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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 09:14 AM
Why is Berrys model bass called that?

 

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Big Dave?
 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 10:45 AM
Im guessing they named it that, because it was a heavily modified fender jazz bass, it had a hole routed in the neck position for a giant [guild] humbucker in the neck pos. and another hole routed by the bridge to hold the other stock single coil, that they moved to the other bridge pickup. I heard that berry got a little careless w/routing, and bored through to the other side lol! and had to stick some wood putty on the back of the bass.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 11:03 AM
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he and Joe Dan modified it in the "Barn" behind the Big House.....Just speculating. I will ask Ej at the Big House, he is a walking ABB encyclopedia. If he cant answer,I would bet nobody knows the answer!!

 

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Berry Oakley's Tractor Bass Gets Cloned


By Diane Gershuny
Originally published on Fender's BassStreet.com

Berry Oakley's "Tractor Bass" will forever be immortalized in the annals of bass lore, and on classic recordings like the Allman Brothers' Live at the Fillmore East. This hybrid instrument, cobbled together by Oakley and roadie, Joe Dan Petty, was a modified Jazz Bass with the neck pickup moved back and a Guild Starfire pickup put in its place. Many a story circulated about how the band tolerated the "Frankenstein" instrument-which looked more like a farm implement than a musical instrument-but none could deny the amazing sound it produced in Berry's hands.

After his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, the bass was inherited by his son, Berry Jr. Berry Jr. began playing and touring with the instrument in his own group Bloodline... until he had it appraised. "I knew it was a historical piece and it meant a lot to my dad. When the Allman Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, I went to the ceremony to accept my father's award and took the Tractor with me.

I figured I could get someone to give me an actual estimated value. So the people at the Hall of Fame did their appraisal, and said it was somewhere in the area of $50,000-$60,000. So that was like, 'OK! We need to retire this baby!'" Berry Jr. brought the instrument to the Custom Shop's Master Builder Todd Krause (who has built signature and custom instruments for artists ranging from Marcus Miller, Roscoe Beck and Stu Hamm, to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Bob Dylan) and Market Development Coordinator Alex Perez to see whether the instrument could be replicated. "They took the original completely apart and took tons of pictures-back, front, sides, and of the wiring. So, in essence, they made a blueprint of their own in one day, and Todd basically worked off the pictures." The result? Well, you try and tell the difference!







 

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Berry Oakley's Tractor Bass Gets Cloned


By Diane Gershuny
Originally published on Fender's BassStreet.com

Berry Oakley's "Tractor Bass" will forever be immortalized in the annals of bass lore, and on classic recordings like the Allman Brothers' Live at the Fillmore East. This hybrid instrument, cobbled together by Oakley and roadie, Joe Dan Petty, was a modified Jazz Bass with the neck pickup moved back and a Guild Starfire pickup put in its place. Many a story circulated about how the band tolerated the "Frankenstein" instrument-which looked more like a farm implement than a musical instrument-but none could deny the amazing sound it produced in Berry's hands.

After his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, the bass was inherited by his son, Berry Jr. Berry Jr. began playing and touring with the instrument in his own group Bloodline... until he had it appraised. "I knew it was a historical piece and it meant a lot to my dad. When the Allman Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, I went to the ceremony to accept my father's award and took the Tractor with me.

I figured I could get someone to give me an actual estimated value. So the people at the Hall of Fame did their appraisal, and said it was somewhere in the area of $50,000-$60,000. So that was like, 'OK! We need to retire this baby!'" Berry Jr. brought the instrument to the Custom Shop's Master Builder Todd Krause (who has built signature and custom instruments for artists ranging from Marcus Miller, Roscoe Beck and Stu Hamm, to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Bob Dylan) and Market Development Coordinator Alex Perez to see whether the instrument could be replicated. "They took the original completely apart and took tons of pictures-back, front, sides, and of the wiring. So, in essence, they made a blueprint of their own in one day, and Todd basically worked off the pictures." The result? Well, you try and tell the difference!










Well. This is all very interesting. Thanks for all the info. I'm not a bass player so I never really knew the story.

Does this mean that Berry's "Tractor" bass is now in production and copies can be purchased commercially?

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 11:40 AM
I think it was on account of it was sort of ugly.

