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glocke
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Username: glocke

Post Number: 690
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Phil Chen is great. His playing on Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow" is some of my favorite bass playing.

You guys think the strings on his pbass could really be 45 years old?????

http://www.bassplayer.com/article/phil-chen-masterclass/jul-09/97409

"Legendary producer George Martin achieved Chenís sound simply with a DI and a miked Ampeg B-15. In perhaps the ultimate homage to the phrase ďif it ainít broke, donít fix it,Ē Chenís P-Bass has been his one and only main axe for as long as heís been playing, and itís had the same La Bella .052Ė.110 strings on it forówait for itó45 years. ďItís still sounding amazing and still going strong,Ē he proclaims.
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811952
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1816
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 8:18 am:   Edit Post

I have no problem believing that.

I know a couple of people who've been playing longer than I, who have never changed their strings.

I am more surprized at the telephone-pole gauges he's using, though I guess that was more normal back in the day..

John
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1817
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post

Oops. I guess one of those people died last year. I need to get out more. RIP TH.

John
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1528
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 7:38 pm:   Edit Post

If I recall correctly James Jamerson was said to have never changed his strings either.

Keith
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 663
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 8:06 pm:   Edit Post

I read an interview years (ok, decades) back where (IMS) Harvey Brooks averred that he only changed strings when one broke - and then he rubbed the new ones with BBQ sauce to get the right sound. Hey, it's all accordin' to whatever it takes to make your boat float.

Peter
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 664
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

I read an interview years (ok, decades) back where Harvey Brooks (IMS - might have been Harvey Mandell) averred that he only changed strings when one broke - and then he rubbed the new ones with BBQ sauce to get the right sound. Hey, it's all accordin' to whatever it takes to make your boat float.

Peter
dluxe
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Username: dluxe

Post Number: 72
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 8:58 pm:   Edit Post

Anthony Jackson did a great remembrance piece on the late Ronnie Baker (MFSB, Philly Soul Bassist) back around 1990 in Bass Player Magazine. He remarked that Baker would special order extra heavy gauge Fender Flatwounds and rub them with butter and let them sit for a year before putting them on his bass. Even then he said they were still a bit bright.

I read years ago in Guitar Player that Joe Osborn would only change the La Bella's on his Jazz Bass when one broke.
hifiguy
Advanced Member
Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 208
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post

Re: Phil Chen

First, he's a monster player. Second, I heard, not read, him interviewed somewhere once (Standing in the Shadows of Motown, maybe) and the man has the weirdest, most interesting accent I'd ever heard. He sounded like a Jamaican guy with a Chinese accent. Given that he's of Chinese heritage and grew up in Jamaica, that shouldn't be surprising, but it's not something a midwestern boy had ever heard before. :-)

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