The best J-Bass Tone in rock

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Holy War, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Holy War

    Holy War

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    if the P guys can have theirs, then we should have ours :bassist:

    Ill just throw Geddy on out there just to get it out of the way
  2. Everything_bass


    Aug 12, 2008
  3. Stickk


    Sep 2, 2008
    I really dig Tim Commerford's tone.
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Since I created the Rock P-bass tone thread, I'll follow the parameters I stated there. IMO, Geddy is for the J what Steve Harris is for the P: He's a superb player, but he doesn't need a J-bass to be recognized. Actually, this is even truer with Geddy since he has switched basses during his career (Harris hasn't, as far as I know) and still sounds like him. In other words, I don't think his tone is a good representation of the J-bass tone. While the original bass tracks of "Tom Sawyer" and "Red Barchetta" have their notable tone differences, few can tell they were recorded with the J-bass and the Ric, respectively (I mean, without reading about it or watching this video, for instance).

    Having said that, I guess I must think a lot before settling on a player as firmly as I did with Burke Shelley on the P-bass thread, but the first recording that comes to my mind as the "most authentic" J-bass tone in rock is the original version of Lenny Kravitz's "Mr. Cab Driver". Performed by Kravitz himself, as far as I understand.
  5. JacobE


    Jul 19, 2008
    fiona kitchin from the drones
  6. Dave R

    Dave R

    Sep 21, 2007
    Boise, ID USA
    John Paul Jones with 'Zep. Lemon song. What a sweet, beefy tone.

    And anything Joe Osborn ever did. Everyone knows the ending to "Age of Aquarius", right?

    Although my personal favorite of his is "America" from Simon & Garfunkle's Bridge Over Troubles Waters album. Pure bass poetry.
  7. bThumper38

    bThumper38 brian ebert

    Berry Oakley
  8. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    It's "Miller Time" of the Marcus variety.
  9. heavyhitter


    Jan 24, 2008
    John Paul Jones +Jazz bass = ROCK!
  10. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    no way, it's me..... The other week at GC when I was trying out the fender vintage El Cheapo fretless jazz (the 300 buck one). What an awsome pinch that thing had with just the bridge PU on.... I love my G&L but that sound has been on my mind ever since....

  11. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    The dude in Foghat! Im not joking.
  12. PF all-star

    PF all-star

    Dec 30, 2008
  13. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    I know he play sadowsky now, but I have to say Will Lee. He doesn't play rock all the time, but that is the kind of tone that is perfect in anything
  14. markkoelsch


    Sep 6, 2008
    It was Geddy, but back in the Moving Pictures/Signals era. Now, his sound is a little distorted for me, and too high end twangy for me...especially live.
  15. jk3


    Jul 25, 2007
    Noel Redding.
  16. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Me mtoo
  17. vinnydbass


    Feb 4, 2008
    juan alderete with the mars volta. he uses a lakland darryl jones, but its a twist off a j-bass.

  18. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
    John Paul Jones and Larry Graham (yes, he rocks IMO)
  19. NickBass81


    Jul 4, 2008
    Endorsing Bulkmusic Strings
    We are talking about rock sound, so IMO some players with great J tone are: John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Randy Jackson (before switching to Yamaha...great tone with the TRB too, of course), Marcus Miller (he played rock too!! Check out Billy Idol's "Whiplash Smile" or Richard Marx's "Rush Street"), Lee Sklar with James Taylor....
  20. i really like david wm. simms from the jesus lizard.