A Complete gear List for Krist Novoselic

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by A. D. Fairhurst, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Ibanez Black Eagle with guard

    4 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez Black Eagle without guard

    2 vote(s)
  3. Ibanez Black Eagle Modded

    1 vote(s)
  4. Fender P Bass

    9 vote(s)
  5. Gibson Ripper (black '75-'76 model)

    5 vote(s)
  6. Gibson Ripper (black '77-'83 model)

    2 vote(s)
  7. Gibson Ripper (natural '75-'76 model)

    2 vote(s)
  8. Gibson Ripper (natural '73-'74 model)

    4 vote(s)
  9. Gibson RD Artist

    15 vote(s)
  10. Gibson Thunderbird (burst)

    6 vote(s)
  11. Gibson Thunderbird (black)

    2 vote(s)
  12. Warwick Dolphin

    5 vote(s)
  13. Gibson RD Standard

    4 vote(s)
  14. Guild B30-E

    0 vote(s)
  1. Basses:
    Ibanez Black Eagle 2609B (1989-1990, 1992-1994)
    • 1 without pickguard. Used on Bleach album and tour.
    • 1 with pickguard
    • 1 without pickguard, with rosewood neck and gold knob plate

    (Note: one of the above basses was also used on the Robert Lang sessions in 1994 that produced 'You Know you're Right'. I don't know which exactly, though.)

    Fender Precision Bass (1990)
    • 1 '62 model in natural reddish brown-sorta colour. Not sure what to call it. Anyway, borrowed from Kurt Danielson of TAD whilst he was having lunch to record 'Sliver'.

    Gibson RD Artist Bass (1991-1994)
    • 2 '77-'79 models in black. Toured very heavily becoming arguably the bass most associated with Krist. Contrary to popular belief, this was never recorded with in the studio.

    Is it me or does this song sound better in this key? People should do it more!

    Gibson L-9S Ripper (1991-1994)
    • 2 '75-'76 models in black. One bought shortly after Nevermind was recorded and used for all of In Utero. Other bought in 1993 and toured until Kurt died.
    • 1 or 2 '77-'83 models in black. According to Krist, the famous 1979 Ripper that smacked his face at the 1992 VMAs and recorded the drop D/D standard songs on Nevermind has a bent neck today, so I assume it got it in that infamous accident. Therefore, he probably got a second one for 1993.

    Notice the three-screw pickups that identify it from earlier models.

    • 1 '75-'76 model in natural. Used in early-mid 1991 and probably recorded the standard tuning Nevermind songs. However, by Reading 1991 it had vanished (probably destroyed) and was replaced by... nirvana-live-show.jpg
    • 1 '73-'74 model in natural. Probably Krist's favourite Ripper as it was his main live bass along with the RD Artists from mid 1991-sometime in 1992. Hasn't been seen with him since so it's probably retired. Could've also recorded standard tuning songs on Nevermind. Who knows? Used on many classic live tapes, like the Paradiso show.

    This is my favourite bass ever, by the way.

    Warwick Dolphin (1991)
    • 1 in natural. Borrowed from the studio and played only for the '2 Meter Sessie' radio broadcast in Holland. His gear was being set up for the Paradiso show that night.
    Gibson Thunderbird IV (1992)
    • 1 '87-Present model in sunburst. Famously used at the legendary Reading 1992 concert.

    Now that's some savage bass tone!
    • 1 '87-Present model in black. Converted to chrome hardware by Earnie Bailey, Nirvana's guitar tech. Given to Matt Lukin of Mudhoney in 1994.
    ...ummmm...can't find a picture of this one, but his guitar tech said it existed, so take my word for it.

    Gibson RD Standard Bass (1993)
    • 1 in black. Given to him by guitar tech Earnie Bailey for Christmas. Used at the Hollywood Rock Festival in Brazil. Signature model based off this.

    Maybe not their best live performance, but certainly the funniest.

