A quick question or 2 to my fellow low-enders out there. What is your favorite bass to use for recording? Also, do you ever feel pressure to use a particular kind? (A vivid memory I have from the 80s was a staff engineer at Reflections raving about a fellow session bassist's new Steinberger-so I bought one!).
I have this "old" Lakland bass, early serial# that is killer; It's kind of pinkish purple which, I am certain, helps the tone.
I had a fellow make me a '64 Jazz copy in seafoam green that has a set of Thomastik Jazzflats on it that I took off the Lakland; they are at least 6 years old and are mellowing nicely.
The guy did a wonderful job and I've really enjoyed "old skooling" it with that bass.
Recently, because I'm getting cranky wielding some huge 5-string live, I bought an old Alembic Distillate with the 32' scale neck and I've got to say that I really love it... it's a little bitty thing in comparison and, Mmmm, Very Thumpy.
Calvin, after watching you play at 3rd and Lindsley about a year ago, I took my washtub bass, turned it upside down, filled it with warm soapy water, screwed a mop head onto the wooden stick and mopped the floor; there was no thought of playing bass for at least a few days.
King Williams, did you get the Alembic @ Guitar Center, if so it belonged to me and if you turn the truss rod cover over, you will see the name of the guy that had it first. I have another Alembic now and I just cant get enough. Sadowsky PJ5, Alembic Custom Series 1, Warwick Katana 4 NT, Danelectro Longhorn RI from 1998 with 10 year old flats, a Breedlove Acoustic 5, and a King DoubleBass with a K+K pickup and preamp system for Rockabilly and Bluegrass. Aguiilar DB750, AG-500, DB900 Tube D.I., DB112 cab, 2 DB412 cabs, and a GS 212 cab. Im pretty happy these days!
I've heard you play on Nashville Sunday Night, Calvin. If anyone could make a washtub bass sound funky, you surely could....
Seriously (well, not really) I borrowed Victor Wooten's electric 1 string washtub bass for the photo shoot for my last CD. If you go to my website and go to sounds, you'll see me surrounded by a forest of 6 and 7 string basses-with the 1-string washtub in the foreground :-)
My main favorite all around bass is my 1995 Yamaha BBN5A (with the original signature preamp) thru my Avalon U5. I've also got a flatwound strung 1977 Jazz Bass reissue with ash body and maple fingerboard that I run thru the Avalon and an Aphex Bass XCiter pedal. Another cool old school bass is my Epiphone Jack Cassidy signature bass. also with flatwounds and run thru the Avalon and the Aphex.
As an Engineer, Basses are very important to the groove and punch of any track. The one thing that we need to understand is that the player is just as, or even more important than the instrument. Even the best bass played the wrong way is going to sound bad. I have tracked Fenders, Gibsons, Ibanez, ect, and if the player is good, it will work. My wife plays a 62 Gibson EBO. It has that thick full Country sound and no one makes it sound like She does. (brownie point earned)! The point being, A good instrument is worth it's money,,,, but in the studio, you've got to "Play it Clean". The same goes for any instrument for that matter.
Oh, I forgot,,, Try to bring one that don't buzz...........
Too true, Victor Wooten will pick up my bass and sound like-Victor Wooten. Clean and groove is where it's at-and hang on to that Wooly sounding ol' EBO-mud's in right now.....:-)
Just saw the Old 97s on TV last night- so are Hofners
Everything old is new again...