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What Bass Is Used On This ---------

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SurferJoe46, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. The song's "Dance With Me" by Orleans.

    The bass is awesome - anybody know what guitar they used?

    It sounds fretless.
  2. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    The original recording sounds fretted to me... there's no "mwah" at all, and you can hear a little of the fret "glisten" on some of the slides.

    On this live YouTube Video he's using a sunburst Jazz Bass... it never shows a closeup, but it I don't think it's fretless.

    He may have very well used something else for the recording, but... the bass he's playing looks like a "player's bass" and not a rental, so I'd wager that he probably used that exact bass on the recording and for all his live performances.

    There wasn't a whole lot of switching back then.

    This is all speculation on my part... based only on what I hear and what was typical for the period, so take it for what it's worth.
  3. I always got a P bass vibe off of that song. I've learned it and it certainly sounds good on a P-Bass.
  4. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

    I am trying to get that same effect and so far I am C L O S E - but not quite.

    Do you suspect any stomps in it? It sounds pretty clean to me though.
  5. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    I cheated...:smug:... and on the Youtube vids it looks like he's using a Fender Precision on that song and most other recordings. Then again as Addison pointed out there is never a close up on the video he posted. It would make sense because of the rhythm acoustic guitar and keyboards, a jazz bass wouldn't be too overbearing.
  6. When a bass on its own can get the close-not-perfect sound, the rest is usually the amp/cab set up.
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I wish people would make music like this again. Good songs, everyone in the band played and sang and wrote songs. It wasn't so producer/record company driven. I miss those days.
  8. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    Towards the very beginning you can see a reflection from the chrome control plate cover which leads me to believe it's a J and not a P.

    You can also kind of pick out the "offset" body as well.

    He might be rolling off the bridge pickup volume and tone a little for this song... which would lend to more of a mellow P-Bass like tone.

    I might totally be wrong though, so don't listen to me... :D

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