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Faith No More - EPIC

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Growler, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
  2. DaveF


    Dec 22, 2007
    New Westminster, BC
    Oh man I LOVE this song...

    Sounds like a Stingray to me.
  3. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    Looking at the headstock, it doesn't look like a stingray....
  4. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    Kinda looks like an ibanez headstock! From what i can recall the bassist for that band used an Alembic Essence a lot.
  5. BigSatan


    Jan 25, 2009
    Wiki states that he used a Zon and also an Aria in the early days. It is the wiki...so take it for what it's worth.
  6. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    It's not a Ray. Billy used some strange off brand of bass-someone on TB knows-my guess
    if memory serves, is Aria Pro, Washburn or Tune, something LIKE that. He also played through
    Peavey amps....and lots of em'


    Dec 27, 2007
    Looks like an Aria Pro to me...

    I think i read once that he used one rig for his clean sound and another for the dirty stuff both through Peavey cabs and for songs like this he ran both rigs simultaneously, of course i could be wrong.
  8. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    it is an Aria pro II, Integra IIRC.
  9. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    It is an Aria Pro. And CRANKED Peavey amps. Gould said he loved Peavey stuff because it broke up so nicely when pushed hard.

    He switched to Zons later, I believe for the King For a Day, Fool for A Lifetime album and onward.

    One of my favorite bassists.
  10. Concur.
  11. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com



    Dec 27, 2007
    Yo! Alembic...you sure know your Billy Gould

    Thanks for the pics, as soon as i saw the headstock i knew it was an Aria!
  13. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Confirmation. FWIW I love Peavey stuff period. People who poo poo
    it are just ignorant in the truest sense of the word: ignoring the
    bold face fact that Peavey gear is durable, economical,
    and musically colorful in a genuine rock and roll way.
  14. As far as technique goes, I think he's picking VERY hard pretty close to the bridge. Maybe within an inch or so, just striking 'em really hard with some compression, and the Peavy heads cranked as mentioned before.
  15. Steve!


    Nov 5, 2008
    I thought he was slapping
  16. Honestly, it sounds like it. I guess I got sucked in by that first post.

    The video sort of looks like he's picking. On that part, the video never shows him clearly. The best you get is at about 1:15, but his back's to the camera. At the very end, he's obviously not picking, but he

    Dunno... I take it back... He probably is slapping very hard near the bridge.

    Also, it sounds like he probably has a bit of phase shifter or something like that going during the song, and certainly at the end.
  17. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    Yeah, Billy definitely PICKS on Epic, except for the very end, during the outro...I think the sound is achieved by picking real hard at the P pickup (he used a P/J config in those days) or between the P pup and the neck. And it was an Aria Pro II SB-Integra for the album version, but the Chile '91 video was a later model Integra, pictured a few posts above. I have both of these basses and they definitely sound different from each other...
    I can't wait to see Billy playing the song live again!
  18. PinkFloydDan


    Jul 4, 2005
    I can get that sound with my SVT CL on any kind of bass. He just had the treble pretty high and mids high it sounded like
  19. b_jamin41311


    Feb 5, 2009
    yeah definately an Aria,i did read that Cliff introduced him to them back in the day,also he used an Ibanez tube screamer pedal.
  20. and a dod flanger.....epic is a pick tons of live vids

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