The best P-bass tone in rock

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Look back a bit in this're welcome.
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  2. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    But listen to the beauty of the P Bass in the mix.
  3. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    If no one has mentioned this yet:
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  4. Yeah. It does sound pretty badass in the mix...well, REALLY badass in the mix...long live Deacy!
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  5. S'up.
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  6. Rimbaud88


    Sep 3, 2014
    The reason I started to play bass was the absolutely amazing Precision tone which Guy Pratt used during Pulse tour with Pink Floyd. Sometimes is very close to Jamerson´s tone.
  7. RamonCorral


    Aug 26, 2014
    John Wetton. SVT head for cleans, Hiwatt heads for overdrive, has to be one of the Pbass tones.

  8. I agree , Dee Murray is one of a kind.
  9. I agree totally
  10. Just reading this thread - interesting reading.

    Can't believe only one mention for Glenn Hughes - his Purple tone is killer. Ric on 'Burn', P-bass all through the rest. 'Made In Europe' (confirmed Precision - although GH is pictured with a Ric) is sublime.

    ...and yet another vote for John Wetton. His King Crimson P-bass tone remains an absolute pinnacle.
  11. Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters
  12. Rob Wright, Nomeansno.
  13. shorty4life


    Dec 22, 2013
    Too many posts to read! But my nominees would be :

    Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction)
    Andrew Weiss (Rollins Band)
    John Nowlin (Barkmarket)
  14. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Totally. I also dig his tone with Black Country Communion and California Breed.
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  15. Mr_Martin


    Jul 31, 2014
    Keith Ferguson
  16. Snowglo

    Snowglo Pro Aris et Focis

    Nov 15, 2013
    U.S. Military endorsement since 1984
    Way too many to pick from! Mars has to be one of the top in my book.

    Anyway, I was just listening to Moisture by Dishwalla. Don't know if it's a P, but holy cow what a great P tone.
  17. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Anyone know if John Deacon played a P Bass on Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy? I love the deep, bouncy-sounding bass tone on that song.
  18. almost human

    almost human

    Sep 30, 2010
    Jeff Pilson on the "Shadowlife" album by Dokken.

  19. Well, he uses a Stingray here, but a lot of bassists used different basses for the music video IE: the fabled Geddy Lee. I think just about everything he recorded was done on the P bass with flats, and sometimes with the Stingray double-tracking and boosting it. (IE: Another One Bites the Dust.) That was one of the earlier songs, so it was most likely the P bass.
  20. Bob played a Gibson EB-3 on the first album.
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