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Partridge Family Bass???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lobster_boy, Sep 20, 2001.


  1. What kind of bass did the red headed guy from the partridge family play?, this is a question thats been buggin me for a quite a while. I thought it was a fender-P but my friend says it was a hollow-body so im pretty confused. Do any of you guys know?
     
  2. I'm not a real trivia nut and wouldn't bet on it , but I seem to remember a 70's fender jazz with the block inlayed finger board
     
  3. I think it was a blue Starfire/Rivoli looking thing.
     
  4. masaru

    masaru

    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    He actually "played" a few different basses, including a P-Bass, a Jazz, a hollow body f hole of some sort and an Ovation toward the end of the series
     
  5. If I remember right, it was definately a big red Gibson Rivoli (ES-335 shaped thing). I remember because it looked huge on the kid, and he always had it strapped on kind of high. :p

    Peace,
    -Nate
     
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  7. Okaaay.... Well, it looks like Danny really liked his short scale basses (good thing too, cus I forgot how small he really looked). Looks to me like he has a Fender Mustang bass in several pictures. However that red bass (which I thought was like a Gibson Rivoli) is now a BIG mystery to me. You are right masaru, he does appear to be playing a kind of Ovation. However, it kinda looks like an Ovation neck on a Gibson or more likely (with the dual pickups) a Guild Starfire body. I didn't think Ovation ever made a bass like that. If they did I am sure it very rare. Anyway, I would love to find out what the story is on that thing.

    Peace,
    -Nate
     
  8. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Nah, that Ovation bass is real. It's a Typhoon.

    It was made for them in Italy (there was also a guitar version, see David Cassisy with on in that pic with him at the mike). They were named after storms: the bass was the Typhoon (available fretless!!) and the guitars the Thunderhead, Eclipse and Tornado.

    Ovation has a 1972 catalog at their web site that shows the Typhoon:

    http://www.kamanmusic.com/OvationNow/HTML_Resources/ovation_brochure_retro/1972_typhoon_iv2.htm

    http://www.kamanmusic.com/OvationNow/HTML_Resources/ovation_brochure_retro/1972_typhoonv_2.htm

    Ovation provided a buch of gear for the show, in different episodes you can see David Cassidy with Ovation flat-tops and a Breadwinner guitar (http://www.kamanmusic.com/OvationNo...re_retro/ovation_solid_bodies_breadwinner.htm) , also those weird Ovation "Dude" model amps with the padded covering.
     
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  9. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Wow! That Danny Partridge kid is realllllly talented! Who knew he could play BOTH righty & lefty.... and Jack Cassidy's doing the lefty thing too! Hmmmmm... coincidence? (Then again, it could be that the first picture's been flipped) Think about it....

    Now there's an interesting poll... Does yours hang to the left or to the right (or both like Danny's)?
     
  10. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Hey, wait a minute.... That's NOT Jack Cassidy... IT'S AN IMPOSTER!
     
  11. Bernie

    Bernie

    Dec 12, 1999
    I seem to recall seeing him with a white hollow body also.Gretch maybe?Maybe.... hallucinating?LSD-C'mon get happy!!!
     
  12. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    Nope, that's my great uncle, Ray Bolger.
     
  13. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    C'mon, was he really that "great" of an uncle?
     
  14. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania
    B'hahaha
    Never got to meet him.
     
  15. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Gruffpuppy, you got any Laurie Partridge close-ups? Just wanted to see whether that's a Vox keyboard she's playing.
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Sure you do, Max... sure you do.


    And I read Newsweek for the "articles".

    ;)
     
  17. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    I just remember the episode when the skunk gets on the tour bus and the producers of that show tortured us sixth grade boys by parading her around in that bathrobe. And then their velveteen pantsuits with the shirt collars the size of boat sails were ruined and they had to raid the costume shop and they put Laurie in that drum majorette ensemble. There she was . . . playing that Vox keyboard . . . (well not really playing.)

