How do you get Roger Glover sound?

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  1. Danny McGinn

    Danny McGinn

    Apr 25, 2017
    How do you get that Roger Glover tone?
     
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    Rickenbacker through the biggest baddest tube amp you can find (I would think, not sure about that latter half). Probably used pedals too? Subbed to find out. :)
     
  3. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
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    And a pick. ;)
     
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm guessing the perfect hat might help too.
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  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    What have you tried so far? One approach is to learn his songs by ear and try to make your bass sound like his bass. Another approach is to take lessons with a teacher who excels in this style.

    Is there a particular song you are wondering about?
     
  6. Danny McGinn

    Danny McGinn

    Apr 25, 2017
    I consider myself to play bass pretty well. I just love his tone on space trucking. I thought he put fender jazz pickups in his Rick.
     
  7. Danny McGinn

    Danny McGinn

    Apr 25, 2017
    I do also play with my fingers, geezer style. I never knew how to capture true bass feel with a pick.
     
  8. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    What do you have to work with in terms of basses, amps, effects, etc.?

    Have you learned to play Space Truckin yet?

    Have you considered taking a few lessons with a pick specialist, to fill that gap in your skill set? I believe Roger Glover is fluent in both finger and pick styles.
     
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  9. Danny McGinn

    Danny McGinn

    Apr 25, 2017
    I have a full stack and pedalboard. A boss bass overdrive, blues driver, ds-1, fuzz pedal. I have a fender jazz and aerodyne bass and a g&l L2500
     
  10. Badwater

    Badwater

    Jan 12, 2017
    This and a lot of talent.

     
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  11. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    He used Roto 77 flats and his Ric had the .0047 cap inline with the bridge pup which was standard of Rics of the era. He used Marshall amp and cab. Of course modern Ricks have totally different pups now, but the vintage tone circuit gets you close. The mods he had done by adding in different pups was after Made In Japan.
     
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  12. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    That's why I became a bass player. Nothing cooler than that hat!

    Note the Sgt Pepper patch on his jacket sleeve.
     
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  13. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Texas
    Or this:


    Or what you have + talent + a GOOD Peavey Foundation(as-used on the early tours) which are sometimes referred to as a Fender Jazz on steroids and more indestructible IMO. Even Blackmore liked it and swapped with Glover on at least one song:
    BlackmoreWithPeaveyFoundation.jpg

    Sounds like Glover has his bass set up like Geddy's(so close you get fret noise when playing):




     
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  14. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    Try Napster.
     
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  15. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    bandanas, man... bandanas...

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  16. Danny McGinn

    Danny McGinn

    Apr 25, 2017
    Why did he give up a Rickfor a viger?
     
  17. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Texas
    They seem like a 2017 version of a Peavey Foundation(maple board, solid build, single coil large pickups) with 24 frets, 3 band EQ, and a few other nice touches. Don't like the truss adjustment at the body end of the neck but Roger has a tech for 40+ years and probably doesn't have to deal with that. Bass weighs 7.9 lbs.
    Details of Excess Roger Glover Original - Vigier

    Probably a lot more stable/consistent and road-worthy compared to a Ric.
    There's an 80's Peavey Foundation here at the local high school that I maintain for them that has been through hell and back(summer practices in 100+ heat, left in band trailer, rained on, dropped, strings over-tightened, etc) and is still extremely playable and sounds great....it made me buy a couple of them. A Ric would be destroyed by now if subject to similar treatment.

    PS: Band directors have me on the "First to Buy It" should they ever want to sell it for a newer bass that doesn't "look all beat up".

    Maybe I should buy new basses and let local school bands "relic them" for a year or 2 and then sell them as "relic'ed" ???
     
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  18. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    He said he never really like the tone of his Ric (he had two, the Jetglo one and a Fireglo one as well)
     
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  19. Max Blasto

    Max Blasto

    Nov 29, 2010
    San Diego
    Like Geddy, Roger has been in the game a long time and therefore his sound has changed over the years.

    The old MIJ sound was a Pick, a Rick, and an overdriven Marshall. During his Rainbow days he started with a modified Thunderbird, and moved into Preavey. With DP reformed he started with Peavey and now uses Vigier. His amps changed over time too.

    He now hates his Rick tone and laughs whenever anyone brings it up. Kinda like Geddy.
     
  20. JKB1957

    JKB1957

    Jul 18, 2015
    In the day, Rickenbacker and lots and lots of Marshall stacks. Today, that plus add ear protection. On "Made in Japan: you can hear Ian Gillian, I believe, ask the sound man to, "make everything louder, then everything else." That kind of sums up how to get the Deep Purple sound. Keep the groove.
     
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