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This tone: can you identify the components?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by LeftyLB70P, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. LeftyLB70P


    May 4, 2005
    Athens, Ga.
    In a recent thread about 'a light touch' Lokire pointed out this link
    <I didn't want to hijack that thread out of respect>
    I love this tone -- absolutely LOVE it. Sooooo.....

    can you guys/girls please share with me different details about this specifically.

    >Is he playing a fretless? (I see fretlines I believe but it doesn't look like there are frets there) I appreciate that this may be obvious (perhaps to everyone) but I honestly don't know - maybe that in and of itself is the biggest factor in this particular tone?

    >Any ideas about p/u arrangement? It looks to me like he has 2 single coils but again is it obvious to someone that he is using ??? (i.e. using a jazz stlye neck p/u or jazz stlye bridge or the two together, etc)

    Any kind of info will be great. I know/believe that tone is in large part in the hands/fingers, but I want to know about this setup as much as possible.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Willis plays a LINED fretless.

    Is Willis still playing his Ibanez signature bass w/ 2 soapbar pickups?
    ...he also used to use Eden amps.
  3. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003

    Did the video links work for you?

    Not for me....
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...didn't even try it(I'm at work).

    And home's no good since I'm still on Dial Up.

    ***PUNCHIN' IN***
    I just tried garywillis.com
    I guess his site is no mas?
    ...I used to visit there when I first got online back in '99; damn good site, too bad if it's still not available. The "Ask Willis" section would keep you ROTFL.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The one in the clip is his old silver Ibanez soundgear with 2 jazz pickups (they might be hbs in j form) and no electronics.

    I think you can approximate the tone using any passive J-style fretless. There isn't any other signal processing going on in the clip that I can hear. The harder thing to do is to cop the phrasing, speed and harmonic sophistication of that solo.
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    His Ibanez signature he plays nowadays just has the one soapbar, and he uses Aguilar amps.

    His tone is all his own though- he sounds pretty much the same on his new(ish) recordings as he does in that old video. I think he always plays passive as well.