On the 2011 tour for the album "Move Like This" Greg Hawkes would let the sequencer take over and perform on bass guitar on a few songs, typically "Touch and Go", "I'm In Touch With your World", and one other one that escapes me. While many places cite this as a Bass Benjamin owned - that was actually a very valueable white Fender Active Precision Bass was only used on the record by Greg (there's a photo of that one on Facebook), Greg probably opted to take the Mustang on tour so Benjamin's bass would stay safe from damage/theft on the road. SHORT EXPLANATION - I was there. I went to the March 10 2011 show at the Seattle Showbox SoDo - first stop on tour. I also have owned the same Mustang Bass (not the exact one, but one extremely similar - same color, same pickguard, almost identical save for the grain of the wood and pickguard) to Greg's - It's a Vintage White CIJ/MIJ version which were issued sometime around 2003 AFTER Ben passed on.more
"I bought this off Nathan Sudders of The Whip, who also played with Guy [Garvey] on *Courting The Squall*. It’s on every track on *Little Fictions*. It’s a really nice, short-scale bass – totally playable. This was the first time I’d used it: on previous albums, the bass you hear is a Fender Jazz. It worked brilliantly for ‘Magnificent (She Says)’, really delivering the sound we all wanted on the bottom end of that tune. It helps that it looks cool as well. I’d like to work it into more of the older stuff and see how it delivers live on those tracks."more
> No, it's actually just a Mustang bass with flat-wound strings... I use that bass actually on quite a bit of [Mirror Traffic], which was another Beck idea, because that's not my usual style. But I think it came out sounding really cool. I may have even had a felt pick or something.more
He used a a Fender Msutang, Fiesta Red with Black pickgaurd for the entire show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btJX3P0Bp50&t=1376s Mondo Generator at this point was a side-project. Derek Myers and Nick Oliveri played in the River City Rapists together, shortly after Mondo Generator was formed, they recorded "Cocaine Rodeo" which was a full legnth, that also featured Josh Homme (While he had Queens of the stone age in the works) So "Cocaine Rodeo" gets put on the shelf for 3 years while Oliveri works with Queens of the stone age and the Dwarvesmore
Won't be too extensive here. The Fender Mustang was my first bass and the short scale really helped me learn my way around the fretboard quite quickly. My favourite aspect of this bass was the ability to get a really round tone, similar to a double bass. I've been unable to reproduce this on anything else I've used so far.
Also as a short individual, this bass matched my image quite nicely. :D