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- I had an upright — it took me years and years to get enough bread to get it... I'm from Florida, so one morning I woke up, go in the corner and the bass is in a hundred pieces, cause the humidity is so bad, I mean, the upright just blew up. I said forget it, man, I can't afford this any more. So I went out, got a knife and took all the frets out of my Fender. That was it.
- Quoted in Michele Norris, "Jaco Pastorius: 20 Years Later," NPR: All Things Considered (September 21, 2007)
Modern Electric Bass, Jaco Pastorius (1985)
- Give me a gig!
- I was playing drums, and I had broken my wrist very bad playing football, and the bass player in the band... he wanted to split. So I just went to the bass; I went from Drums over to Bass. That was it. I was playing the bass within a week.
- On how he switched from drums to bass
- I took the frets out of my bass after I was getting into jazz a lot and I wanted to have that upright sound.
- On why he played a fretless bass
- I never practiced a fretless ever, because the strings eat the neck up. So I would only play it on gigs.