Does Jason Newstead play a 5 string live?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FearOfGodX, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. FearOfGodX


    Nov 8, 2001
    I got the action figure, lo and behold, there is a 5 string Bass (with more nobs than I have ever seen before). What is the deal? What songs do metallica have a 5 string on? I am oh so confused here people. (P.S. In Cunning Stunts, he uses a 5 string, but I am not sure when he uses the B)
  2. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Jason uses Sadowsky 4 and 5-strings, Fender P-Basses and ESP (that I can think of). I don't think I have ever seen him use anything less than a fiver when playing live.
  3. A few more to the list;

    Alembic (on the "And Justice For All" and "Black Album" tours - mostly fives, with an occasional four, and six during "Sad But True")

    Spector (his "recording" bass - used since the "black" album on - often strung B-E-A-D)
  4. Was there any bass guitar in Justice For All? I heard James said that they only put a picture of Jason but actually no bass player in that album.
  5. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    There is bass on the Justice album... the problem is you need a REALLY good speaker system to hear it. It's buried way down in the mix, but I have actually heard that bass on a few systems, my current system in my truck actually does reproduce the bass. For the most part, it's just doubling the rhythm guitar anyways, and the rhythm guitar is so huge and phat... well... it doesn't leave a lot of room sonically for the bass. I love the sound of the kick and snare on that album by the way, it's huge.
  6. Hi guys, I seem to remember reading somewhere that in the earlier days - like when the action figures are modelled, he had a liking for Wal basses. Could the bass in the model be a Wal 5 string custom job with button, switches, go faster thingies!!!???

    About 'And justice....' I wondered about the bass too, but it is there for sure. Just hard to pick out most of the time!
  7. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    Jason uses both 4s and 5ers live, check out the Cunning Stunts and S&M videos for proof.

    Very few Metallica songs actually require the low "B", "Sad But True" is one, BUT I beleive he uses the extra string to improvise live and/or give him more hand positions when playing some of Cliff's old lines.

    His full equipment list:

    Sadowsky E-Bass Guitars:
    Sadowsky - Black Vintage - Ash body
    Sadowsky - Black Vintage (x2)
    Sadowsky - PJ - Cherry Sunburst
    Sadowsky - PJ - Caramel Sunburst
    Sadowsky - Vintage - Lake Placid Blue #1 (4 strings)
    Sadowsky - Vintage - Lake Placid Blue #2 (5 strings)
    Sadowsky - Vintage - Cherry Sunburst
    Sadowsky - Black Vintage - 24 Fret (x2)

    Further Basses Used For On-Stage:
    Alembic - Elan - Black (5 strings)
    Alembic - Europa - Black (6 strings)
    Alembic - Europa - Black (5 strings)
    Alembic - Europa - Black (4 strings)
    Alembic - Spoiler - Black (4 strings) (x2)
    Alembic - Spoiler - Natural colored
    ESP Bass - Red
    ESP B-1 - Black
    Guild acoustic bass
    Stuart Spector Designs 4 - 5 - 6 strings
    Stuart Spector SP5
    WAL - Black (5 strings)

    Further Basses Only Used For Recording/Non-Stage:
    Alembic - Europa - Black (4 strings)
    Alembic - Europa - Black (10 strings)
    Chandler Metro Baritone
    Dingwall Voodoo Bass
    1933 National Dobro
    1958 Fender Prescision
    1968 Fender Telecaster Paisley Bass
    1963 Gibson EB-3
    1981 Spector NS (4 strings)
    Gibson EB-6 (6 strings)
    Hagstrom 8 string
    Hamer (8 strings)
    Hamer Mandocello (12 strings)
    Music Man Sting Ray (4 strings)
    Music Man Sting Ray 5 (5 strings)
    Parker Fly guitar
    Zon fretless

    He also used one of Cliff's Aria Pro II basses from time to time.
  8. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    the bass in the action figure isssue is the alembic