Guitar/pickup for UPTOWN FUNK tone?

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  1. MarvStrat13

    MarvStrat13 Member

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    So i heard this great chart-slaying song, and just 5 seconds in there's an incredible sounding funk rhythm guitar that plays briefly.

    I instantly wanted to nail that sound for future recordings. It sounded totally unlike a Strat, Les Paul, or Tele however. It kind of sounded hollow.

    Help for figuring the axe for this one!
     
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    I have an ES-137 that nails that tone. Great pop song. Reminiscent of 80's Prince and Morris Day & the Time...albeit much better.

    My cabronita telecaster gets pretty close too.
     
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    I think it sounds like he went straight to the board for that tone...like Nile Rodgers would etc...

    A good di and preamp?

    D
     
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    Any ideas on how to get the bass tone? It reminds me of that greasy groovy sliding and popping on Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer but I've never been able to get that tone!
     
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    That is the best Prince track I've heard in years ;)

    Sounds like the classic über compressed tele sound that the purple one worked back in the 80. Perhaps going direct
     
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    That guitar does sound pretty 'dry' like maybe it was recorded direct.

    I don't know what he used, but I was looking up a youtube clips. He does seem to like his strat:



    I found a couple old songs where he had a Gibson ES335 ( or close ).

    This song is SO catchy. When I first heard this one, I had a flashback:



    Uptown Funk sure sounds like something Morris Day & the Time would have done.
     
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    BAWK!!!
     
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    Ronson played a strat on SNL and it was that sound. The other guitarist had a semi hollow, IIRC.

    Pumping track. It's like old school Kool and the Gang fused with their later stuff (which I never liked.)


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    Carlos Alomar played guitar on that song. Carlos was David Bowie's guitar player for a long time, and he does a lot of session work.
     
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    I sang it with my band this weekend, guitar player used a strat into a hot rod deluxe and it sounded right.
     
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    Alomar played on "Uptown Funk?" I thought it was Ronson. (Mark, not Mick!)
     
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    • Recorded at: Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto, Canada; Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Dunham Studios, Brooklyn, New York; Zelig Studios, London, UK; Enormous Studios, Venice, California; mixed at Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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    Up-town-funk you up, up-town funk you up!

    Guitar part sounds JUST like Prince's in "Kiss".
     
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    The guitar sound on "Uptown Funk" is a pretty much definitive sound of a Fender Stratocaster.
     
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    I agree, a strat sounds right to me.

    I also love the bass in this song... Jamareo Artis is a killer player.
     
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    We play it, and I use a Strat into a Twin. Sounds just like it......fun song!
     
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    Agreed, a Strat, but the last few times I played it was with a ES-175, middle position.

    That song at least recently was #1, when you play it for a crowd they go NUTS. Tons of fun with a real horn section, and isn't too hard a song to boot. Gives you a bit of hope for the future of music.

    But I disagree about Prince, they lyrics of UF are a bit weak for His Royal Badness. But it does contain the best peanut butter reference in a song since Life During Wartime.
     
  18. MarvStrat13

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    Sorry for reviving an old thread. The general consensus here seems to use a strat with compression into a clean amp/ direct. The question is : which pickup position?

    Im asking this because im having a hard time getting the sound dead on.

    If it was actually an ES type guitar, i wouldve slept a lot easier.
     
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    I use the neck pickup on a strat and the middle position on a dual hum guitar... Strat sounds better...
     
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    Mark Ronson plays a strat when they first played it live on SNL.
     

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