Bass/Warr Guitar rig.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sound Chaser, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    So, I'm talking to my drummer the other day and discussing songs we want to cover. One of the songs that comes up is Yes' "And You And I", and we decide that we won't be able to pull it off because of all the keyboard/synth parts. Then, my drummer says "What about those things that make a guitar or bass sound like another instrument?".

    So, I spend a little time researching and I figure that for about $750, I could get a roland synth pickup and a synth foot-pedal. Then, I talk to my guitarist about it, and he says "Why don't you get one of those things Trey from King Crimson plays?" (Warr guitar). I then remember our original train of thought on this whole two-bassists thing..."King Crimson does it, why can't we?" (we didn't know they used tapping instruments instead of normal basses at the time).

    So, I'm going to start with a normal bass rig. My bass running into an Ashly Audio CLX-51, my Ampeg preamp, and a Mesa-Boogie Walkabout combo (with a rackmount tuner, noise gate, power conditioner, and a rack case).

    Then comes this baby:

    It's normally tuned BEADGC(bass side, tuned in fifths from the center out) and C#F#BEAD (melody side, tuned in regular fourths). I'm just going to get a standard 6 string bass/6 string guitar tuning, and with built in MIDI piezos.

    Then I'm going to get a Carvin Legacy 2X12 combo (100 watt), the synth foot pedal, and some guitar effects for the high strings.

    I'm still going to play bass, so I planned on getting a few basses as well, mostly for their tonal properties:

    My Corvette
    Rickenbacker 4003
    Yamaha Attitude (with a synth pickup until I get the Warr)
    Fender Geddy Sig
    MM Sterling HH

    The bass amp system is $2300
    The treble amp system is $2100 (plus an eventual $2000 for an Eventide Harmonizer)
    The basses I don't have already are $4500
    The 12 string Trey Gunn signature Warr guitar with MIDI is $5100

    For a grand total of $16000
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Wow. You are actually planning on spending that much at once? Amazing stuff...
  3. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Noooooooooooooo...this is definitely over the course of a few years. :)
  4. tiefling


    Aug 19, 2003
    Washington DC
    Have you gotten to play a Warr yet? It seems like a really cool idea but it was too much for me. I got rid of mine becuase I didn't have the time to put into really getting good. Its a challange! I'd suggest trying one out if you have the means.
  5. You could just get a synth player for your band. They are out there.
  6. bound


    Dec 28, 2003
    Jersey, Baby!
    Yeah, the Warr is definitely a challenge. I got one of the last Raptors that Mark made. Definitely try one first, even if it is a Stick :scowl:
    You can always get MArk to build it for mirrored tuning, which I know a few guys love. I'd really like to get mine set up for the reverse of what's normal(get it with the treble side on the top) Good luck!