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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Alvaro Martín Gómez A., Feb 7, 2009.
Who is he?
A vote for John Wetton.
Looks like Greg Ridley of Humble Pie (R.I.P.).
Lots of tones that I like but,
for me its Mars Cowling on the Pat Travers live album....brilliant middy but rich sounding P bass...would love to get that tone some day.
I know most of these, how many are on flats vs rounds?
I can't believe this was (a) only mentioned by a couple of people, and (b) cited as an example of a guilty pleasure. Green Day may not the greatest band, especially when you take their catalog over the last 27 years as a whole, but Mike Dirnt's bass on Dookie and Insomniac is easily in the pantheon of the most righteous bass tones ever if you ask me. It's got everything I think of when I think p-bass - it has that distinctive power and punch without being overly harsh, and it sits ever so nicely in the mix, holding it all together. But then at the same time there's this glorious steely growl that cuts right through and makes him stand out.
To me it really is like the purified and distilled essence of rock bass tone. It's got the straighforward rhythmic punchiness of Dee Dee Ramone and the heavy but melodic groove of Paul Simonon, but there's also a healthy dose of John Paul Jones J-bass growl and clang too. To be fair, Dookie was the first album I ever owned (3rd grade, inappropriate, lol), and it's probably not a coincidence that this particular tone is the one that more or less defines rock bass for me. But I don't feel that way about the guitar tones or the drums on those albums, so I dunno. I think he really did have some legendary bass tone going on for a while there.
I'm pretty sure I read someplace (bassplayer?) that Dirnt used either a Gibson Grabber or a Ripper on Dookie.
Holy Trinity: Mike Dirnt and Green Day
"On Dookie, I played an active P-Bass that I rented from SIR, because my basses were broken and thrashed from touring. That bass had P/J pickups, but the way I had it set, it might as well have just been a P-Bass."
He does say Insomniac and Kerplunk were a Gibson G3, which is kind of weird to me since Dookie and Insomniac have extremely similar bass sounds to me, and they sound very different from Kerplunk, but I'm sure a lot of that is production and other equipment.
Which one? About half of his albums are live.
I think its the one with 'Out Go The Lights' on it and that fab boogie style walking line, great tone.
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