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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by JWC, Apr 17, 2001.
He did use a ibanez musician, but he mostly used his white spetor.
in the very early days of the Police he used a Jazz (I think it was a 62) which he also later used for some of his solo stuff.
he also used Precisions, one of which was a fretless (maple fingerboard).
as well as the Ibanez Musician and Spector he also used a Hamer 8 string fretless (shaped like an Explorer) which I think was in one of the videos for Zenyatta Mondatta, and a Steinberger.
did he ever use a fender tele-bass?
Outlandos: Fender P Fretted & Fretless
Zenyatta: Ibanez Musician
Ghost: Steinberger L-2
Also, he used an Electric Upright that I believe was called a Brine throughout the Police period.
I think his electric bass of choice today is the '51 P.
My guess is that it's not a reissue .
The Police, simple, cool music.
No, the bass he currently uses is a 1952 P-bass. It does look much like a telebass
Most of the stuff on Outlandos and Regatta is unmistakably a Precision with flats.
Let's try a third option, shall we?
Sting's main bass now must be a '54 or later, since it has contoured edges, sunburst finish and white pickguard. Those features weren't introduced until '54.
you got it rob, but i am sure it's a '56.
there is a fender precision sting signature made in japan. it looks like the tele bass. really really nice
according to the march 2000 Bass Player issue, Sting's P bass is a 54.
the Fender Custom Shop have built an exact replica for him as a backup ,which probably involved hitting it with a screwdriver to remove most of the finish .
around the time of Ten Summoner's Tales he was using a P bass fitted with a Modulus graphite neck.
Mock is totally right, it is a 54.
Mock, i believe it was a Modulus, not just a Modulus neck.
I saw the Police on tour for their second album. Sting used a fretless Precision Bass.
re. the graphite Precision, you're probably right, Angus. that bass does have the vintage style finger rest on it (under the strings), though.
I think the upright electric he used was a Z bass (it was mentioned in a BP article about upright electrics), and the story is that Sting nicknamed it "Brian"!
That makes sense Mock. I remember seeing him play that bass and the Steinberger as part of the Ghost in the Machine tour of '82.
It's kinda funny, I played a P at that time and as the band fired up, he whipped out this kooky looking little black thing. I was thinking, "what the hell is that?" Needless to say, I was a little disappointed. The concert however, was one of my all time faves.
Now, I no longer have the P and I have an XL in my arsenal.
You still have an XL??? Holy sh%&@!! Those aren't made anymore...only Hohner and Ed Roman build similar basses. Keep that baby and take good care of it!
I never had one but loved the goofy look and...hey could you tell I'm into 80s music??? (See nickname)
Anyway, anything Sting played...didn't matter. The Police was the sh%&@! All time best. His solo work though... yeah can tell he's 48, not angry anymore, and well accomodated. It shows...
According to Mark Kendrick of Fender, Sting's current bass is a contoured body, single coil, '54-early '57 style P bass with the neck and body both dated 4/57. It has alder body instead of the usual ash for that model. It also has a hard "V" neck. The original pickup has been replaced with a Seymour Duncan custom stacked humbucker.
He also uses a Fender Custom Shop copy of that bass.
...What did he use for amplification, though? I know for the time of the first two "Police" albums he had an Ampeg SVT plus 8x10" Box. But after that?! I think there is a pic in the booklet of the "live!" album where you can see what I'm talking about (in the same photo he's playing the fretless 8-string Hamer with maple fretboard that already got mentioned).
Yup - it was a fairly bog-standard one - I saw the Police live in my home town, when "Message in a Bottle" was No. 1 in the UK singles charts!