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what's jpj playing 1979

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fnordlyone, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. with a pick?

    no body's fault but mine

  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

  3. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
  4. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
  5. I'm asking a question, not making a point….
    I worship all things jpl and geek out whenever possible about his gear, therefore I want all TB geek info about said Wonder Bassist… :D
    f nor d!
  6. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    You've got a lot of catching up to do with JPJ if you are just becoming aware of him playing 8 string basses.
  7. Tell me about it. Until I started playing bass in April, I actually listened to the guitarist and drummer and sang along with the vocals. So many years wasted.
  8. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Alembic Bruce Becvar 8 string Triple Omega
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Whats wrong with a pick?
  10. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I think the bass was purely a Becvar creation. Bruce Becvar worked for Alembic, then built his own stuff using their tools. As such, I think JPJ's instrument was only branded a Becvar. Apparently the neck is now pretty warped.

    He definitely uses it during the concert recorded at the Seattle Kingdome in 1977. This gig was videotaped, and later leaked to fans with a fairly unmixed soundboard audio track. The bass is fairly tinny/clanky if I recall correctly. Definitely used on Achilles Last Stand.
  11. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    from the link cdef posted-

    Does he use a pick? "Yes, when the situation demands it; on the eight-string it's awful messy with your fingers. On 'The Song Remains The Same', I use a pick to get that snap out of the instrument," John Paul Jones said in a July 1977 Steven Rosen interview.
  12. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    Here's a pic


    "What was the first track he used it on in the studio? "I'd gone to Alembic and there was someone working for them who had an offshoot company called Becvar. He had this eight-string bass in Californian Gothic with palm trees, a mandala and other stuff. It sounded fantastic, like a big harpsichord/piano thing. And so when Page came out with the first riff of Achilles he said, 'What are we going to do with the rest of it?'' I said '8 string bass!' It fit perfectly," John Paul Jones said to Rikki Rooksby in a September 1999 Bassist Magazine interview.

    Jones eventually settled on "a sort of sub-Alembic 8-string, which was actually a Becvar. It was built by a guy who was at Alembic and then left the company to start on his own. It's just an amazing creature--sort of Gothic Revival in style. Actually, it's more California Gothic, with a mandala on the back, with little mermaids, sea shells and palm trees inlaid. A very fine instrument. Very loud. The Riff King it was called. When Page first heard it, he said, 'Oh, no. I'm not playing to that!'" John Paul Jones said in a Guitar World interview."

    ...from here...