Gail Ann Dorsey Gear Guide - David Bowie's Bass Player

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David Bowie's bass player at Glastonbury 2000 was the incredible Gail Ann Dorsey. If you want to know what gear Gail grooves on then be sure to read our Gail Ann Dorsey Gear Guide.

Photo Credit: Alex Alvarez - Gail Ann Dorsey

Welcome to our Gail Ann Dorsey Gear Guide

If you're looking for a Gail Ann Dorsey gear guide you're in the right place. Dorsey has had an illustrious career as a bass player but she's probably best recognised for her long stint with David Bowie. If you're wondering who played bass for David Bowie's iconic Glastonbury 2000 headline it was Gail Ann Dorsey.

Throughout her time as a session musician, Dorsey has also worked with everyone from The National through to Tears For Fears, Bryan Ferry and The The. This isn't bad for someone who is completely self-taught and ended up playing the bass almost by accident - she claims to have reached such a high level by performing with those better than her.

What Bass does Gail Ann Dorsey play?

Since David Bowie's iconic Glastonbury 2000 performance was made available to watch on the BBC recently, we've received a lot of questions about what bass guitar Gail Ann Dorsey plays. It's a no-brainer that most people reading this Gail Ann Dorsey gear guide will want to know what bass she plays. Dorsey has played numerous bass guitar brands over the years but in a recent interview she described the Music Man Stingray as her favourite bass in the whole world.

Speaking on the Stringray bass, Dorsey has said, "To me they've always sounded so warm and potent - they just have a lot of personality  - I just vowed that if and when I became a professional bass player that's the bass I would have to play." On her main Stingray Dorsey often has pieces of art and collages under the clear scratch plate - then one day she found a cutout of Marilyn Monroe and put that under the scratch plate - ultimately naming the guitar Marilyn.

The Stingray is undoubtedly an instrument for those serious about bass guitar and an option we'd recommend to professional and experienced players. Take a look at a few options we've laid out below - ideal if you want to get that delightful and punchy tone of Gail Anne Dorsey:

Music Man Stingray5 Special 5-String Bass, Ghostwood Music Man Stingray5 Special 5-String Bass, Ghostwood
Music Man StingRay4 BFR Old Smoothie Trans Cream Finish Music Man StingRay4 BFR Old Smoothie Trans Cream Finish
Music Man Stingray5 5-String Bass White MN Music Man Stingray5 5-String Bass White MN

These are all incredible bass options that are sure to deliver the punch and warmth you might be seeking in your bass tone. But what if you're just at the beginning of your playing journey and don't have the budget for such a quality bass? Not to worry - Music Man have you covered with some more affordable options - these would still probably sound awesome on the Pyramid Stage as part of David Bowie's Glastonbury band.

The Sterling range by Music Man are very much affordable alternatives of the Stingray bass guitars - we've highlighted a few options within that range below which are perfect for beginners or intermediate guitarists. They could even be a trustworthy touring second for your Music Man!

Sterling by Music Man S.U.B Ray5 5-String Bass Mint Green Sterling by Music Man S.U.B Ray5 5-String Bass Mint Green
Sterling By Music Man SUB Ray5 5-String Bass MN, Black Sterling By Music Man SUB Ray5 5-String Bass MN, Black
Sterling by Music Man Sub Ray5 Bass Walnut Satin Sterling by Music Man Sub Ray5 Bass Walnut Satin

Gail Ann Dorsey - Summary of Gear Guide

In summary - it's obvious to see that Gail Ann Dorsey is a big lover of the Music Man Stingray basses - but as we've highlighted, you don't have to be a professional to pickup a Music Man Bass as there are options available for players of all levels! If you have any questions on who else or what instruments featured in David Bowie's iconic Glastonbury headline set then don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff at PMT.

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