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What bass does Miroslav Vitous use?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Foo-O-Matic, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. Foo-O-Matic


    Aug 10, 2004
    I just LOVE his sound on early Weather Report albums... I love his sound more than Jaco's :p
    So what bass does he use? maybe any special effects too / irregular amps or something?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...some old Czech model?
    Early Weather Report was acoustic; maybe by Sweetnighter, Zawinul brought in Andrew White(a funk/R&B bassist).

    What album are you talking about?

    I have been on a Vitous kick lately...right now it's Star with Garbarek & Erskine + Journey's End with Surman, John Taylor, & Jon Christensen.
  3. you talking about about his acoustic or electric work? he also does play a p bass on those early albums.
  4. Foo-O-Matic


    Aug 10, 2004
    I'm talking about his album in the album Weather Report (1971)...
    for example in the songs "Umbrellas" or "Eurydice"... it is a unique sound, don't sure what type of bass... anyweay I don't recognize sounds well yet...
  5. umbrellas and eurydice are too different basses. umbrellas is a p bass with some fuzz and euydice is upright.
  6. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    When I saw him during Weather Report's early days he played a P bass and an upright which he said had been in his family for at least two generations. It may have even been over 200 years old.

    When he picked up the P bass and began to flog it, I thought he actually might break it. It looked like a toy in his hands.


    Here he is playing a J bass
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...that almost looks like Buster Williams' Fender Jazz(played in the early electric Herbie daze).