This is going to be a long one guys, so bear with me please! And by the way, I'm also posting this on Reddit, so if you want to see opinions over there, here is the link: A little background: Clifford Lee Burton was a bass player for the thrash metal band Metallica. He died in a tragic bus accident in 1986 when the bus slipped on black ice and fell on him. He was known for his unconventional playing style, wildly soloing on his bass like a guitar player, and he used a myriad of pedals to get his signature bass tone. List of his gear (note that this spans the first three albums of Metallica) Basses: Rickenbacker 4001 Burgundy Glo Alembic Spoiler (stolen) Aria Pro II SB 1000 Aria Pro II SB Black n' Gold (replaced his Rickenbacker, as he didn't think the Ric was good for the road) Effects Pedals (Note that this is all throughout Metallica's first three albums): Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi CS-2 BOSS Compressor Morley Tel-ray Power Fuzz Wah (some people say he used a Boost instead of Fuzz, but this is wrong) Ibanez TS808 (an overdrive pedal that sometimes replaced his Big Muff when he played live) Amps: Mesa Boogie D-180, 200 watt All Tube Bass Amplifier Mesa Boogie 4x12 Cabinet Peavey Mark IV Series 400 Bass Amp My Goal: To replicate and expand upon his sound. One of the major problems with his sound was that all of his pedals were made for guitar, not bass. This sucked the bass out of his tone, as the pedals weren't made to handle those low frequencies. I'm going to try to get all of the BASS versions of his gear. One of the things I would like is that there should be an option to configure the pedals in such a way to make it sound exactly like the guitar version, but this isn't strictly required for me to be satisfied. My Gear: Bass: A Hohner 5 string bass with Cliff's favorite brand strings (rotosound steels) (I'm trying to get a high quality 4 string bass, maybe a Ric 4003) Effects (I have questions for most of them which I will list after the gear): CS-3 BOSS Compressor Electro Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi Cliff Burton Tribute Series Power Fuzz Wah (modern fuzz setting) Ibanez TS9B (B is for Bass) All of the settings for the pedals (excepts for the TS9B) I'm going to use the settings that are on this amazing video that NAILS his tone, and this is the closest thing to his studio tone that I could find. Amp: Ampeg BA-108 bass amp all settings at 12 o'clock (I will try to get a more high quality bass amp, I have some pretty bottom line stuff when it comes to basses and amps) Alright, here come the questions! About the CS-3 Compressor: I've heard that it's not very good compared to the CS-2. Is it worth the extra 50$ for the CS-2? Also, is the CS-2 is compatible with bass? Again, I'm trying to get his tone but with a good low end. About my tribute wah pedal: There are two big differences between the original tel-ray and this updated tribute version that worry me. One, there is no tone knob for the fuzz, only intensity and level. Will this affect my tone? Two, the tribute version is an optical wah, which is unlike other Morely Wah Pedals. This gives me some sweep issues where the wah is concentrated in the middle. Any thoughts? I do NOT want to take it apart and mod it. Another separate issue I want to bring up is how the tribute's wah doesn't like to get along with separate fuzz boxes, so I've heard. Are there any solutions? I've also heard that you need a buffer or something like that. About the Ibanez TS9B: Cliff used a TS808. How different do they sound? Plus, I have no idea what the settings would be when he uses this live. What do you think? About my amp: I have Treble, Mids, and Bass knobs. What should their settings be? I don't know much about EQ. If you've made it this far, thank you for taking your time to read this, I really do appreciate it. If you could try to answer at least one of my questions that would be amazing!