Jason Newsted's tone
Does anyone know how to get the tone from the Black Album?
For most of it, Spector with a pick.
Let your guitar player control your volume knob.
Ask Lars. He can't keep time but he knows how to get good bass tone.
Seconding the Spector + pick + Ampeg combination.
from the sep/oct '91 issue of bassplayer regarding Jason's studio set-up
When you were recording the new album, how did you treat the bass?
Bob Rock had me try about 25 different basses and a bunch of rig
combinations; we tried some Trace Elliot stuff—which is what I’ve been using
live [see signal chain]—and also some Ampeg, Crown, SWR, MESA/Boogie, and ADA
equipment. We had all these rigs next to each other and we could combine them
various ways, which was cool. I ended up using my Trace GP-11 preamp with a
direct line, SWR SM-400s for lows, original SVT heads and 8x10 cabinets for mid
rumble, and old Marshall Flint guitar cabinets for mid-highs. We mixed all of
those together, and the mix was different for each song. On the slow tunes, we
mellowed out the bass by adding more of the SWR and SVT; “The Unforgiven” was
mostly SVT with a little direct. For angrier songs like “Holier Than Thou,” it
was pretty much an equal mix of everything blasting, with a little extra DI.
Which basses did you use?
I ended up playing an ’81 Spector [4-string] for all the songs except “The
Unforgiven,” which sounded best with a ’59 Precision.
Man, it would be great to be able to run multiple rigs like that to record with.
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