Ray Brown

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by gypsydjango, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. gypsydjango


    Jul 9, 2009
    Would anyone know what make/type of string Ray Brown would have used in the late 1950'-1960's? DB players today do not seem to get that sound 'from yesteryear'. What make/type of string would he have used in later years? Your answers much appreciated.
  2. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    A quick look up yielded that in the 60's, he had a signature set of "Lycon" steel strings, which he had a business deal with them.
    When Lycon went belly up, Thomastik was there to reap the business. Before the 60's, Can't help you though.
    Steel strings were a bit more expensive in the 50's, than guts.
  3. Nathan Parker

    Nathan Parker

    Oct 10, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    If memory serves, that has been asked on this forum before, and the answer is Artones, Red-O-Rays and other 50's-60's era gut strings.
  4. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Ray Brown's sound is in his hands. The changes in his recorded tone from his gut strings days to his steel string days were very small. Only late in his recordings did you notice a decrease in power slightly as he got physically old and not as strong.

    Players today don't get the sound from yesteryear because they don't know how to get a strong loud acoustic sound. When Ray cut his teeth as a player they used no amps on the bass so they had to learn how to get a loud clear sound that cut.

    Many modern players have not played much without amps. As such they don't develop the chops to get that sound.

    The sound is in your hands.
  5. gypsydjango


    Jul 9, 2009
    Many thanks for the replies---and Phil--'The sound is in your hands'--I think that just about sums it up (well almost!)--a good musician will sound good on almost anything.
  6. Bobby King

    Bobby King Supporting Member

    May 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    How's this for some Ray Brown awesomeness?

  7. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    Sweet. This is so very, very tasty. As much as I love the Evans/Scotty version, I respect someone who leaves the listener wanting more. Play a tasty solo over one chorus without trying to play everything you can, just because you can. Ray, no doubt, could have said a lot more, but didn't. What he played was perfect.
  8. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    The sound sure was in Ray's hands! He did use the beloved Lycons for a time.