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What Kind of Bass does Phish bass player Mike Gordon use?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WildBill, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. WildBill


    Jul 7, 2002
    I really like the shape and sound of his 5 string and I wanted to know if anyone knew what bran it is. The name of it escapes me.
  2. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    NOT the mod's i assume?
  3. i know he has two modulus fivers...beyond that, i have no idea. i dunno if he uses anything else.
  4. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    He uses a modulus Q5 that was custom made with a 34" scale. You can read about it in bass player magazine Feb 2003. That is definitely the bass he was using when I saw him on a rerun of SNL this past weekend...oh yeah, and he plays with a pick.
  5. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    He also used two customs made by the guitar tech... That guy also made Trey's guitar. Cant remember his name.
  6. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    His custom 5 string basses (and Trey's guitars) were made by Phish's soundman Paul Languedoc. The one he played through much of the '90's (which eventually got stolen, I believe) had a koa body with a maple top and a maple neck with ebony fingerboard. The first couple of times I saw them play in '90 and '91 it had EMG J pickups which he later changed to Danish-made Morch p/u's and electronics.

    The other Languedoc has a semi-hollow maple body with a koa top and 2 EMG humbuckers. I'm pretty sure that on Junta and Lawn Boy he played a G&L L2000. I've always loved Mike's playing and tone regardless of what instrument he uses.

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