Question for the Stax experts

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by billgwx, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. billgwx


    Apr 10, 2009
    Centereach NY
    Been on a big Stax kick lately...and have a question about Duck Dunn's bass sound on the Otis Redding song "I Can't Turn You Loose." How is Duck getting that bass sound? I seriously doubt Duck is using a pick, and don't think his bass amp is farting out either. My guess is very low action with some fret buzz, or some serious digging in. Thoughts anyone?

    FWIW, Bruce Thomas gets a similar sound out of his P at the end of the Elvis Costello song "5ive Gears in Reverse", a song in which BT calls his bass playing a tribute to Duck.
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  3. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yeah, really digging in. Hey, not to derail, more of a side step, does anyone else get a pain in their hand, sort of at the base of the thumb on the outside of the hand, when playing this song? I do every time, and I can't figure out what the problem is.