued me for years is how to get the kind of bass tone one is to find in D’Yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin. It has that subtle bite in the beginning of the notes, but the fundamental tone is actually weak, not very present.

    Any ideas?
  2. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    I just listened, and I believe he's using a pick and heavily muting the strings with his picking hand (lying a part of it on the strings enough to muffle the sound, but not completely deaden it).
    My guess is that he was still using a Fender Jazz Bass at this point. It sure sounds like flatwound strings to me, although he always (as far as I know) insisted that he used roundwounds. If you're trying to get this sound, I'd recommend flatwounds, for the percussive "click."
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  3. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    He did NOT always insist that he used rounds. There are rather recent interviews where he asserts that, but around '76 (Guitar Player Magazine interview) he said he used flats until he got his first Alembic.
  4. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I'm guessing his usual '63 Jazz with old Roto 77 Jazz Flats, pick, palm muted.

    Apr 12, 2013
    Thanks for all the replies. Yes, agreed on the pick + flats + palm muting, but EQ-wise, how do you get that low end that is not that present, but still felt. I don’t now how to describe it. There are lows, but it’s as if they didn’t have a body.
    The bass tone in Hendrix’s Wait Until Tomorrow seems to be in the same ballpark, but there there’s actual low end, as if the full spectrum was there. It’s just that it has that initial bite. Actually this would be a great tone to mimic as well in the situation I’m working on, but the JPJ one is harder for me to find out how to reproduce.
  6. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Zeppelin rules.
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  7. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Well a Jazz, with both pickups full out, will by nature scoop a bit of mids out. That's a big part of it I would think. You can always dial out a small bit of mid bass between 125-500.
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