Grand Funk / Grand Funk Railroad

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KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER IMMORTAL TONE: Tone is defined as "a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength" - and also "the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation."

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On the legendary "red album" - Mel commanders a hot-rodded Fender Jazz with a Gibson EB-1 humbucker pickup in the neck position strung with black nylon flatwounds run through a West Fillmore bass rig which, according to the "asbestos glove legend," was outfitted with Genelex KT88 tubes.

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Lore also reveals that manager Terry Knight poked holes in Schacher's speaker cones for extra rust.  Mel, using his fortified fingernail as a plectrum, serves as both the anchor and melodic catalyst on this classic collection which exudes, to my ears, a perfect hard rock bass timbre.

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