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  posted on 6/7/2002 at 04:48 PM
What did BO use in terms of gear. I know he had the tractor bass, and maybe Sunn amps? I dunno, just wonderin'

 

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  posted on 6/16/2002 at 11:24 AM
Berry used two Ampeg SVT heads with the 2 15 matching bottom. They where put in a anvil case that was big enough to hold both. 1 in each side with a hinge and casters. They would just close the case up with both heads and cabnets in the case, lock it and wheel it away. I recently saw Berry Jr. and he was using his fathers rig. The Tractor or it's new clone was on stage but Berry Jr. played either a P-Bass or a jazz bass.

 

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  posted on 3/10/2003 at 11:45 AM
It seems that Berry either had two "Tractor" basses, or one bass that went through significant modifications. I've linked two picts below showing an earlier, dot-neck Jazz bass in a solid color (or possibly stripped down to bare wood) and a later, rectangular-inlay sunburst Jazz bass. I believe the sunburst is the one owned by Berry's son, Berry Jr.

Maybe someone knows a little more about the history of Berry's instruments?

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  posted on 4/22/2003 at 10:17 PM
Flavum,

Thank's for the great pics. I've been wondering about Berry's basses for years.

 

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  posted on 1/2/2004 at 11:12 AM
You learn something every new day! I had never noticed the different fret board markers on "The Tractor," and had just assumed he had stripped the finish off after he had played it for a while. Are there two different "Tractor" basses? If B.O. IV has the one with the rectangular markers, where's the other one with dot markers? I did see an article on Fender's recreation of "The Tractor" and have wondered why they haven't offered it as an artist signature series. After all, they have a Jaco bass. Why not honor B.O. with a Tractor model? I'd buy one in a heartbeat!

 

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  posted on 2/5/2004 at 03:06 PM
Looking closely at the above phots, I believe there were two "Tractor" basses. I think Berry Jr. got the one that was sanded/natural finish and had dot fret markers. Wonder where the other one, with the block inlays and fretboard binding, ended up?

 

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