To Fret or not to Fret (“Save a Prayer”)

Ask Katy

Hi John, Can you tell me if you are using a fretless bass when recording "Save A Prayer" or, if not, what effects are you using on you bass. Thanks, Ger

"Hello Ger, If I remember correctly, it was an Electro Harmonix phase shifter. It sounds like a chorus pedal, which was de rigeur for every fretless bass sound at that time, and I use chorus today on that song .. but .. I'm pretty sure the effect I used in the studio was aforesaid phaser. And it wasn't a fretless bass. John"