 

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Berry Oakley's Tractor Bass Gets Cloned


By Diane Gershuny
Originally published on Fender's BassStreet.com

Berry Oakley's "Tractor Bass" will forever be immortalized in the annals of bass lore, and on classic recordings like the Allman Brothers' Live at the Fillmore East. This hybrid instrument, cobbled together by Oakley and roadie, Joe Dan Petty, was a modified Jazz Bass with the neck pickup moved back and a Guild Starfire pickup put in its place. Many a story circulated about how the band tolerated the "Frankenstein" instrument-which looked more like a farm implement than a musical instrument-but none could deny the amazing sound it produced in Berry's hands.

After his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, the bass was inherited by his son, Berry Jr. Berry Jr. began playing and touring with the instrument in his own group Bloodline... until he had it appraised. "I knew it was a historical piece and it meant a lot to my dad. When the Allman Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, I went to the ceremony to accept my father's award and took the Tractor with me.

I figured I could get someone to give me an actual estimated value. So the people at the Hall of Fame did their appraisal, and said it was somewhere in the area of $50,000-$60,000. So that was like, 'OK! We need to retire this baby!'" Berry Jr. brought the instrument to the Custom Shop's Master Builder Todd Krause (who has built signature and custom instruments for artists ranging from Marcus Miller, Roscoe Beck and Stu Hamm, to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Bob Dylan) and Market Development Coordinator Alex Perez to see whether the instrument could be replicated. "They took the original completely apart and took tons of pictures-back, front, sides, and of the wiring. So, in essence, they made a blueprint of their own in one day, and Todd basically worked off the pictures." The result? Well, you try and tell the difference!










Well. This is all very interesting. Thanks for all the info. I'm not a bass player so I never really knew the story.

Does this mean that Berry's "Tractor" bass is now in production and copies can be purchased commercially?


I just looked on the Fender site and didn't see it. So I would guess it was just a one time deal for BO Jr.

 

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Well. This is all very interesting. Thanks for all the info. I'm not a bass player so I never really knew the story.

Does this mean that Berry's "Tractor" bass is now in production and copies can be purchased commercially?
It was a one time deal for Berry D. to have a replica made that he could take on the road and leave the real Tractor at home.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 12:19 PM

Of course now that he has graciously lent it to the Big House Museum, you can visit there and see it in person! Doesn't look ugly to me, though -- instead it looks magical.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 12:27 PM
could you imagine what that sig model would sell for and exactly would endorse it??
their is a part from about every bass manufactor at the time
thanks for the info on it i never new what model berry played from looking at photos

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 01:08 PM
thank you drummy that is an amazing pickup setup

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 01:41 PM
man...as many crazy signature models fender has done...i sure wish they'd do one of these. Ever seen the DISTRESSED jaco jazz bass? cant imagine they sold a lot of those either...but yeah, i think it'd be awesome to have a tractor replica. Big Dave...didnt you build one..? Seems like you sent me some pics of it one time... do tell!
 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 02:00 PM
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Uhhh...that's my bass....and my front door.

Here's the real deal, and the one pictured above.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 02:07 PM
omg big dave that is kickass how many people have offered to buy it from you??

 

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Uhhh...that's my bass....and my front door.

Here's the real deal, and the one pictured above.




What a GREAT photo, Dave, and what a thrill it must have been for you!

 

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What a GREAT photo, Dave, and what a thrill it must have been for you!
You know it, EZM!!

 

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  posted on 10/13/2010 at 03:05 PM
Didn't Berry have 2 tractors? [one sunburst,one natural] I believe one is hanging at Dickey Betts house?.

 

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Didn't Berry have 2 tractors? [one sunburst,one natural] I believe one is hanging at Dickey Betts house?.


Is that the one Dickey gave to Pedro?

 

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Very Nice Dave.

 

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Of course now that he has graciously lent it to the Big House Museum, you can visit there and see it in person! Doesn't look ugly to me, though -- instead it looks magical.


It is!

 

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Didn't Berry have 2 tractors? [one sunburst,one natural] I believe one is hanging at Dickey Betts house?.
Yes, there were two. The sunburst one was a late 60's model Jazz Bass and the natural finished one is a '62 Jazz Bass. The whereabouts of the sunburst Tractor remain a mystery. The '62 is the one that was hanging in Dickey's house, and is also the one Dickey gave to Berry Duane Oakley @ 1989, and is now on display at The Big House Museum.

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The bass Dickey gave to Pedro is a '66 Fender Precision that once belonged to BO.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 09:13 AM
Dave, outta curiosity, have you ever looked for a MOP inlay neck for yours? I know the vintage ones can be expensive as hell.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 09:14 AM
Damn. There's a 1974 Fender Jazz MOP neck on eBay for a grand.

 

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