Wow ok so this forum's changed and exploded a shit ton since I've last posted. Anyways I'm a bass player and a huge fan of Mike and bass gear and I have a few questions about the basses Mike's used before he got turned onto Fenders. I know he used a Gibson G-3 for the majority of their early career (a bass I'd love to someday purchase and have tuned half a step down) but Wikipedia says he also used the following:
Kramer 250B (no longer used)
Peavey Patriot Bass (no longer used)
Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray IV (Seen on top of the pops performance on 1/26/1995)
I fucking love Ernie Ball's and I couldn't find a video of the above performance anywhere, I'd love to see what colour combination and shit he used, as well as how that crazy bass would sound with Green Day.
And are there any pictures of Mike playing any of these basses besides the Peavey? Turns out it's been used in the Pinole Valley High show (great video btw) and here's a (slightly) better quality picture of it http://t1.gstatic.co...T2zXWxJwqIEInGG
Also, is the Kramer the one he used during Paper Lanterns at Woodstock? I've heard that bass is at a rock museum or something, somewhere - that be true?
Hey thanks for all the info! The white Precision must be what he recorded Dookie with. If Billie was the one who bought him his first P Bass, which I thought was Stella (I could be mistaken though) could this be Stella before he put the sticker on it (and changed the pickguard)?? I've heard mixed things about his first P-bass though...
(quote from a Fender interview)
How’d you get your very first P Bass?
Billie bought me my first P Bass. We had just started writing songs for “Nimrod.” He sent Bill Schneider, my bass tech, out to look for one. And, he got me – still to this day – probably one of my best recording P Bass guitars. It’s a ’69 Sunburst P Bass. It’s flawless!
The stickered bass looks cool, I wonder what happened to it..
And cool info about the G&L too, thanks!
If anyone finds the Ernie Ball bass I;d love to see pics of that