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Stanley Clarke .......?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by peterpalmieri, Nov 28, 2005.


  1. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    Ok guys, I saw him on Friday night at the IMAC in Huntington, NY.

    Sounded awesome I couldn't have been more pleased, except for the virus I came down with when I got home. A few interesting observations.

    2 SWR 1x18, 2 SWR 4x10, Roland Jazz Chorus, SWR Redhead. All for show he went direct to the house nothing coming from the stage is that normal for him or maybe a technical difficulty?

    Looked like 2 Alembic Pres, a tuner, power conditioner and a rack mount effects unit, but no power amps.

    Looks like he was using a Sansamp Acoustic DI for his upright, I could easily be mistaken.

    He played one bass that seemed to be strung A,D,G,C ?

    He was killer and had his signature sound but what happened to a stage rig?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    As long as he sounded good, what difference does it make? The vast majority of bass players these days use their stage rig as a monitor anyway.
     
  3. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    JimmyM, Thanks for your informative response.

    You are absolutely correct it makes no difference and I do realize that many players use their rig as a stage monitor.

    .....but.....I am curious.

    Come to think of it I shouldn't have made any note of his right or left hand technique on the electric or upright, what difference does it make he sounded good!
     
  4. msquared

    msquared

    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Curiousity doesn't actually kill many cats.

    It's not like Stanley Clarke is Gene Simmons. I'd be interested as to why he had a bunch of SWR cabs onstage in the first place, and doubly so if he was only using a Redhead.
     
  5. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY
    I should have also mentioned:

    Stanley used a lot of his ring finger on the right hand during slow passages.

    Began with his second finger on most alternating passages with his right hand.

    He also tends to hang the thumb of his left hand over the fingerboard when playing double stops to hit those low notes.

    On the upright I can't even begin to explain his slap/strum technique he must have hands of steel.
     
  6. mahrous

    mahrous

    Aug 13, 2005
    Egypt
    Clarke's Alembic Signature bass is actually a Tenor bass which is a short scale tuned to ADGC.

    as for his equipment, i have no clue. but i never knew he plays SWR.
     
  7. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    The sound company probably brought along a bunch of amps as backline for Stanley to try, and he picked the Redhead.
    It's very expensive to carry around your own rig these days.
     
  8. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Jerry, I agree.

    Plus, I dunno, one can get to the point of "I'll just use whatever is there".
    ;)

    I still like the Jaco story-
    IIRC, Zawinul(?) told Jaco to get to NYC with just his basssince an amp would be provided. Jaco said he was bringing his amp, cab, etc "...'cause it's my sound, man!"

    ;)
     
  9. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Racine,Wi
    That's a great Jaco story. :) Yeah I used to have this refridgerator rig until I discovered a Demeter preamp, a crown 1000w power amp and an Accugroove El Wappo cab. The fridge was GONE.