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Kai Eckhardt's fretless sound

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by milesaway, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. milesaway


    Oct 31, 2004
    I play a fretless and it sounds like Sting's. How can I get a jazzyer sound (Kai Eckhardt's early 90's recordings with John McLaughlin)?
  2. Dennis Kong

    Dennis Kong Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Mateo CA
    I used to study with Kai about until about 3 years ago. I think it's the same one that Smash posted.

    When I used to go to his studio in Oakland, the bass would be sitting on stand near his keyboards. I don't remember if I
    tried it or not, but I did try out his Modulus and he tried out
    my Graphite Guitar Systems 5 String ( Jerry of GGS started up
    his company after leaving Modulus.) and set up the pickup height to balance all 5 strings equally. I just bought my 1st
    5 string at that time.
    I asked why he chose a wood neck over a graphite neck for fretless and he replied it has less "whistle tones" (or less overtones on upper harmonic area -above the octave G on
    G string or higher- my estimate). I had a 4 string Status
    fretless at that time and did notice those overtones too, but
    didn't mind them.

    Did you know about his CD?? It's called " Honour Simplicity, Respect The Flow." Naim Cd 047. released in '99. Don't know
    if it still in print or not.

    (I haven't talked with him for awhile but plan to study with him again. At the moment I 'm studying
    upright bass with Glen Richmond- (Bobby Hutchinson, Mimi Fox).

    The Cd's 9th cut features his fretless solo playing. Great Stuff as you probably know.