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using a jazz bass for punk rock

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mantis Tobaggan, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Derryl Jennifer of Bad Brains plays a jazz bass. I consider BBs to be one of the best punk bands ever if not THE best punk band ever. However, I don’t know any other punk bassists who use a jazz. I must be missing a few. Who else plays punk on a jazz bass and is the Precision better for punk? It is a two parter. Thanks.
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  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy Supporting Member

    I don't know why you can't play whatever you want on whatever bass you want. Maybe he used a Jazz because somebody found one in a dumpster. That's the proper punk reason for just about anything.
  3. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    If there is a best bass for punk, then the punk thing to do would be to not use it.
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  4. terribilino


    Nov 22, 2008
    What about Klaus?
  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Not a true punk band per se, but indisputably influenced by the genre.

  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    ^ !!!!!

  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I've heard that Matt Freeman used one every now and then.

    ...And Out Come the Wolves sounds more J than P to me.
  8. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    Solo'd neck pickup on a Jazz is a pretty good punk tone. Buy one of those old Peavey Mk III amps and the accompanying 2 ohm 215 cab, and you will have a pretty stellar punk rig.

    Punk is a bit about who will blink first, though I find some of the punk ethos contradictory and confusing. I think that as long as you totally own the gig/situation/tone/whatever then you can use whatever bass you like.
  9. Mildew Jones

    Mildew Jones

    Dec 18, 2014
    I recall reading in Bass Player Matt Freeman interview that he used a Jazz for touring, but I can't recall if it was Rancid or when he was playing with Social Distortion. I'm not into punk, but he's a great player, waaaay more chops then your average punkster.
  10. Norman Watt-Roy of the Blockheads is famous for using a sand colored 60s Jazz
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  11. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    This is the best answer. Honestly, any bass will work fine. I have played punk gigs with every conceivable bass configuration short of a Hofner, and I bet that would have worked fine, too.
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  12. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2017
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  14. The Punk Rock thing to do is play whatever you like.
  15. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    I think it's weird when people choose a bass for a genre, and doubly so when it comes to punk.

    The best bass for punk is the one you wanna kick the most ass with while playing!
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  16. I play Skater Punk on a Dingwall Combustion 5. Use whatever you want :bassist:
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  17. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    If you count the Jesus Lizard as punk**, then David Wm. Sims did - great tone. And it was a cheap copy, so extra punk cred.

    **kind of, but arguably something more original.

    Jazz basses played with a pick can sound very bright and aggressive, perfect for punky sounds. The sharp, "spanky" attack cuts right through guitars.
  18. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Daytona beach, Fl
    Klaus Flouride! Nuff said...
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  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    The only punk ethos I’m aware of is:

    1. Don’t try lead. Don’t try to follow. Don’t walk alongside. Go your own way. Do your own thing.

    2. Hands on is everything. Don’t try - just do!
  20. Epopour122


    Nov 6, 2017
    As long as you're better than sid vicious who cares what bass you have! Play a jazz, play a P, just make sure its raw.

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