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MowTown "funk" tone.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bluez Dawg, Feb 7, 2006.


  1. Sense most of you are aware of my purchase of the Yorkville XM200 TC with 2x10's, I want to know how to get close to the Old mo town funk sound, Like James Brown, Otis Redding, Blues Brothers, Otis And the Knights, And Areithia Franklin?


    So what pedals should I buy? I'am thinking about digitech only.
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure nobody used any Digitech pedals on any Motown hit recordings...
     
  3. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    USA-Mineola
    Try using a Fender P bass with flat wound strings and you’ll be in the ballpark.
     
  4. Haha, you could'nt get me to play a fender if my life was at stake, Unless it's an old I mean old fender like 50-60's fender, anways what other pedals to look for?


    "fyi" I play a Cort artisan B series P&J Bass, with flatwounds.
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    I agree - the Motown funk sound was no effects and a Fender bass with old strings - but mainly it was about the players, their rhythmic feel and the kind of extensive experience, honed over many years, of putting the right notes in exactly the right place!!

    No amount of pedals are going to help you with that!! ;)
     
  6. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Nah man Jamerson was all over those hits with the Digitech Bass SYnth Wah, have you not heard his digitech Whammy solo in Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, you haven't lived :D





    :bag:

    Another vote for P bass with flats and so much skill it's unreal.
     
  7. pacojastorius

    pacojastorius Guest

    May 21, 2005
    usa
    if you can't get a good sound out of a fender give up bass and play keyboards:p
     
  8. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
  9. I want like a lot of funk, you guys faimilar with the game interstate 76? the background music is what I've been trying for.
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Wel that sure 'aint Motown....:meh:
     
  11. What pedals, would you suggest I look at Bruce?
     
  12. It should have been a clue when it was described as "Mowtown".:smug: :smug:

    Could this be a genre with which we are unfamiliar?:eyebrow:
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    If you really want to get the funk - then it is not about pedals, it is about rhythmic feel and note placement!
     

  14. More of an era, Like Otis Redding, Otis & the pimps "knights" not sure wich they are, Areithia Franklin, John Lee hooker, James Brown.
     
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Wel I've heard many tracks by the artist mentioned, but on none of them, were the bassists using any effects pedal! :meh:
     
  16. Yeah, I know but they had Bassist playing for them.
     
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    And your point is ...?

    How can we answer the question then... it makes no sense? :confused:
     
  18. Nevermind, Anways I will find my tone I'm looking for sooner or later, just give me some time "may be a while though".
     
  19. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    My Korg Toneworks f/x has a setting called "Motown".
    :confused: