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Mike Porcaro's Cirrus???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Murf, Mar 23, 2005.


  1. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Hi Guys/Gals
    This is driving me around the bend, I'm trying to identify Mike Porcaro's Cirrus 5 (The one he's playing in the Toto Live in Amsterdam video). It Looks like a standard "Tigereye" but I thought the tigereye cirrus came with an ebony neck?? (also it dosent look as orangey as other tiger eyes I've seen...then again that could be the stage lighting).

    Any ideas?? I'm going crazy to get a Cirrus5 but I have to order it online and Mikes Cirrus is exactly the colour/style that I want.

    pics here

    http://www.rockreport.be/gigreport.asp?id=44


    cheers
     
  2. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Murf-

    Looks like birdseye to me. Don't forget, just because it isn't offered as a standard option doesn't mean that they won't make it for a guy like MP. You might even be able to call them up and find out what the exact specs were on that particular instrument and have them build you a copy.

    Lonnybass
     
  3. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
  4. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Thats what I thought it looks like a standard tigereye body but with a birdseye maple neck I think your right, its gotta be a custom job. I'm curious is there a massively noticeable difference tone wise between the ebony and the birdseye maple necks?.. (If the differences were only slight I could save a few bucks and just go for the standard tigereye model).

    cheers
    Murf
     
  5. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Murf-

    In terms of tone, think of the wood color as being a generatized approximation of what it might sound like - maple is generally bright and snappy sounding. I'd suggest considering the whole bass and all the woods going into it rather than just focusing on the fingerboard - all these other variables come into play, like what the body is made of (alder vs. maple vs. walnut, etc.) and what electronics settings you prefer. Please be aware that I'm no expert specifically on the Cirrus - but I know a thing or two about getting some good MP tone. :)

    Lonnybass
     
  6. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
  7. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland
    Thanks for the advice Lonnybass :)


    Murf
     
  8. That link is complete porno!!! ;) Suddenly owning just one Cirrus doesn't seem to be enough.
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  10. We're opening for Toto tonight!Union of Saints

    I'll see what he's playing and let you know!
     
  11. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Cool. I've seen Mike play a bunch of basses - Musicmans, F Bass, at least 3 Cirri, Status, Ibanez and many others (here's a link to a Status pic - http://www.status-graphite.com/status/carts3/frames/frame4.htm). Backline gear I've seen has mainly been Peavey 8x10s, but lately I think he's been doing the direct route with no backline.

    Lonnybass
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Murf, when you say birdseye maple neck, are you referring to the fingerboard? The link that you posted will not load, so I can't see Mike's Cirrus.

    The Cirrus is available with birdseye fingerboard as an option. Peavey has never used ebony as a neck on any instrument.

    For reference, here are pictures of my tiger eye Cirrus. The woods are alder body, quilt maple top, birdseye maple and purpleheart neck, and ebony fingerboard.

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  13. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    He meant Birdseye FB. Here's the pic:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    This occured to me...while gassing around at the Custom Cirrus page, I noticed that you have no option of getting just a solid wood body with no special top, like solid alder, ash etc.. You have to pick a top, which to me is pointless if you get a non translucent finish. It's a waste of $200 or $300. Does anyone know if you can order one without the top and just the solid body?
     
  15. Last night he played the Cirrus through a PodXT, no backline. Toto brought in their own Clare Bros. monitor system and FOH mixer. Backup bass was a G&L.

    His Cirrus is seriously beautiful! Even my wife comment on his bass. Hmmm . . . may be an angle here.

    What an unbelievable performance.
     
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is one of the reasons that I would find a Peavey dealer that you trust, and place the order through them. Some of the options on that website make no sense.

    The other reason is that if you place your order through a dealer, I guarantee you that you can beat the price on the website.