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Rick James - Mary Jane bass FX?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Magikal, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Magikal


    Aug 17, 2011
    Rochester, ny
  2. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    None that I can hear.
  3. Smurf-o-Deth

    Smurf-o-Deth ¡No me gustan mis pantalones!

    Oct 2, 2007
    The state of denial.
    Yeah, that's just juicy booty bass tone, with a pluck thrown in once in a while for accent.
  4. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I didn't know cocaine was an effect....

    Seriously, though, it just sounds like a slapped Rickenbacker going through a tube amp to me.
  5. Magikal


    Aug 17, 2011
    Rochester, ny
    Oh sweet!! So i could obtain this sound with a Fender Bronco Amp?
  6. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    You'll get close, but IME nothing but a Rickenbacker sounds like a Rickenbacker. That amp will definitely put you in the right direction, though!
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  7. Magikal


    Aug 17, 2011
    Rochester, ny
    Rickenbackers are probably the farthest thing from my budget right now, ha. The pops/slaps in the song sound alot like a Controlled Envelope Filter.
  8. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE!

    Mar 31, 2010
    I'm pretty sure it's just some particularly skillful and nasty bass playing! Even with great gear, a whole lot of that tone was in the fingers!
  9. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Rick James posed with various basses, including Rics and Stingrays, on album covers and in a few videos. He did not actually play the bass on records or onstage, generally.

    I've read that the bassist on the session recording Mary Jane was playing a P. No effects, just funky playing.

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