Post pics of time-worn basses being played by famous bassists

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ant Illington, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. Ant Illington

    Ant Illington I'm Anthony but I'm only illin' Inactive

    We see artificially road-worn basses all of the time so my memory of famous guys playing genuinely time-worn basses has been all but erased.

    I'm really interested in pics of ANY working bassists playing their naturally worn-in basses pre-1990, before the relicing phenomenon really clouded the waters of genuine vs. relic.

    I'm not denying that pics of dozens of famous players playing their prized aged workhorse exist in vast numbers but my quick google search yielded mostly mint to great condition basses being played and I can only vaguely recall pics of maybe Jaco or Sting with a kinda beat up bass (albeit hand-removed frets, right? And who knows what else done). So, please post all such pics here!
     
  2. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Ravenholm
    Adam Clayton of U2, mid and late 80's.

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    George Porter Jr. with P…

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  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Here's my favorite, but unfortuately, it's not mine. A Fellow TBer built a Tribute of John Wetton's roadworn, stripped and lacquered King Crimson-Era P-Bass, which is remarkably identical to the original. He also has a YouTube video of him playing it. It absolutely nails the sound of Wetton's P-Bass too.
     

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  4. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Eugene
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  5. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    Tony Levin.

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  6. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
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    Sting with his '53 Precision
     
  7. WoodyJ

    WoodyJ

    Jul 29, 2008
    Atlanta GA suburb
    The late Paul Goddard (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Roy Orbison's Candymen, Classics IV, etc.) playing his 1957 Precision in 1974, before he switched to the Rick 4001.

    Then and now - I bought it from Paul back in 1980.

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  8. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
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  9. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    My favorite time-worn bass--Leo Lyons from Ten Years After
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  10. UnDoNe

    UnDoNe

    Dec 6, 2002
    UK
    Matt Sharp, Weezer and The Rentals. '73 Jazz body

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  11. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    I think she's still playing--Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth
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  12. alltomorrowsparties

    alltomorrowsparties

    Oct 18, 2014
    She just put out a single and I think a solo album is coming. So far it sounds awesome.
     
  13. jaysbass2002

    jaysbass2002 Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2013
    Northern New York
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  14. lukatch

    lukatch

    Feb 18, 2015
    127.0.0.1
  15. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
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  16. inanimate_carb

    inanimate_carb

    Aug 11, 2016
    Doug Wimbish and his 1987 Spector NS-2, which he really hasn't retired yet:


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