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Stanley Clarke's vibrato

Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by lovethegrowl, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    I am new here. I don't know if this is the place to ask
    But has anybody checked out Stanley Clarke's ferocious vibrato on his old alembic bass? Even while doing harmonics his vibrato could be so wide. Was it sheer strength? For me attempting to appropriate it is moot. I'm buying a Kahler tremolo bridge, but Clarke's vibrato technique seemed to defy reality.
     
  2. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day! Supporting Member

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    Alembic basses have an internal filter that creates a certain "tremolo" effect. Also realize that Stanley is a monster on upright and has gigantic hands and plays a short scale bass. There is a unique combination of physical, electronic, and skill factors at play in his sound.
     
  3. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day! Supporting Member

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    He also splits his signal chain into a fender tube amp. Having said all that- Stanley could probably walk into guitar center and work magic on a poorly setup ibanez. Emulating his playing got me fired from many bands!
     

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