    I admit it. I was in love with Laurie Partridge. Those mischevious blue eyes. The way she insulted Keith. That overbite.
     
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  18. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I've only seen minutes of the show (that's all I could stomach!). But Bonaduce didn't look like he was "playing" it. :confused:

    Max - If you're thinking of the Vox Jaguar or the Continental, they had a bigass "VOX" logo plate on the front. Plus the Vox legs were metal. At least, all I'm aware of. (Continental had a really pleasing, forceful sound through a Dual Showman).

    It looks like a Farfisa to me.
     
  19. Sorry Max this is the closest one I could find.
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    And here she is playing the brown pillow.
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    And one of her playing the Reiner.[​IMG]
     
  20. LeeNails

    LeeNails

    Dec 1, 2017

    Nobody is getting it 100% correct, so here I am at long last to save the day. In the pilot episode, Danny 'played' a full-size Fender P Bass that was so gigantic for him that he mimed with it while sitting on a stool. He didn't stand up with it even once while 'playing' it. For amps the family borrowed the Monkees' backline of Vox Super Beatles (with the Vox nameplates taped over), with an odd solid-state Yamaha amp thrown in the mix, presumably for Laurie's keyboard. David Cassidy played a sunburst Strat that may have been pre-CBS, and in the garage scene when Shirley walks in and yells "QUIET!" he's really playing it, wah wah pedal and all. It might have been his own guitar.

    For the first season they gave Danny a smaller red Fender Mustang to pluck, on which he usually connected his strap to the neck rather than the upper horn body strap button. Amps were great big rotating speaker organ jobs provided by Wurlitzer, not a real guitar amp in sight. David used a single pickup Gretsch Anniversary that had been refinished blonde, and again may have been one of David's. He also used a Gibson acoustic 12 string, he even used a Gibson Everly Brothers acoustic in Episode 25. Shirley sometimes got lumbered with an Elka Panther Duo Combo organ.

    By Season Two the producers had cut a deal with Ovation and they began supplying guitars, basses, amps and even microphones. David was handed both 12 and 6 string acoustic electrics, in both natural and sunburst with pretty much no regard for what was used on the recording. He sometimes used a hollow body Storm series double cutaway electric in natural Nutmeg brown finish with gold hardware. David also played several Ovation solid body Breadwinner electric 6 strings, mostly a white one, but also blue, black, brown sunburst and red versions. These Breadwinners had simpler and likely better bridge and tailpiece units, and were prototypes rather than production models. The amplifiers were huge, strange Ovation 'Dude' series solid-state stacks that had vinyl padding and plenty of high frequency horns.

    As far as basses, Danny was given a brown natural Nutmeg finished double cutaway hollow body Storm series Typhoon bass that matched David's guitar, except that the bass had chrome rather than gold hardware. This bass had white binding and bound F holes. He used this bass through most of the second season. As time went on Danny was given other hollow body basses by Ovation that were all similar to the brown Typhoon but were in reality Eclipse basses which had been re-painted. Ovation got a batch of hollow bodies from their German supplier that they didn't like the look of. Rather than throw them out, Ovation opted to paint over the bodies, binding and all, with their pebbly black Lyrachord paint, giving them a strange textured appearance. They dubbed these black guitars Eclipse models. Not much liking the on camera look of these black basses, the producers had Ovation repaint them in white, blue and red, in order to match David's Breadwinner prototypes. Danny played the black Eclipse bass only once that I recall, and was usually handed the white version, blue being the second favorite. No body or F hole binding can be seen on any of these re-painted Eclipse basses. Danny's strap placement migrated from neck to body and back to neck as the mood struck him. He was sometimes seen strapping on one of David's Ovation acoustic electrics or Breadwinners.

    You might wonder why I would know all of this trivia. . . .well, I was once in a band called the Danny Partridge Experience. Ha ha ha.