Paul Jackson's rig on Thrust

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mitchthebassplayer, May 28, 2008.


  1. Mitchthebassplayer

    Mitchthebassplayer

    Jan 7, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Olinto, La Bella, JuleAmps, Epifani
    Does anyone know what Paul Jackson used amp-wise in the studio/on the road during his years with Herbie's headhunters band....I'm trying to get that sound in the studio and my old '69 P-bass and SVT-II aren't cutting it!
     
  2. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Did you try flats on the bass? I was in the studio this weekend and recently put flats on my Geddy. Played through an early model V4-B and a vintage Bassman cab...

    Sounded SOOO funky...and I'm not even in a funk band!
     
  3. Mitchthebassplayer

    Mitchthebassplayer

    Jan 7, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Olinto, La Bella, JuleAmps, Epifani
    dude, I have Fender flats on here that haven't been changed in almost 10 years....there's just a growl he gets that I can't quite get without giving away some of the fatness
     
  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo

    Apr 2, 2007
    Most people do not realize that Paul Jackson's bass wasn't even plugged in. Herbie played all the bass parts with his left hand ;)
     
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  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo

    Apr 2, 2007
  6. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Oh yea, it's all technique with that guy!
     
  7. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Good answer. I'm sure he'd still sound like PJ on my basses. One of the absolute greats.... now I need to go listen to some old Herbie!

    I'm pretty sure he still lives in Japan. A keyboardist friend of mine worked with him last year and had a blast. At any rate, he has an interesting myspace page that shows some basses.
     
  8. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    I think the tone is in his fingers and whatever amp it is that he uses. I can't tell exactly what it is from videos. Any help? Sounds very ... like a Gallien-Krueger when it's being pushed. No tweeter. Which is lovely to hear. Wonder how to get that tone on demand. :)
     
  9. Gosh darn it that's good......effortless grooves. Thanks for posting that!
     
  10. Mushroo

    Mushroo

    Apr 2, 2007
    You are welcome!
    And to answer the original question, if I had to guess, I'd say he is recorded through a DI in that clip.
     
  11. VicDamone

    VicDamone

    Jun 25, 2000
    Paul Jackson, Oakland High School 1965.

    If you check this clip out you might see a horn enclosure with a Bose 901 sitting on top.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=0hmVHhH96es&feature=related

    His tone sounded much better live givin the incredible amount of compression and limiting used to record in those days. Flats with the treble up.
     
  12. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thanks for posting the links to those clips. I so love that rhythm section -- Paul Jackson and Mike Clark.
     
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    tightness...
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    One of my favorite videos ever, the two headed monster in full effect. One of the grooves got so good Mike actually looked at PJ and smiled.
    :D
     
  15. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    Did we ever find out what the amp is he play(s/ed) through? Looks he was using the same amp in the aforementioned and much beloved "Good God Almighty That's Funky!" youtube video.



    Is it acceptable that I enjoy listening to "Thrust" much more than "Headhunters"?

    :bag:
     
  16. watspan

    watspan

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    I saw "Mike Clarks Prescription Renewel" a few years back. Mike, PJ, Bill Summers, Larry Goldings on B-3, Fred Wesley on 'bone and a sax player whose name I don't remember. talk about a funk fest extrordinaire! I also saw pj w/ HH& Headhunters in the mid-70's--I vaguely recall Acoustic amplification. One of my all time favorites and major influence (although I couldn't and can't play anything like PJ!)
     
  17. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
     
  18. Saw the Headhunters live back in the seventies. PJ was using a Bose system.
     
  19. thombo

    thombo Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    paul is a fresh roundwound guy... flats and dead strings won't cut it.

    along w/ the bose, it could have been an acoustic amp. i have read interviews where pj praises old acoustic amps, and have seen clips of him using them. don't know if it is what he had in the studio though... could have been direct.

    he also plays really aggressively, diggin deep w/ his right hand and hammering hard w/ his left.
     
  20. watspan

    watspan

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    you sir, may well have a better memory than I!
     
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