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what kind of bass did Baghiti Khumalo use on Paul Simon's Graceland?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by learning_towalk, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. I love his tone!!! any clue what he was using?
  2. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    The fretless was an old Washburn.
  3. seriously? wow...it sounds GREAT!
  4. Daniel L.

    Daniel L. Guest

    Aug 30, 2002
    Yeah, but be careful. If you buy one it may sound like a Washburn! :bag:
  5. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I've seen him play a Modulus and sound exactly the same.
  6. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    I thought he used a F bass
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Firstly, his name is Bakithi Kumalo. His various webpages show him playing Washburn, Parker, G&L and Lakland basses but I know he endorses Washburn basses.
  8. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I´ve seen many pictures of Bakiti playing Warwick basses, also on a bunch of Washburn adds in Bass Player

    (Useless Info: I hate Washburn guitars, they are so cheap!!!!!)
  9. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    The Washburn bass he used on the Simon albums he found in a store, maybe even used, long before he he was an endorser. Long before he played with Simon.
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Don't know much about the guitars but the basses (upper end) are pretty nice and well made and American made! I've played a few and I liked them. I'm even considering buying an XB925 (I think that's the model) as the local store has one for $750 and the list price is over $1K.
  11. I'm afraid on the recording and the tour it was an Ibanez.
    Not sure what model it was but it looked like a coated fretboard. I think it was a roadstar perhaps? There's video of it, I think it was Saturday Night Live, I think it was '86. By the way that has to be one of the coolest fretless tones on the planet. :)
  12. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Nope, it was a neck-through Washburn, not an Ibanez.

  13. ZonPlyr


    Apr 29, 2003
    Pasadena, CA
    i don't think he used 1 single bass for all of the album. I met him earlier this year and someone asked him this same question. I believe the answer was that he used a fretless p-bass that was sitting in the studio. I could be wrong, it was early in the morning. I know for the tour he was using a washburn but I think most of the tracks may have been done with the p. jmfr (just my fuzzy recollection)
  14. riksilvers


    Feb 2, 2005
    What effect did he use to get that gruff fuzzy sound ?
  15. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I actuall beleive it was a Fretless Washburn Vulture. The wing series.
  16. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    Yup, that's what Bakithi plays now (or recently). On Paul Simon's most recent tour he used a fretted and fretless pair. He sounds very different on the fretless 925 than he sounded on the older basses and the Modulus (I've heard him play portions of the same song on the different basses).

    I don't think he used any effects. Which song(s) are you referring to?
  17. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Irony comes in many forms... :smug:

    Emphsis mine, of course.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    With a guy like Kumalo, I don't think the bass is going to make a heck of a lot of difference. He could sound great on a Wish.
  19. Word, Munji- I played Steve Lawson's(flatwound-strung Modulus)fretless bass last Saturday- I couldn't get a halfway decent tone out of it. 20 minutes earlier, it was making whale sounds, & string section sounds, & guitar sounds- the sound is, as they say, 'in the hands'.
  20. Actually, it is quite easy to sound great on a Wish, because Wishbasses sound great. You see, my talkbass friend, that is the saving grace of Wishes (probably their ONLY saving grace, mind you) - their tone is AWESOME!

    In case you haven't noticed, I don't much care for wish jokes.