Bass Tricks: The James Jamerson Motown Bass Sound (VIDEO)

October 7, 2016
It is hard to speak of the bass guitar without mentioning the Motown recordings of the 1960's and 70's and their most famous session bassist, James Jamerson. Jamerson played on dozens of Number One hits and changed the way bass was applied to pop music forever. In this video, Reverb's Bass Tricks series explores how to replicate Jamerson's infamous thumpy tone. First there is the ACME Motown D.I. WB-3, which was designed to closely replicate the D.I. units Motown had specially made. Then there is how to set up a Fender P-Bass to Jamerson's specifications. Lastly, there is the picking method that completes the picture. Read more about James Jamerson's tone and the gear used in this video here.

Performed by Jeremy Kay

Gear used:
Fender Precision Bass
ACME Audio Motown D.I. WB-3
Ampeg Portoflex B15n
La Belle 760 FL Strings

0:00 - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations
0:59 - Signal Chain
1:57 - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2:41 - Bass Set-Up
3:55 - "Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
4:30 - Picking Technique
5:40 - "Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops
6:33 - "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye
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