Eric Wilson (Sublime) Gear

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Sathington W., Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Sathington W.

    Sathington W. Guest

    Dec 1, 2008
    Lubbock, Texas
    What basses did Eric Wilson of Sublime play? I vaguely recall seeing a Stringray in a video, but was that it? I've been on a Sublime binge, and I'm absolutely in love with Eric's tone. Any other basses in his arsenal?
    Also, did he play the upright on any actual recordings, because I remember seeing it on the Santeria music vid, but don't think it was actually played on the recorded version.
  2. Sathington W.

    Sathington W. Guest

    Dec 1, 2008
    Lubbock, Texas
  3. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
  4. OrionManMatt


    Feb 17, 2004
    Ampeg sounds like it would do the trick more than anything. Nothing really above 3kHz necessary. I mean, look at that video below in which he's playing a Jazz bass.

  5. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Inactive

    Nov 8, 2007
    I don't think what gear he used was really that important--I've seen him use a whole arsenal of different stuff and he still sounds like Eric Wilson.
  6. dubstylee


    Feb 9, 2007
    Eric recorded "40oz. to freedom" with the Fender Jazz you see in that Ebin Video. He also recorded "Robbin the Hood" with a Fender Jazz. In late '94 he started using a Musicman Sabre, he used the neck p/u for the reggae stuff, and used the bridge p/u for the faster punk/ska stuff. After he used the MM, he moved onto an old Gibson Ripper type bass that was built by his friend Dan McDonald. It was equipped with a Gibson EB-0 p/u in the neck position which he used for all the reggae/dub stuff, and then the bridge p/u was equipped with a humbucker MM style p/u that he used for the punk stuff. I've seen him use the standard SVT into a Fridge, as well as Aguilar gear, GS412. He gets awesome tone, but I strive for the tone of his early days.
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  7. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    He also used an SWR rig with (among other things) a DBX subharmonic generator and a Big Ben 18" speaker cabinet.

    Also a Roland SH-101 bass synth keyboard.

    Remove everything above about 2khz.
  8. Jluckie3

    Jluckie3 Guest

    Mar 14, 2008
    endorsing artist Lakland basses
    recently he was seen at the "big reunion show" with new singer Rome playing an oly white p-bass through a svt classic.
  9. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett
    I've also seen him playing Brian Moore's live.
  10. basspro


    Mar 10, 2009
    Las Vegas,NV
    Yes,The MM Sabre tone was just awesome.
  11. spiker


    Nov 29, 2008
    Central Coast NSW Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Puretone Bass strings
    For the Eric Wilson sound, you need one thing: Lot's of Reggae low end from your rig.
    Use nothing short of 1x15 cabs (he uses 18's!), and turn that tone down, even turn the bridge pickup off on a jazz bass. A P-bass tone would suit despite the fact he doesn't play them. Also, play as close to the neck as possible with your fingers. You'll be in boombastic reggae heaven in no time :)
    * This is what i've done at gigs before to replicate his tone for Sublime songs.
  12. 76Dub

    76Dub Guest

    Jul 9, 2008
    He used Sabres and a Koll thunderglide w/ Sublime through Trace Elliot, SWR and AMpeg gear always running a Tech 21 NYC sansamp BDDI in front. He now uses mostle Celinder basses and Aguilar amps. Dave Boonshoft can testify that he owns almost every piece of Aguilar gear
  13. tech4sublime

    tech4sublime Guest

    Sep 7, 2011
    don mare guitar pickups
    Just joined,

    WELL.... I'm (Don Mare) the NEW guy who's been doing all the custom set up stuff for Eric & Rome's stage guitars since they started the new project..

    I know that Eric used Jazz and P's on most the CDs from old Sublime

    The Sabre was "not well loved" Eric played it cause its what they had. but preferred Jazz's and P's in the studio...

    we tried to recreate a Sabre like instrument for the new reformed bands tour, using Music man parts and a P bass pickup and a Aguilar Preamp OB1, but we pulled it off the tour midway thru due to complaints of UN-comfy neck/back shape..
    ( I own that bass now, I had over 30 hours of repairs and test work on that monster!)

    we then concentrated on the CYLINDER (Celinder) basses from Denmark he owns, their Custom made P-basses ones Pink ones white
    they both have my hand wound pickups I made for Eric a 10k fatter/ taller coil- its my version or my take on what P bass pickups should be ( I hope) LOL and the Aguilar OB1 pre-amps on-board both..
    THIS IS WHAT the PINK Celinder bass LOOKED LIKE PRIOR TO THE buttons being artfully glued on to it and the pickguard is removed

    there's a ton of guys after Eric sound with bases similar to the Sabre but its not really whats on those hit songs..:bassist:

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  14. UnfortunateTony


    Jul 26, 2010
    He's used a P bass with flatwounds for most of his early career, then he used a 'Ray for awhile, and now is back to the P basses. When I saw him he had 4, I repeat, 4!!!! Ashdown 8x10 cabs. Couldn't see his heads though, I'd assume them to be the same.

    Edit: Just realized that the guy above me is far more knowledgeable. Apologies :p
  15. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Is that code speak for Celinder basses?
  16. tech4sublime

    tech4sublime Guest

    Sep 7, 2011
    don mare guitar pickups
    yea hehe.. I used spell ck.. :oops:
  17. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I guess I always just assumed he used a P bass strung with flats. I remember in a guitar mag (Guitar World, Guitar One, Guitar...I don't remember) back in like 96' there were pictures of him with a P.

    I get an awfully convincing Sublime tone through a P strung with flats and the tone rolled all the way off.

    Contrary to popular belief, bigger speakers do not = deeper or more bass.
  18. tech4sublime

    tech4sublime Guest

    Sep 7, 2011
    don mare guitar pickups
    flats?.. he always seems to favor round wounds - I'll ask him if he ever used flats at all?
    he sure does not like using them since Ive ever worked with him 7-years gone by
  19. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    Last time I saw him interviewed in BP Mag which was ages ago he was running a line out from a Mesa M2000 to a dbx subharmonic snyth then to one of those powered Meyer 218's, and IIRC as well as a SVT810.
  20. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Like I said, it was just an assumption. Nothing credible to back it up...especially now!