1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TB Android app is working, you may need to uninstall/reinstall. The iPhone app is now updated and should work after you upgrade. TalkBass is responsive to any screen size, so we recommend using your mobile browser for full functionality.

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

Les Claypool's Setup

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stickk, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Stickk

    Stickk

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Basses

    [​IMG]
    Carl Thompson "Rainbow Bass"

    [​IMG]
    Walnut Carl Thompson Bass

    [​IMG]
    Backup Carl Thompson Bass

    [​IMG]
    Carl Thompson Bass

    Fretted 6 String Bass (pictured below)

    Carl Thompson Bass (pictured below)

    [​IMG]
    2 Fender Jazz Basses (this one has EMG's in it, by the look of it [the other one is red])

    [​IMG]
    5 String NS Electric Bass Cello

    [​IMG]
    Whamola

    [​IMG]
    Dan Moloney Bass Banjo

    Amplification

    (Primus)
    Mesa Boogie 400+ Heads
    Mesa Boogie Cabinets

    (Les Claypool [solo])
    2 Ampeg SVT-5PRO Heads
    2 Ampeg 4X10 Cabinets
    2 Ampeg 1X15 Cabinets

    Pedalboard

    MXR M-80 Bass DI
    Line 6 DM4 Distortion Modeler
    Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
    Boomerang Phrase Sampler
    DBX 160a Compressor
    Access Virus TI Synthesizer (with a foot MIDI controller)
    Korg Toneworks AX3000B Multi-Effects

    Strings

    Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings

    Please comment and feel free to request bass players's rigs! More to come soon...

    Attached Files:

  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    Very cool thread you've made here! Man, Claypool is looking old these days!
  3. kosmicwizard

    kosmicwizard

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Are you sure he plays through Ampeg Cabs? I truly thought that he plays through Mesa Boogie Cabs !?!?!?!?!?!? AND I totally thought that he has Ampeg SVT's as his heads NOT 5 pro's (Whatever) ... BTW, you forgot the J-Bass that he plays in the "Beaver" video, it is different than the one he plays with "Sausage." Cheers!
  4. Fool

    Fool

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Les claypool......
  5. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    He used Mesa Bass 400+'s and mesa cabs in primus (he also switched while in primus), he switched to SVT-3's at a show while trying out some Ampegs at a booth.

    Now he uses other things, he still uses ampeg pro series cabs but he uses a pre/power setup apparently as seen in the Anthony Jackson issue of BP.
  6. Stickk

    Stickk

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, he's almost 50, just 5 years to go for him.
  7. Stickk

    Stickk

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks, I'll change that.
  8. the_ruckus

    the_ruckus

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    i've seen him several times with the frogs and he was using SVT 4 pro heads with 4 SVT PRO 15's, 2 PRO 4x10's and god knows what kind of effects.
  9. bomba

    bomba

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
  10. bomba

    bomba

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is Claypool' s pedalboard. Pic is taken in March 2009. It is a really dark pic. I can see - from left to right -

    Line6 DL4 Modeling Delay
    Boomerang Phrase Sampler
    Line 6 DM4 Distortion Modeler
    TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
    MXR M80 Bass D.I.+ (maybe two?)

    There are 6 or 7 more on this board, but i` ve never seen those before in my life.

    The MIDI foot controller looks ugly. Is that really a MIDI foot controller?

    [​IMG]

    Somebody with GIMP or PHOTOSHOP on his PC maybe could clear up the pic.
  11. bomba

    bomba

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    Some pics of is rack from the show at the Wiltern 2009. Sorry, no idea whats in it:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  12. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K.

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2003
    Likes Received:
    0
    the ns is a bass version, not a bass cello.
  13. Spedracer

    Spedracer

    Joined:
    May 3, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    That must be a newer walnut 4 string. Its definitely not his original.
  14. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Likes Received:
    0
    i just thought the same...
    at first i though that maybe it has gotten some sort of general overhaul but now i'm not sure anymore...
    the walnut has more figure to it and looks very fresh and not shiny.
    but we all know the lighting could deceive us, so...
  15. chicago_mike

    chicago_mike

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Likes Received:
    0
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    Wish I knew what the preamps were..look pretty snazzy.
  16. crow01

    crow01

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    i was just looking for this thread. spent all night listening to all of those crazy primus albums.
  17. thudstaff23

    thudstaff23

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    I love the look of his Carl Thompson's! Thanks for the great pics of one of the all-time greats.
  18. Jerose

    Jerose

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=525737&highlight=thompson

    Few videos of Carl Thompson making the bass in question. It's brand new!
  19. ryognbass

    ryognbass

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    ive seen vids of him with an 800rb in the backline
  20. Spedracer

    Spedracer

    Joined:
    May 3, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    sorry to sound like a fanboy but the grain is not the same, the control plate (or lack thereof) is different. Plus the most obvious part that isn't the same is the non Geddy Lee signed headstock. Different bass.

Share This Page