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Mark King Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by peledog, Sep 27, 2013.


  1. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  2. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ohio
    Mark King is awesome.

    Never heard of the bass though..
     
  3. Reminds me of an old American Deluxe with a deep lower horn cut, in an interesting colour. I'd lose the tort for some mint or parchment, though.
     
  4. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    He had a very brief association with Fender in the late 90s, but I think the J-bass he was seen playing during that time ended up being made by a small British company (not Status).

    Not saying this isn't a legitimate listing, but the concept of a Mark King Fender endorsement may be more of something someone once wanted to happen than really did.

    At no point has Mark King used a bass that sounded anything like a J, ever. IMO.
     
  5. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Here's the Ohne Filter show where he was playing the J clone that sounds nothing like a J-Bass. Pickups look like humbuckers.

    This is actually one of the better live concert recordings in the post-Level 42 era, if you ask me. I have it on DVD, and the separation they used in the mix is wild. The bass is almost toally isolated to the center channel in the 5.1 mix.

     
  6. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Here's a picture of him using a similar Fender Jazz Bass.

    84887813-photo-of-fender-jazz-bass-and-mark-king-and-gettyimages.
     
  7. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Here's another photo of the sign model:

    fender.
     
  8. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Yep. Again, I have no doubt the the bass is legit, but there was never really a time when he was going around playing Fender basses and I'm not sure he recorded anything with one either. Although the basses on the "One Man" album could be anything.

    Actually, that is a really pretty bass, though.
     
  9. philtoler

    philtoler

    Dec 3, 2009
    I think that was a Bernie Goodfellow ("GB") bass - very classy piece of kit.
     
  10. BassBod

    BassBod

    Aug 18, 2006
    Bristol, UK
    Think it was a Fender UK thing - only difference being a very flat fingerboard. He also put tape over the pickups on his personal ones, to stop the poles getting wacked.
     
  11. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    Only 42 of these made!
     
  12. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I haven't seen this recording. You're right, the mix is incredible.

    That looks like the sig model with the Sims LEDs.

    I wonder what it sounds like. Judging by the photos from the ebay listing, it looks like a bunch of set up specs on the front sticker. Fender preamp?
     
  13. philtoler

    philtoler

    Dec 3, 2009
    This was indeed a GB Spitfire bass
     

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