Louis Johnson: Live Clinic (1994)

I’m still going down my Louis Johnson rabbit hole, and I keep finding cool stuff! In this clip from 1994, most likely in Japan, Louis looks to be holding a clinic of some sort. While we are used to seeing LJ with a Musicman, it looks like he is playing one of his custom basses.

I’ve noticed after the 70s, Louis was experimenting with different tones. We have heard him on Alembics, Yamaha’s, P basses, and of course, the mighty Musicman Stingray. In his later years, he built basses with Trekker, and those are super rare! This configuration looks to be 2 single-coil Jazz Bass pickups. I’ve also seen one with a single MM humbucker.

You can really hear the attack from his thumb. Louis Johnson was a bad man.

Should we do a Louis Johnson tribute week? Let us know in the comments! Cheers!

Joshua Sailor is a session bassist, producer and engineer on the West Coast. Currently working with Cloud Microphones on the "Get Lifted" Web Series, showcasing how to use Cloudlifters in studio, live and podcasting situations. You can contact him at [email protected].

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  1. Dave Scovell

    Never too much Louis!

  2. MARK B

    GET DOWN !!!

  3. Evan

    Please do a feature week!!!! I attended Bass Player Live that featured him him 2015

  4. Gilbert Toliver

    Wish I could have met this guy.

  5. Anton Fokker

    Yes, do a Louis Johnson tribute week, please !