Grand Funk / Grand Funk Railroad
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."
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.
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.