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Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

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Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:04 pm
by FrankF
The magisterial Mick Karn, with Angie Bowie: I believe he's playing a de-fretted Wal, n'est-ce pas ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W14YmRABFFg

Re: Why I like fretless bass in this month's magazine

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:35 pm
by Phil Ward
Yes that's Mick Karn's usual de-fretted, "transition period" cherry wood faced Mk 1 Custom. It's the instrument he played on all the later Japan track and is known as a "transition period" instrument 'cause it has the "paddle" style headstock from the earlier Wal Pro series. The somewhat more elegant Custom headstock shape was introduced in '82 I think.

Love that video and remember it from the time. I kind of try and blot out Angie Bowie's "poetry" though and just listen to the extraordinary bass playing. Shame about the fuzz though.

P