    Guild B30-E Semi Acoustic (1993)
    • 1 in natural. Rented for the classic MTV Unplugged set in 1993.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
  2. KingT


    Feb 3, 2016
    Yeah man keep 'em coming :thumbsup:
  3. Amps:
    Laney Pro Bass Head (1989-1990)
    • Used throughout the Bleach era

    Fender BXR Dual Bass 400 Head (1990-1991)
    • Used to bridge the gap between the Laney and the Ampeg. Served as a back up after the SVT arrived but didn't get used much.

    Ampeg SVT-400T (1991-1993)
    • First showed up in early 1991. Used to record Nevermind and played on the tour. Toured heavily as Krist really liked it.

    HiWatt Custom 100 Head (1993-1994)
    • Found in a Seattle pawn shop for $300 and then modified to use K-90 tubes. Used to record In Utero and played for the rest of Nirvana's career. This was Krist's favourite amp, apparently.

    Marshall Plexi 100 Head (1992, 1994)
    • Modded to use 6550 tubes. Used for the In Utero demos in 1992, then shelved for a while. Came back for the 1994 Robert Lang session.

    Gallien Krueger 800RB Head (1993-1994)
    • Used a bit on the In Utero tour.
    Peavey 2x15 Cab (1989-1991)
    • Used with the Laney head during the Bleach era.
    Marshall 4x12 Cabs (1991-1992)
    • 4 used during the Nevermind tour and to record the album.

    Mesa Boogie Road Ready Cabs (1991)
    • 2 2x15s and
    • 2 4x10s took over from the Marshalls for a bit during the middle of the Nevermind tour.

    Ampeg 8x10 Cabs (1991-1994)
    • Used intermittently throughout the Nevermind tour and then for the In Utero tour.
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  4. Surely he still plays some. I wonder about that when i hear love bug off of Bleach -how could you put the bas s down after playing these awesome riffs....
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  5. Bass Growler

    Bass Growler

    Jul 10, 2015
    Cool thread!
    What about pedals? I know he used a Rat and some chorus pedal.
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  6. RickyT


    May 29, 2015
    Dee Why
    *Love Buzz
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  7. Dang bad spelling! Yes of course love Buzz -lol!
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  8. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    When I think of Krist Novoselic, I immediately think Ripper. But I liked his use of Thunderbirds very much too. My favorite of his amps is definitely the HiWatt. One of my amps is Reeves Custom 225, which is based of the old HiWatts. Playing my '76 or so Ripper (which I sold on Friday) through that amp, you could definitely get some aweome Krist tones, plus a whole lot more. People rag on Rippers, but they are some of the most versatile basses out there, you can get just about anything out of them if you take the time to explore the somewhat strange electronics on them. Through the Reeves (or through a similar HiWatt as shown by Krist), it's a MONSTER sound.
  9. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    The reason i became a bass player.
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  10. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Also, his tone to me sounds like he used/uses a rather light gauge pick.
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  11. direwolf333


    Oct 24, 2014
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  13. ttt = To The Top

    He was bumping your post up to the top.

    I saw Nirvana on the Bleach tour. Can't remember what he played. Jason Everman was playing second guitar.
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  14. Thank you for clarifying...! And thank you, direwolf, for the bump!
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  15. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    the dolphin pro goes better with the monkey in scuba gear in front of the collage of diseased women's private parts and the baby in the pool from nevermind

    jazz infused rd bass by gibson - or reissue - or whatever the fun you wanna call it - did he play this at the rock hall?
  16. direwolf333


    Oct 24, 2014
    Great thread!
  17. I don't understand a word of that, sorry.
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  18. whatever he used on Lounge Act (Ibanez?)
  19. bassguppy


    Jan 8, 2003
    From my recent trip to the Seattle EMP. They have some items of Nirvana fame on display.

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  20. Bass Growler

    Bass Growler

    Jul 10, 2015
    That black eagle is awesome!
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