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Heavy metal bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by da axeman, May 16, 2007.

  1. Hi everyone, I play bass for a heavy metal band and was wondering what is a bass that will give a great metal tone (don't care about price). I am particularly looking for the tone that the bassist from disturbed :)bassist: )uses.

    Have a fender P bass btw.
  2. steve M

    steve M

    Jun 21, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I think the bassist from disturbed plays a 5 string stingray if your looking for that tone.
  3. I still think Spector has the best metal sound. Check out Rex from Pantera and Eddie from Queensryche (Empire). These will give you two separate sounds of the Spector but, both are very clear sounding. Thats my pick. Good Luck with your search.
  4. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I was going to go with P-Bass.
  5. shrimphead


    Apr 11, 2007
    Canterbury, UK
    I play a thunderbird in a thrash band and it sounds great, really lovely low end cuts right through the mix and the passive humbuckers make fast galloping riffs sound really obnoxious :)

    just my 2c though :)
  6. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Musicman Stingray! It's the only way to go. Here are the two clips that convinced me to buy a Ray,

    This is THE metal tone in my opinon. :) :bassist:
  7. I was thinking about getting a T-bird, but after hearing those two songs and knowing the disturbed:)bassist:) bassist uses a musicman stingray, i am starting to think about getting one of those...

    ty for the replies btw

  8. Exactly what I was going to say.:bassist:

    Incredible grunt.
  9. Don't know Disturbed's bass sound, but since Metal is a HUGE genre with hundred's of different bass sounds, I find it impossible to specify the best bass for metal.

    However, generally, I find both Spector and Stingrays to be able to cut through a busy mix very well. Of course, your amp is really important as well.
  10. Anyone else got any opinions ?
  11. Poop-Loops

    Poop-Loops Banned

    Mar 3, 2006
    Auburn, Washington
    Guy from Racer X used a Jazz from what I could tell (saw a live clip on Youtube). I just got an SX Jazz and am learning "Peace Sells".

    But generally a P or soap bars will suite you better. Really, just try a bunch out and see what you like better. It will also depend on your amp.
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    I think you already have a bass that sounds good for metal.
  13. Spector
  14. smadder


    Nov 13, 2004
    I sent you a perosnal message.
  15. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I can't stand T-Birds, the sound is horrid IMO. :meh: I played a few Spectors from the Euro range, and loved them. But played a Stingray the next day and it completly wiped out the competition, so that's what I got! There are quite a few bassist's out there that use P's for metal, though I dont like them. I'm gonna give you the usual advice, go out, play many basses and get the one that you love. :)
  16. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    ^My good man, if you ever have heard "Quadrophenia" by The Who, i simply cant understand how you can say that about Thunderbirds.. wonderful sound.

    "Strangers in the night" by UFO goes for the same.
  17. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Why not just try a bunch of different basses out,and pick what you like.You'll get way too many opinions here.
  18. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    I am not sure there is such thing as "metal tone". :meh: Be more specific, who is your influence, what band do you want your tone to be close to, what style of metal. I think that all matters.

    fender P bass is a good bass, i am sure if you play around with your AMP you can find a tone you looking for...

    Also, filling out your profile helps as we would know what bass you have and what kind of AMP/Cab setup you are playing with. :)

    Welcome to the forum.
  19. Gotta pipe in. My money is on the warwick Thumb. The tones are amazing, the highs cut through like nobody's business, and they look great.

    unearth, don't really know what's up with the anime: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YB1epeKcDWg

    as always, whenever the thumb is brought up: http://youtube.com/watch?v=G7DWH3DrzeY

    not a thumb, but a great warwick tone, from dirk lance: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hGEbim3V6cw

    That should give you a good idea of what the thumb, and warwick line of basses can do for you

  20. Willem


    Dec 26, 2005