MY favorite john paul jones bass

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  1. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    you know the jazz one, you know that crazy alembic, but where is the love for the 53 p bass? that thing is an absolute beauty. i’ve heard the story about it where a guy backstage sold him the bass, but it was in a solid purple painted state (including the fretboard) and he had to go to the workbench to scrape all the paint off and he used it on the road for a few years.

    if anyone has any extra pictures of this beast that i don’t already have (those few down there are it pretty much save for a few) they would be appreciated!!
     

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  2. cyberhawk

    cyberhawk BASSES? I Love them ALL Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Colorado
    This one is from 1975.

    JPJ 2 1975 .jpg
     
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    My fav JPJ bass as well [bet your surprised:D].

    This is the most info [and pics] I've seen about it. Hope more can contribute to this thread.
     
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  4. Biggbass

    Biggbass

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    coolest bass of all....and he used a pick !
     
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  5. Bent77

    Bent77

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Never knew it was purple at one point!
     
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  6. my favorite JPJ bass is the left half of his Mellotron

    I can play a passable The Lemon Song, I can play Dazed and Confused, but I sure can't play No Quarter
     
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  7. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    i find it weird most of the pics with the p bass show him using a pick meanwhile most pics with the jazz bass show fingers. maybe he’s just trying to revive the jazz bass treble attack on a p bass by using a pick?
     
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  8. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    and also here’s where that story came from :thumbsup: this dude is from a very well known led zeppelin tribute band, so i trust his information. i know how gear-centric led zeppelin tribute members are. there are certainly devoted bonhamites (terry keating on youtube) that foam at the mouth at the prospect of gear.
     

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  9. cyberhawk

    cyberhawk BASSES? I Love them ALL Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Colorado
    I found another:

    jpj 5.jpg
     
  10. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
  11. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    if you look at live footage, he seems to switch from the jazz bass to the p bass usually after moby dick, or vice versa with the p bass. you see him on it for one half of the show and then after that he’s on another one.
     
  12. cyberhawk

    cyberhawk BASSES? I Love them ALL Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Colorado
    So you have links to zees shows?
     
  13. LUCE

    LUCE

    Jan 9, 2015
    Denver, CO
    I recall hearing that this was the "Black Dog" bass -- true?
     
  14. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    sydney 1972

    also... sydney 1972

    in the second video, the p bass is played towards the beginning, while the jazz comes out later. in the first one, it’s jazz bass all the way through until after moby dick.
     
  15. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    although, rock and roll was a late show performance, so it seems he always brought it out in the later portions of shows.
     
  16. cyberhawk

    cyberhawk BASSES? I Love them ALL Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Colorado
    Very cool. Thanks!
     
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  17. Tecate

    Tecate

    Jun 26, 2007
    I’m in love with this bass!
     
  18. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    It looks good on him.
     
  19. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    I thought that was done on the Hagstrom 8-string?
     
  20. PhR75

    PhR75

    Oct 20, 2021
    Finland
    No, it's the P-bass. Other studiotracks featuring the old single coil Precision (my favourite JPJ bass as well) as far as I think:
    The Immigrant Song
    Out On The Tiles
    Four Sticks (features the Jazz too)
    The Ocean
    Houses Of The Holy
    Walter's Walk

    I love the metallic sound he got with that bass. The Acoustic 361 cab also played a big part of that sound. They definitely mic'ed that cab in the studio, "Out On The Tiles" is a good example of that sound (I think there's two signals with DI providing the bottom and 361 the raunchy dirty clank).
     
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