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Valley Girl bass tone?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Creeping-Death, May 3, 2006.

  1. Hey, I was wondering if any of you could help me find how Scott Thunes got that tone and sound on "Valley Girl" from Frank Zappa's "Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch" album?:help:

    Thanks in advance!
  2. PhR


    Dec 13, 2005
    According to Zappa, Scott Thunes played the bass through a Vox combo (don't know if it was a solid state or a tube amp) and that gave the distorted midrangey tone. At that time Thunes played a two pickup Carvin bass, 'though it might have been played on a Precision too.
  3. oberheimwaves


    May 3, 2006
    :bassist: always thought that sounded like a picked p bass
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  4. blackandwhite


    Jun 15, 2008
    Resurrecting a VERY OLD THREAD here. When did Talkbass begin anyway? :)

    Great Valley Girl tone!

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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I always thought it was a P too until someone posted that Thunes used a Carvin. He must have only used the neck pickup.
  6. blackandwhite


    Jun 15, 2008
    I have read that Thunes was a Carvin player at the time but whether or not he played Carvin on Valley Girl is up for debate. Seems to have been recorded on one of Frank's basses, and that the strings didn't even all match.

    Anyone able to confirm/debunk this info?
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