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Henry Bogdan of Helmet

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassfart, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    I NEED to know how Henry got his unbelievable bass tones on "Meantime", "Betty", and " Aftertaste". I've done google searches and have come up empty. Does anyone have any insight into this subject? I know he used G&L basses, but how did he record them?
  2. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
  3. Auspex


    Jan 30, 2013
    Boise, Idaho
    This thread makes me happy. Helmet is one of the biggest influences for my playing style.

    Would love to hear what he was doing.
  4. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    From what I could fine he used G&L basses and SWR SM900s. He must have used a bass driver because SWRs and not an aggressive sounding amp
  5. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    They can be aggressive if you push them hard enough. I don't know how they let that drummer continue on with that horrible snare.
  6. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    It was the "in sound" at that time.
  7. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    I had a SM500 and hated it. Just way to clean sounding for aggressive music
  8. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    When I saw them play live in '97 he was using SWR stuff. Those MFD pickups can drive any amp to overdrive.
  9. Auspex


    Jan 30, 2013
    Boise, Idaho
    Because it was John effing Stanier.

    He can do what he wants!!!!!!!
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    SWR amps didn't sound bad at all when you cranked the gain hard IMHO.
  11. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    What kind of unit do you think Henry used to drive his sound?
  12. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
  13. anarchipur2015


    Dec 24, 2014
    Hi, I want to reactivate this thread now in 2015 :)

    I bought a G&L tribute 2000 bass guitar and use it with GK 700RB-II and a 2x12" GK Neo Cab. I also have an MXR M80 DI Box. I want to get the Henry Bogdan Helmet sound with this rig, so I started trying all nodes and switches on the bass and on the amp and switched teh DI on and off but am still far away.

    I still cannot get enough bottom and a dry meaty sound. When I put more bass it gets blurry, when I use more mids it gets kind of ordinary bass sound a little bit similar to fender precision...
    Or should probably try a 15" Cab in addition to the 12" cab..?

    Can anyone help with ideas on the EQs and presets or anything else that you think could help to get teh sound..?
  14. The Regulator

    The Regulator

    Aug 10, 2005
    Saw them 2 days ago and their current bassist David Case was using a G&L L-2000, GK 2001RB and a GK 4x12 Neo Cab. He sounded great.