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Posted: 21 Jul 07, 23:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello everyone. I admit I haven't listened to that song for years, so I can't confirm. Can you please confirm me whether John used a 5-string bass there?

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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 13:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I think it was Dropped D tuned four-string bass, because:
1) D is the lowest note in the bass line.
2) I have compared basslines in BEADG and DADG tunings and found the second one easier to play.
3)John was so loyal to his PB's, that I can't imagine him playing a 5-string. BTW, he had already used DADG tuning in The Prophet's Song.


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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 13:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember someone here years ago saying that he played a 5 string on that track.

But whether it's actually true or not, I do not know.

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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 19:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that was either The Opposition or Phillip Nothaft (or were they one and the same?).

I also seem to remember that one of the Off The Record score-books (Innuendo,GHII or Classic Queen) has John as playing a 5-string, though I may well be wrong on that. I know that the tab in Innuendo was different to either or both of the other ones at least. If one of them did denote a 5-string on IGSM, it may have contributed to to the 'myth'.

I haven't really studied it, but my gut-instinct is that it's more likely to be a regular bass in drop-D.


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Posted: 22 Jul 07, 21:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

eedodededededea wrote:


3)John was so loyal to his PB's(...)


Not really...

http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/instruments/1971_early/1971_rickenbacker.jpg
John's main bass in the early days was a Rickenbacker.

http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/instruments/1977_adatr/1977_bass.jpg
Music Man Stingray. He used that for most of the A Day At The Races tour. Later on he moved back to his Fender Precision, but he still used that one sometimes (Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack).

http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/instruments/1980_game/1981_spare.jpg
Kramer Custom (the first one). It was his spare.

http://sebastian.queenconcerts.com/g-bass.htm
And here, as you can see, there are another 2 basses John used (the one made by Giffin, and the Warwick Buzzard, that he used in Prince's Trust Concert - you can also see it in the Montreux'86 festival video).

I'm not saying you're wrong about John not using a 5-string bass... I'm just pointing out that he wasn't totally "loyal" to his Fender-P, he did use a few other bass guitars. Both in the studio and on stage. ;)


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Posted: 23 Jul 07, 05:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not sure about slightly mad, but the Off The Record books definatly specifc a five string bass for Headlong. I'll have to check about 'Mad' when I am home this evening


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Posted: 23 Jul 07, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to go with Bohardy on this one


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Posted: 23 Jul 07, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bohardy wrote:

I think that was either The Opposition or Phillip Nothaft (or were they one and the same?).


- yes, that's who it was. Yes, they were the same person.

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Posted: 23 Jul 07, 14:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't think he used one on for Slightly Mad, although I do know he played one.

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Posted: 24 Jul 07, 14:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know for an absolute fact that John played a detuned 6-string acoustic guitar on Slightly Mad. It does make sence if you think about it; just look at the song title.




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