Bass & Third Guitar

Cliff Adams


Before The VibroCounts, Cliff Adams played bass with the S.A.M. Blues Band, Holy Cow & the Hindus, the Travel Agency, Andrew Staples, A Resounding Tinkle, and the Lazy Boys. He debuted playing lead guitar for We, the People in 1963 and later became one of many interim rhythm guitarists with the Beau Brummels. Cliff has performed in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Austin, and in California at Winchester Cathedral, Carousel Ballroom, Avalon Ballroom, Fillmore Auditorium, Winterland, and Alumni Grove.




1963 was a great year for surf music...

Could that be Cliff on bass behind the keyboard player?


Cliff plays a Dakota red Fender '62 Reissue Jazz Bass (a 2003 replacement for his Fender Performer Bass) and, for his sets on guitar, a candy-apple red reissue Fender '62 Jazzmaster he customized with Seymour Duncan vintage pickups, or an olympic white (with a black abalone pickguard) '99 Fender American Standard Stratocaster, but still occasionally breaks out his stock '67 Gibson SG Special. For bass leads (Lonely Surfer, Theme from Endless Summer), he uses a Danelectro 6-string bass. Cliff plays through Fender M-80 and SWR Basic Black amplifiers, developing over 325 watts through an 18", two 15", and two 10" speakers, as well as two horns for a bass sound as tactile as it is tonal.


New '62 RI Jazz Bass

'62 RI Close-Up


1967 (center)By day, Cliff is a graphic designer, but his career(s) have been as varied as his taste in Hawaiian shirts. He has been a partner in an advertising agency, driven race cars, written for Road & Track magazine, edited a monthly arts journal, been disk jockey and music director for a college radio station (and a midnight-to-six dj in Buda, Texas), repaired avionics for the Air Force, sold stuff at Radio Shack, taught a 3-unit honors course on Comic Books at California State University Sacramento, directed amateur films, coached soccer, T-ball and rookie league fastpitch softball (1999 & 2000 league champs!), and had a high school painting displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.




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