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James Johnston (Scottish musician)

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Birth name  James Robert Johnston
Role  Bassist
Name  James Johnston
Years active  1995–present

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Born  25 April 1980 (age 35) (1980-04-25)
Origin  Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Instruments  Vocals, bass guitar, synth
Labels  Beggars Banquet, 14th Floor
Music groups  Biffy Clyro (Since 1995), Marmaduke Duke, Pigbag
Genres  Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Art rock
Albums  Only Revolutions, Opposites, Puzzle, Infinity Land, Blackened Sky

Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter

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JImmy Roberto Johnston (born 25 April 1980) is a bassist, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Scottish group Biffy Clyro. He is also known as Jim or Jimbo and sometimes signs his name as such.


Early life

Johnston was born and raised in Kilmarnock with his twin brother Ben (who became the drummer for Biffy Clyro), and his younger brother, Adam Johnston (who is now Biffy Clyro's drum tech). The first gig he ever attended was Rancid at Glasgow Barrowlands in 1995, when he was fifteen.

Biffy Clyro

Having previously played bass with schoolfriend Simon Neil and brother Ben Johnston in a band called Skrewfish in 1995, the trio moved to Glasgow, and were soon discovered by manager Dee Bahl, and then signed to Beggars Banquet, in 2001.

Marmaduke Duke

Johnston plays bass guitar when the conceptual rock duo Marmaduke Duke plays live.

Personal life

Johnston is fond of cycling, and can often be found cycling around the hills of Ayrshire. Johnston currently resides with his wife in Glasgow, Scotland.

Musical equipment used

The following is a list of musical equipment used by James Johnston.

Bass guitars

Johnston's basses are usually tuned to Biffy Clyro's preferred tuning of (DADG), but sometimes (BADG) for "Pause it and Turn It Up" and (CGCF) for "Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies", as well as "That Golden Rule", "The Captain" and "Got Wrong".

  • Fender Jazz Bass – Lake Placid Blue USA model with upgraded pickups.
  • Fender Jazz Bass – White USA model with tortoise shell plate.
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Fender Jazz Bass - American Standard - Black and Sunburst
  • Fender Precision Bass - American Standard - Olympic White
  • Fender Jazz Bass - American Deluxe - Natural
  • Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray
  • Rickenbacker 4003 - Mountains music video
  • Squier Jazz Bass - Squier James Johnston Signature Jazz Bass - Lake Placid Blue
  • Nik Huber Rietbergen Bass - Nik Huber Rietbergen Bass - Red
  • Gibson Grabber - Black, used in some acoustic sessions
  • Fender Jazz Bass - American Standard - Frost Metallic (Q-Awards Acoustic Set - Camden Jazz Cafe, London 2013)
  • Effects pedals

  • Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Preamp
  • BOSS LS-2 Line Selector
  • BOSS ODB-3 Overdrive
  • BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Amplifiers

  • Ashdown CTM-300 Head
  • Ashdown ABM 900 Head
  • Ashdown Classic Cabinets
  • Eden World Tour WT550 Amplifier Head
  • Eden WTDI Preamp Di box
  • Other

  • 1.0mm bass pick
  • His tech is Dave White


    James Johnston (Scottish musician) Wikipedia

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