Jaco Pastorius Bass Tone

I don’t use anything special… I’ve actually got less on it! I have a fretless bass, so it’s virtually like I’m playing a wood bass. In other words, the strings go into the wood on the neck and then, being that it’s a bass guitar, it gets that bright, direct sound. So I’m the first guy to be using a fretless, is actually what it boils down to, and then more, because I’m the first to really get down and play it, because other guys cannot play it in tune, y’know? I’ve been playing the bass guitar for almost 12 years, and I’ve been playing fretless for about nine, so I’ve got quite a bit of mileage in my hands already. I play in tune like a cello player, and use legitimate vibrato. There are no tricks… it’s just all in the hands! I just have a standard 1962, I think it is, Fender Jazz bass, that I took the frets out of.

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