Amplifying Bill's upright Bass
Scotty, Elvis and Bill playing as loud as he can
"For some time after the group (Elvis,
Scotty and Bill only) started, they were very pleased if the stage they
played on had two mics, one for Elvis and one for Bill. Scotty had
an amp. Most of the time they only had one for the vocals, so Bill
just played loud...had no amp. Later he got a small mic that fit
into the F-hole and a Fender Bassman amp. The mic was fed through
the F-hole and held in place with duct tape so it would not fall into
the bottom of the bass. Next he purchased an Ampeg upright bass
mic which you insert into the bottom of the bass by removing the regular
peg and inserting the mic into the bottom on its own peg. Still
later, all the people going along on the trips with Elvis' group got to
take up so much room that there was no longer room for the big bass, so
he began to play an electric.
That's the history of Bill's bass, according
to the gospel of Scotty."
May 21, 2003
Ampeg bass mic with Ampeg bass amp*
Photos© courtesy Tommy Wilson of St.
Louis Music, Inc
"In 1946, Everette Hull, an accomplished pianist
and bass player, organized a partnership with Stanley Michaels under the
name "Michaels-Hull Electronic Labs." Their mission was to
produce a new microphone pickup that Hull designed. The pickup was
fitted on the end of an upright bass and was dubbed the Amplified Peg or
"Ampeg" for short."
- St. Louis Music, Inc.
*Bill did not use an Ampeg bass amp