Geezer Butler's tone on the album "Paranoid"

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by decadence, Dec 22, 2000.

  1. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
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  2. RichGrippo


    Sep 25, 2018
    Jonesboro, AR
    Not saying you are incorrect, but how do you know he did not use it in 1970? I just went back and listened to Paranoid album yet again and it sure sounds like an Ampeg Fliptop to me ().
  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I don't think Ampeg had a lot of influence in the UK back then. I've read that the Paranoid bass tone is a mix of clean DI and mic'd amp, with a Laney amp being the most likely candidate.

    The Ampeg amps are visible in modern interviews with the band in the Classic Albums documentary. The B-15 is behind Tony Iommi while an SVT is visible behind Geezer. There is nothing to link these amps back to the original recording sessions, as they are effectively props.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Ampeg was starting to gain a foothold when Sabbath came out.
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