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What Jazz Bass is Esperanza Spalding Playing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sassoon, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Sassoon


    Dec 24, 2010
    It seems like she's started playing a MIM fretless. If this is accurate, does anyone know why she switched from her Jaco artist model (or the semi-acoustic one she used a while back, the name of which escapes me)?

    Here's a picture of the bass I'm referring to:


    I first saw it on a live Youtube stream of Austin City Limits. Any info on her gear would be greatly appreciated; the only information I could find was very outdated.
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Almost 100% sure that is a Fender Standard Fretless (Mexican). You can tell by the truss rod opening at the headstock (instead of the heal of the neck) and the logo. Also the fretless has no fingerboard dots.
  3. Montanamike

    Montanamike Mike Atkinson Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Hill City, SD USA
    And its missing a knob. It kills me.:eek:
  4. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    The MIM fretless is a really good bass. She usually plays a MIA or her CS Jaco
  6. Sassoon


    Dec 24, 2010
    Yeah; and that's what's confusing me. Why would she play a MIM if she has one of Fender's top-of-the-line (excluding custom shop)? She's used it for multiple shows, too, which has me thinking that it's not just a loaner.
  7. NOTE: This is not a troll post nor am I "pointing" at any previous poster on this topic!

    I find it interesting everyone is "intrigued" she is playing a MIM bass. Everyone on here is constantly talking about playing what sounds and feels good to you regardless of the sticker on the headstock but....

    We're all gear snobs.
  8. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    It probably just gels with her more. Perhaps she didn't want to be associated with Jaco, just for playing fretless, so she opted out of using the Jaco sig. I dunno, it could be anything. She still sounds great.
  9. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    It's probably just a backup. Don't get yer panties in a bunch.
  10. Montanamike

    Montanamike Mike Atkinson Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Hill City, SD USA
  11. gmarcus

    gmarcus Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2003

    How can anyone be this talented?
    She just amazes me!

    I can barely talk when I'm playing bass
  12. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    Gear snob?? yeah for sure I was....

    ... until last week, when i got to test a cheapy fretless, some of you guys know that model, a "Vintage" fretless (released in 2006 or 2007 I guess), "CS jaco" like, poplar body (!) .... 340 €.... ridiculously low price !! :eek:......

    ........ Because this **** sounds !!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X79nnFlBNk (a bit "overdriven" but you can judge by yourself, .... ok.... the guy kills :D )

    So ya know, if we mediocre bass players with decent ears think that it's good for us, just imagine what some killers like Esperanza can do with those pieces of wood ! they got ears too, and don't care about hypes.... well, most of them, cos' I know some of them that still do not want to ear anything else than a Japanese Boss OC-2 :D

    MarloweDK plays a MIM fretless, my teacher who's a real killer plays a vintage....

    and he recently sold a 2500 € CS Jazz... :rolleyes:
  13. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    I own a CS Jaco, like hers, and tried the MIM fretless P as well, and some of those are better than the Jacos, better sound, and they play just as well (at half the cost).
  14. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    Half the cost ?? maybe in your country, in mine it's ... at least !! at quarter the cost (and from the signature, the CS costs 4 000 €, so with a cheapy "Vintage" I let you imagine: X 10!!!)
  15. Who knows maybe the Jaco bass is in the shop. Maybe she just likes the MIM better. Crazier things have happened.
  16. CDweller

    CDweller Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Clearwater, FL
    It's a tough lesson to learn- judge a bass on how it sounds and plays, not how much it costs or where it's made. I let an awesome MIM Jazz Bass slip away because of my ignorance on the matter.
  17. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    Seriously, she can play any bass she wants, does it matter if it is a CS or a MIM?

    Wonder what people would say if she showed up with a Squier...
  18. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yes it's a MiM standard...

    I reckon she's entitled to play what she likes.
  19. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    It won't matter - regardless of what she plays it will sound GREAT!
  20. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    man I love her! what a talent!