Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Motown Bassist James Jamerson's German Upright Bass.

    "As time went on, James Jamerson became my hero..." - Paul McCartney

    No bassist has done more for and with popular music than James Jamerson. While his name may not always be known by the countless millions of fans of his playing, his sound and style have influenced every player to pick up the instrument since Motown's first hit record. For years Jamerson was the only bassist at Motown, and the studio was known to plan sessions around his schedule.

    This instrument was James Jamerson's only upright bass, and the only instrument not stolen from him. He purchased it in 1957 and used it in Detroit's jazz clubs while honing his style, on tour with Smokey Robinson, and on classic Motown recordings that are playing somewhere in the world every second of every day. Enduring hits by Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and others were created using this instrument. My Guy, The One Who Really Loves You, Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Heat Wave, Jimmy Mack, Can I Get A Witness, It Takes Two, Mickey's Monkey, Too Many Fish In The Sea, Fingertips (Part 2), A Place In The Sun, and many, many others feature James Jamerson on this bass.

    James Jamerson passed away in 1983. That year James gave the bass to his son, James Jamerson, III (known professionally as James Jamerson, Jr.,) who continued to use it with Tina Marie, Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole. It was last used in the film documentary 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown.' The bass is in the same condition as when James Jamerson last used it, including the same set of strings. The bass comes with the gig bag Jamerson got with the bass, and a letter of authenticity from James Jamerson, Jr.

    James Jamerson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the first year they honored session players. In February 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award along with his

    View all of [Good Rockin' Tonight Collection ]

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,515

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 November 3 Entertainment Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    And Good Golly! What an amazing catalog for Stallone The Auction! This looks like something from the likes of Donald Trump -- huge, terrific, First Class, amazing, better than exceptional.
    Edgar V. ,
    Falls Church, VA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 12 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 12 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $511,145