TeeJay wrote:Thanks Otto for the reply. Sorry for the vague question. I guess what I was trying to ask was did Phil have a basic recipe for tone as jerry did (middle pup>buffer/obel>twin pre>mac>jbl)?
There are a couple of recipes:
60s-70s: short scale bass with flatwounds; amp with Fender tone stack (whether Showman for the 60s all tube sound or Alembic F2B with a power amp for the 70s. There are other preamps that can be had cheaper that do the Fender tube tone stack. Trace Elliot made one and I think there's a Peavey one as well); 15 inch speakers, preferably JBL. Gauss for the later 70s tone.
80-90s: Modulus 6 string. EMG pickups, DC45s; different strings for different tones, but the Ken Smith Slick Rounds do pretty well for the not so clanky tones. For the real clanky ones, try rounds; SWR preamp with a power amp or just an SWR amp (if it has enough power for you). The preamp he used a lot back then was the SWR/Groove Tubes collaboration, so there is also the option of finding an old Groove Tubes preamp. An Eden amp will do in a pinch. Bigass power amp and then as full range speakers as you can find, 15s over 18s.