Mystery Low-Range Stringed Instrument in SRV'S Live Alive Album

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  1. TheDireStrat

    TheDireStrat Strat-Talker

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    Hey Strat Talk and fellow Stevie Ray Vaughan and music lovers,



    You hear this cool sounding low stringed instrument through out the song, especially at 0:59 seconds. What instrument is this? This version of Love Struck Baby is awesome...

    Thank you!
     
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    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    Isn't that a 6 string (Danelectro ?) bass (possibly played by Jimmie Vaughan)???

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    Only problem with that is that he didn't get the double neck Dano until '88, and Live Alive was recorded in '85/'86 - also Jimmie is not listed anywhere as having played on the album.

    There are pics of him playing a single neck Dano bass and also a Fender Bass VI - at first I thought maybe not these because you can hear him playing regular lead lines, BUT - there were a lot of overdubs on Live Alive - so there's no telling.
     
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    Probably this...but when I read the title of the thread, my first thought went to a Baritone guitar...I've got a mild case of GAS building for one of those....
     
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    This looks closer to '85/'86:

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    I'm not anywhere near my vinyl collection right now but I'm 99% sure that big bro Jimmie is listed on Live Alive. He plays guitar on some tracks & 6 string bass on other tracks.

    Not Stevie's best album at all. He sounds exhausted on many tracks & some tracks like Look At Little Sister drag painfully. I later read interviews with Stevie where he said that he was exhausted when recording it & he didn't like the album at all.
     
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    There it is then - I originally thought it was Jimmie, but the resources I was looking at didn't have him listed, which surprised me.

    I agree it was probably Stevie's worst - when you realize it was recorded in the darkest of his drug use days, you hear it - especially during the speaking sections - the bit in "Life Without You" is just... awkward.
     
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    Jimmie is listed on the CD too.

    Agreed, it's far from his best. The band were in a bit of a state, the cover picture says it all, and I've read that there were a lot of overdubs needed. It's certainly not well produced and doesn't sound coherent to me at all. That said, I like the version of Say What!.
     
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    Below is a fans research YMMV.

    Recordings are listed as:
    15 July 85 Montreaux Jazz Festival
    17 July Austin Opera house
    18 July Dallas (, JLV gets a mention on Dbl neck guitar on”Pipeline” )

    On the CD credits JLV is listed with Guitar and six string bass as the special guest on several songs 17 July 1986. If I read the credits correctly.

    The CD lists the date as 16 July 1985 however the chronology of his dates in the “Day by Day, Night after night” book has him in Paris, France that day and in Montreaux on the 15th. This is confusing.

    This is an interesting mystery. I have all of Lee Hopkins IMHO the most excellent history on SRV and am now intrigued by the question the OP posted. I may be a fan....lol
     
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    I like that version of Love Struck Baby, the six string bass (thanks guys!) is a really nice twist. At first I found it weird, like it sounded like some dead guitar, but it really grew on me. This is awesome, because I was just getting into the Fender Bass VI, I think this is an amazing instrument!!
     
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    I read in one book that there is as much studio overdub as there is live performance on that one. Idk. I bought it when it was new because SRV.
     
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    Yeah, again - he was in rough shape during that time - some pictures I've seen he looks like an extra from "The Walking Dead" - apparently his roadie would have to have a shot of Crown Royal and a line of coke ready at all times during a show, and Stevie would do anywhere from 3-5 rounds per show.

    They said by the time he went in for treatment he had bleeding ulcers from where the whiskey and cocaine had crystallized in his stomach - the Dr described the lining of his stomach as "rotting."

    Amazing he could function as well as he did with all that going on...
     
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    What's interesting is that his follow-up album (after cleaning up) is arguably the best thing he ever recorded.
     
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    Yup - those that knew him said that musically he was exploding with creativity and new ideas after rehab and that if he had lived the sky was the limit for where he could have taken things...
     
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    The bio I read said he was using an ounce of coke a day.

    Only other person I've read who did that much was Waylon.

    SRV's AA speech, available on YouTube, is very inspiring.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Me too haha! But honestly the Bass VI looks like the thing for me, it can play guitar stuff, same tuning, and also bass stuff. Looks quite nice too.
     
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    Yeah, I also wouldn't mind a Dano six string bass. I have issues. lol