For years I have been chasing a very growly cutting tone with little success. I have been aware of this band for a while, but the bass plaayer really is something else. He uses a variety of basses but seems to get a signature style growl that I absolutely adore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqIoZr8j9cU
This being my favorite one of all (Intro is fairly standard but wait til it gets into the song!). From the video it appears to be an Orange Valve stack, overdriven with a Lakland Jazz bass. Obviously whatever he recorded the track with could be different, however I reckon it was probably with some sort of valve amp with a J bass with a soloed neck pickup, anyone else care to chip in? Whatever it is, seems to be heavily compressed as his tone is very constant and present in the mix.
Scooped mids you think? Flats, rounds? 60's or 70's Pup spacing?
Either way, great player and fantastic tone. Looks like the rest of the band are geared towards making him sound fantastic balance wise.
Here is another track that you may enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8f7jGVaymY
Sounds more P bass to me, but hard to tell.
Current gear is a Fender P-J all maple P bass with Dimarzio Super Woofer and Ultra Jazz and a Gibson Grabber. VT Bass Deluxe, Ampeg PG-500, Barefaced S12T. Cant get anywhere near this tone! Ideas?