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.
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