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Gene Simmons Bass Rig from the 70's??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Zero Cool, Dec 10, 2005.


  1. Zero Cool

    Zero Cool

    Mar 20, 2005
    Anybody know what Gene Simmons used to record Rock and Roll Over with??

    On the song Baby driver, the first few bass notes, you can hear the tubes in his amp ratteling. and so now im curious what he used for amps. i would imagine his recording rig was different from his live rig.

    Zc
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    He has used Ampeg SVT's for decades, including back then.
     
  3. But did he always use proper SVT's (well, tube amps anyway), its just that his signature amp is SS?
     
  4. I know that he endorsed Sunn (Colloseum 300 ?) back in the 70's, but that's all I can recall.
     
  5. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    My band opened for Kiss once, I think it was in '76. At that time he was using 6 JBL loaded half-perkins cabs (it's a large, single 15" PA cab) and had 4 SVT heads behind them...I think 3 wired up & a spare.
     
  6. Zero Cool

    Zero Cool

    Mar 20, 2005
    I picked up a Kiss video of TV commercials from 74-76. Gene is definitly playing Three Ampeg V-4B heads and Three larges cabs most likley 8x10's.

    Still dont know if thats what he used in studio but...