Anyone who has seen Matt live with Elton over the last year and a bit can't help but notice how hot this guy is. On the bass of course! Underneath the hat lurks one hot as hell bass player. But then again, he has to be. The music demands it. Look at those who went before him, Dee Murray, David Paton and Bob Birch were masters of their craft. Elton's music requires a special touch and Matt plays it up and down the fret with a real slick vibe.
When Matt joined the band he put down his own instruments of choice and picked up Bob's Ernie Ball bass guitars and just kept the music right on going. This is what Davey said on his blog said to me at the time, ''Matt who suggested he use the same guitar and Bob’s bass rig in order to create a more ‘seamless’ transition for the band and our sound man. You gotta love this guy...'' So when you make a start like that, he's at the top of the hill and staying there. Plus he was great mates with Bob going back to their younger days, so he's knows the job as well as anyone.
Traci Loving of Imagine Loving Art has very kindly allowed me to share these pics. She's no stranger herself to great artwork, check out the link below to her Facebook page. She did a wonderful montage drawing of Elton and the band earlier this year for me which is one of my favourite Elton things in my collection. The other link is to the album of pics which are the two newest bass guitars that Matt Bissonette is currently using. They were designed by Rick Salazar, guitar tech of the EJ band and produced by Ernie Ball MUSIC MAN Guitars & Basses.
The multi colour bass is silver paint with three different layers, large flake, small flake and the base paint is black. Same with the gold. The silver picks up every colour near it so the look of it is real cool. Rick asked them to paint both guitars with a black base coat to give a contrast to the colour and help it 'pop' more which certainly works a treat. Ernie Ball have never done it this way before, so this is a first. The gold one was used on the Grammy's performance back in September, so check that out on Youtube
Thanks to Traci for supplying the pics and all the background information on them. They look (and sound!) fantastic!!