Bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Beck’s latest album Morning Phase is a collection of mellow gems that recall his 2002 record Sea Change, with simple melodies and soul-soothing vocals.
The Los Angeles-based troubadour performed a couple of his new standout tracks last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
On both “Say Goodbye” and “Waking Light,” bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen can be seen rocking his vintage Guild Starfire bass.
Watch Beck’s “Waking Light” after the jump.
Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth review of the new Guild Starfire Bass reissue, as well as an audio demo.
“The original Starfires were intended to offer up an easy playing neck, and the vintage spec’d, skinny neck of this bass is no different,” noted reviewer Rich Osweiler. “The fret dress was super clean and the neck felt fast and comfortable as I spent some quality time working the Starfire unplugged. And while doing so, I found this semi-hollow can resonate like there’s no tomorrow.”
Osweiler’s final verdict?
“The new incarnation of the Starfire bass is a nicely constructed instrument and it’s hard to find much fault with it,” he wrote. “It won’t appeal to slap stylists, those looking for super-modern tones, or more aggressive players who might find the dual finger rests a nuisance. (They can be removed.) The Starfire, however, could become a go-to for many players because its rich, warm, mellow tones are more than fitting for R&B, jazz, and of course, rock ’n’ roll. This bass has a little bit of history there.”
Head here to read the full review and check out their audio file below.