Get the tone
If ever there was proof that the tone is in the fingers (or thumb!) it’s here, as Jim typically favours a modest budget Aria hollow body FA51 for live use, saving his posh Andy Crockett Archtop for studio dates, usually DI’d straight into the desk. Live, for many years he used a 65-watt Gallien-Krueger bass amp, recently switching to an equally portable AER Compact 60 combo designed for acoustic guitar. Essentially, we’re after super-clean, loud and warm and don’t forget to leave your plectrums in your pocket.