This tone!?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by timidbassist, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Everyone knows the song.....but how about the tone? The song "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen has one of the most popular bass lines ever, but I can not figure out how he gets that tone. If anyone knows this (which I am sure a lot do) I would be interested how to get this sweet tone!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. clayton


    Jun 26, 2005
    I think he plays a stingray with flatwound strings. He used a pick.

    Not sure, wait for others to confirm.
  3. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I`m not a Queen expert, but IIRC it`s a Fender Precision.
  4. dumelow


    Feb 8, 2006
    just really heavily compressed isnt it? sounds real farty, but the good kind

    reminds me of the juan alderates tone from mars volta, on a few tracks..he uses two compressors aswell doesnt he??
  5. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I can do that. Little bit of drive on the sansamp with my conklin gets it really close.
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Cutting the neck pickup(just a bit) on a Jazz with roundwounds works for me.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Nope - he plays fingerstyle - like this :

  8. Stingray, played fingerstyle near the bridge, boosted lows, loud.
    It don't sound like his Precision at all, and it's what he plays in the ABTD vid.

    The more I muse, the more I consider Mr Deacon something of a genius. Fair play to him for keeping out of the current Queen circus*, despite the mammoth paycheque it would have involved.

    *My opinion of which is uncertain.