1978-1979 Outlandos d'Amour Tour musical gear (Sting)
|Appropriate gear title|
|Band or ensemble:||The Police|
|Time gear used:||1978 - 1979|
During the 1978-1979 tours, when The Police toured the USA, photos of the band on stage show that Sting was using at least one complete Ampeg SVT setup, consisting of an Ampeg SVT bass amp and Ampeg 8x10 cabinet. It can be assumed that this was a rental unit, rented in NYC for the first gig at CBGB's, and then used for the 3 week tour.
The video of The Police playing at Hatfield Polytechnic in February 1979 shows Sting using at least 2 Marshall bass amps and at least 2 Marshall bass cabinets. These are possibly the 4 x 15 cabinets Marshall made, more probably 2 4x12 bass cabinets. This appears to be the bass setup Sting was using at this time in England with The Police.
"International Musician And Recording World - July 1979" mentions he uses a 180 watt Ampeg Twin Bass with two cabinets.
The video of The Police playing at Hatfield Polytechnic school shows Sting playing a natural finish Fender Fretless Precision bass, with a black pickguard, signifying that it was made in the late 1970's, probably a new 1978 Precision bass. This was a common colour combination at this time. Sting bought this fretless bass in New York on 1978-10-21.
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References and footnotes
sources: "One Train Later" by Andy Summers, pages 180 and 205; videos; International Musician And Recording World - July 1979