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Tommy Cogbill's old bass, only 95K

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by corinpills, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Let's all chip in!


    The Historic American Sound Studio 1959 Fender Precision Bass

    The Historic American Sound Studio's 1959 Fender Precision Bass Guitar Serial #38726

    Yes, this is this bass guitar you see in Elvis's lap!! Whether relaunching the musical career of Elvis Presley or the launching of numerous others, American Sound Studio in Memphis TN produced 122 charted recordings between 1967 and 1972("an unmatched achievement") and this bass was witness to it all. History oozes out of this axe. This Fender P. was the house bass at American Sound Studios and played on the majority of these hits. (There was a Hofner there and occasionally others but they were seldom used) This bass was used mainly by legendary Bassist and producer Tommy Cogbill and the equally legendary Bassist, arranger, and producer Mike Leech, who owns and is selling this instrument. These two guys have influenced a plethora of bass playing luminaries over the generations. This was the bass Tommy and Mike played that made them legendary. This bass, as authenticated in supporting documents, played on Elvis's incredibly significant comeback recordings in Memphis TN in 1969 including but not limited to Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Kentucky Woman, Daddy Don't Cry, Trouble, Power of Your Love, Stranger in my Own Home Town, and all songs from these sessions. This is just the tip of the iceberg. This bass has to be nominated as the Holy Grail of Rock and Soul Bass Guitars when you consider the long list of hits it has played on. Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis (with the crazy legendary bass solo intro), Memphis Underground by Herbie Mann, Sweet Caroline, Brother Love's Salvation Show (Neil Diamond),Aretha Franklin's Respect, Chain of Fools, A Natural Woman, Baby I Love You, Do Right Woman- Son Of A Preacher Man, Dusty(Springfield) in Memphis, B.J. Thomas-Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can't Help Believing, Somebody Done Some Body Wrong Song, Eyes of a New York Woman, -Drift Away and Lovin Arms by Dobie Gray,- Funky Broadway, Land of a Thousand Dances, Midnite Mover, I'm in Love and many others by Wilson Pickett, James Carr, Joe Tex, James and Bobby Purify, Arthur Conley, and other soul masterpieces. Grammy Award winning, Always on my Mind by Willie Nelson. The first two albums by John Prine, Guy Clarke, and the first two recordings by the The Highwaymen. (Producer Chips Moman told Mike Leech before The Highwaymen Sessions to make sure and bring "the magic bass." He knew what he meant), Billy Swan's I Can Help, Sleepin Single in a Double Bed, Barbara Mandrell, Cry Like a Baby-The Boxtops, Rings by Cimmaron and just more hit records than I could possibly name here.

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  2. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    It's a nice thought. Good luck.
  3. The Diaper Geni

    The Diaper Geni Submissive. And loving it. Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2005
    Central Ohio
    Loves me some Tommy Cogbill.

    I like the funny little face just to the right of the back plate.
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I would love to have that bass.
    I hope Mike Leech gets his money for it.
  5. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    It's hard to imagine any private collector paying that much for it, but maybe a museum or something.
  6. I hope they are very careful with this transaction. It's a cash only sale. If an unscrupulous person learned where the buyer & seller plan to meet, that person might try to intercept the briefcase containing $95K in cash.

    Come to think of it, that might make a pretty good movie, well TV movie perhaps.
  7. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Dang. That's way too much dough! Cool bass, but dang!
  8. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Awesome piece of history but way out of my reach.
  9. Maybe it should have put it on a public auction, where people with money actually attend. Show the pic with Elvis and watch the bidding paddles go up again and again.
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    More of a piece of music history...very cool.
  11. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Oh my god..............
  12. I'd say this fella's got the most mojo ever posted on TB.
  13. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    Wonder if Mike Leech would take $20 just to let me play it for a few minutes, so some of the mojo rubs off on me... :ninja:

    Seriously, that has to be one of the top 5 most important bass guitars, right up there with the Bass of Doom, the Funk Machine & Sir Paul's Hofner. VERY cool.
  14. Agreed!
  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Freakin cool. Was looking at a '57 for myself a while back. Quite a bit less than this one. Lol
  16. Kuroth


    Dec 2, 2012
    Should go in the Music Hall of Fame or something like that..
  17. mindwell


    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    That is a reasonable asking price. Oh, the stories it could tell!
  18. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    If I had the cash to spare, no doubt I'd buy this. That is the bass on some of my favorite records of all time. Way too cool.
  19. I love the story, but would probably look at it in disappointment for the rest of my life. Why? Because the bass itself will not tell the stories. The mojo will not show up when I play it. They need to video interview all the still-living people who ever played it on a recording and have them tell their stories.

    What it must be like to hold it, huh?
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