The best P-bass tone in rock

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


  1. Matty Ice

    Matty Ice

    Jan 18, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    Eric Avery, absolutely.
     
  2. lefty

    lefty

    Sep 25, 2004
    Dude Mars Cowling ripped with Aldridge! Saw them live back in th 70s....most people don't even know!
     
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  3. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    I ended up with the black p bass kristen recorded and toured with before her death. It's up there with the best sounding p basses of all time.

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    Ill get some better pics when home from vacation.
     
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  4. A.K.

    A.K.

    Jan 9, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Peter Baltes on "Balls to the Wall" by Accept. Absolutely killer P-bass tone, as was the case for all the band's '80s records.



    Francis Buchholz on "Tokyo Tapes" by Scorpions. Blistering live P-bass tone on one of the greatest live albums ever made.

     
  5. A.K.

    A.K.

    Jan 9, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Oh, and don't forget Tom Fowler on "Roxy and Elsewhere." He dominates this track, which is built around his bass riff. Scott Thunes said it was Fowler's tone on this album that made him into a P-bass man.

     
  6. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Bruce Thomas-Watching The Detectives.
    Duck Dunn-Soul Man
    John Deacon- Another One Bits The Dust.
    Chuck Rainy- Peg.
    Pino Palladino-Chicken Grease.
     
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  7. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    How did you come into possession of this bass, kid, and who is the man you are pictured with?
     
  8. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    I am close friends with Kristen's brother and was able to purchase the bass shortly after Kristen's death 22 years ago.
    I've left the bass as is except for replacing the emg pickups with bartolinis that went on the fritz not to long after buying the bass.
     
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  9. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    Bruce Thomas has produced some of my favorite P bass tones ever. However, the recording of Watching the Detectives slightly predates the Attractions (despite the billing on the single). Andrew Bodnar of Graham Parker's backing band, the Rumour, plays bass on that track.
     
  10. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Gold Supporting Member

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  11. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    ABSOLUTELY and the first one to come to my mind.
     
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  12. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Dale Peters with the James Gang has one of my favorite P bass tones ever.
     
  13. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    SID!

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  14. sgtpepper

    sgtpepper

    Jan 22, 2010
    Mexico City
    Has anyone mentioned Sting? I think the tone he gets with his 50s P-Bass is superb.

    I know it's not rock but since the OP mentioned the 70s funk players, I think Jamareo Artis (Bruno Mars band) is an outstanding bassist with a true Funk P-Bass tone.

    Special mention to Eva Gardner.
     
  15. Ross McLochness

    Ross McLochness Living Room Bassist Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Deacon on A Day at The Races
     
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  16. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    The tone on my P Bass with EB flats and a 2.75 V-Pick thru a GK MB212 is pretty damn good. :thumbsup:
     
  17. Another One Bites the Dust was recorded on a MusicMan StingRay. Just listen and you'll be able to pick out the Ray's distinctive treble buzzes during the pre-choruses.
     
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  18. Ross McLochness

    Ross McLochness Living Room Bassist Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Agreed.
     
  19. Ross McLochness

    Ross McLochness Living Room Bassist Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2013
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Dragon Attack has a great P-Bass tone.
     
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  20. Velofixer

    Velofixer

    Jan 6, 2016
    According to pictures I've seen and the "Wrecking Crew" film and book, Joe Osborn is/was a Jazz Bass guy.
     
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