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Recordings of a '51 P in the mix?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Din Of Win, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Hey all,

    I'm tossing around the idea of picking up a '51 P. But, off the top of my head, i can't think of any bands i know that have bassists playing them.

    Can y'all please share some examples of a 51 P in a full band mix?

    Thanks! :bassist:
  2. Jamie_Funk

    Jamie_Funk Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    London, Ontario

  3. Old ZZ Top, first 4 Fabulous Thunderbirds albums. Both Dusty Hill and Keith Ferguson played '51s or '52s on those. Not sure about what kind of strings though.
  4. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    See "The Police"
  5. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Check out the movie "The Commitments." The bass player has a lefty single-coil Fender.

    I have a '51 RI, which is my main bass these days. They are better for recording and low volume situations, which avoid the hum problem.
  6. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Well...only if the studio has done a good job of getting the EMI under control, which they certainly should have.

    Another minor thing that sometimes makes for interesting effects is that they have a .1µFd tone cap, which will roll that thing way down. I was just messing around with that the other night. With big flats, you can get some intense bottom end when you crank that down.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    +1 on the T-Birds. I know for a fact that one was used on "Found a new love" from "Butt Rockin" album.
  8. dlb1001


    Jan 30, 2007
    Yep, on the T-birds. You can really hear Keith on this live video:
  9. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
  10. PhR


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sting didn't get his SCPB until much later. Stewart Copeland on the other hand used his Telecaster bass on his Klark Kent album and singles.

    John Paul Jones used his a lot. Check out for example "Black Dog", "Houses Of The Holy", "The Ocean", "Walter's Walk" and the second disc of "BBC" livedouble.

    Tony Reeves used a Telecaster bass on first three Greenslade albums. Great sound!

    Ronnie Wood played a Telecaster on early Jeff Beck Group records and Tom Petersson used on on this (as a tribute to Woody):

    The Telecaster basses I'm referring to are of course the single pickup models ('68-'72) which were basically reissues of the '51 P-bass.
  11. Keith Ferguson is flats all the way, the grungier the better.
  12. deepbluesuk

    deepbluesuk Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    London, ENGLAND
    Big heavy flats for Keith!!
  13. Jungy


    Jun 9, 2011
    I think there is a bit of Cake stuff with single coil P's of some sort.