Maurice Ellis has a way with all bass covers. His first one of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” hit the nail on the head, and he’s done it again with the song “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
“Originally by Bonnie Raitt, this song has be redone by numerous artists,” he writes. “I figured it would be a good platform for a total bass cover.” And he was right.
Ellis fills the song out with a Fender Victor Bailey five-string modded with a Warmoth Ebony fretless neck, a stock Fender Victor Bailey five-string (not shown), and a 1978 Fender Jazz Bass. He says the ’78 and the fretless are new to him at the time of the video, but you wouldn’t know it as he gets a lush tone from both.