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Mike Mills from REM bass gear?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Timpala, Mar 27, 2014.


  1. Timpala

    Timpala Supporting Member

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    I have been searching, but I can't find what bass gear he uses. I know he used to play a Rickenbacker. I know he has used a Telecaster bass as well. But, I know he prefers a Precision bass from what I have read. I also know he uses various Ampeg amps. I am really wondering what effects pedals he uses? I really like his tone and would love to figure out how he gets it.
     
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I love the group I think it depends on the song? for a song like Man On The Moon I use an acoustic bass for most everything else I just use a P bass with compression I would try to match his live tone as supposed to his studio tone because there are just too many variables to try and duplicate.
     
  3. deepestend

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    I'd love to know too. They are a very produced band, so it is probably tough to chase the studio tone. He does love his P-basses live, though.
     
  4. jallenbass

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  7. Timpala

    Timpala Supporting Member

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    I like the Big Muff. I also use one. I like what seems to be his clean signal. It almost seems like he can get his Precision basses to sound like his Rics. Its a nice punchy tone. I play a p-bass with an Ampeg SVT and an 8x10 or a 2x15 and I am still missing something.
     
  8. Noonan

    Noonan Supporting Member

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    I saw REM on the Green Tour in 1989. He was playing the Precision by then. A guitar tech in Athens told me a long time ago that MM put an EMG pickup in his Precision. I personally loved his tone on Reckoning with the Rick.
     
  9. Timpala

    Timpala Supporting Member

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    I don't think EMG's have pole pieces from what I have seen. I have looked at several photos of his basses, and have always seen the usual pole pieces. However, I did find this photo and zoomed in to find larger pole pieces. These pickups look like the SD Quarter Pounders http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8286/7666470366_d71c74f71f.jpg
     
  10. mtdkingstonheir

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    I've always liked Mike's playing and tone with R.E.M.. His groove with Bill Berry and interplay with Peter Buck is highly underrated.
     
  11. Lo-E

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    I saw them around '84 or '85 and he was playing a Precision through an SVT.
     
  12. 10cc

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    Next time I run into him I'll ask him. Once I could not remember a song that was on Reckoning. He happily told me the name of the song (white tornado)I'm sure he'd love to talk about his tone.
     
  13. aquamentus

    aquamentus Supporting Member

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    Mike is my favorite bass player ever. As much as the virtuosos can impress, I prefer guys that I pattern my style after. And pretty much everything i do playing wise is patterned after Mr. Mills.
     
  14. dropbass

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    I saw them at the garden.. everyone was spot on imo... Mills killed it pretty much had the same pbass on the whole time...had a couple of those and a Rick I saw . Played some piano too...(as I watched the mandolin get tuned sit there the whole set until religion....lol)...
     
  15. deepestend

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    What songs does he use phaser and delay on?
     

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