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How To Get A Noel Redding Bass Sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Shawn Marshall, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Shawn Marshall

    Shawn Marshall

    Oct 14, 2009
    Anyone Know Eq Setting For Noel Redding's Sound Or Old Sun Amp Sound
  2. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
    I got real close to that sound a couple minutes ago in the restroom.
  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    get an old Sunn. :smug:
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  4. I'm afraid I can't really help, but I am curious to know why would anybody want that tone. I think Noel Redding's tone is one of the worst tones I have ever heard. :ninja:
    (I think that cutting your highs completely might help)
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  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i saw Hendrix live a couple of times and i thought that he sounded pretty cool. it was kinda dark and distorted, but still pretty darn cool. it left plenty of room for Jimi's guitar to scream.
  6. Noel played a Hagstrom 8 string (paired) in the early days.
  7. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    His tone is quite different on different cuts and live vs. studio. I hear often a real nice Motown bottom nice mids but more treble than Motown.
    His tone on Crosstown Traffic is that roaring Rotosound round wound sound. Some of the studio cuts are Jimi. You might need an upgrade of your listening system if you think the tone on Manic Depression or Third Stone from the Sun is deficient. IMHO:)

    He had asked Entwistle what rig he should get. He said Fender Bass Rotos and Marshall 100w 2 4x12s. Later when he went to Sunns he had one of the cleaner Sunn 200s/2000s tones of the day. He did switch the JBLs for Altec 421As which could have been part of it.
    Compare with Jack Bruce's tone on Voodoo Child.
  8. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    You've got to get out in the room a tone that is clear in the highs with no brittle, warm fat lows that don't intrude on the highs. Almost scooped in some way but with cut through mids present.
    Dude put on a record and start experimenting with you eq. It's touch too remember. The Eq can get you there or keep you only there or make your amp able to get the tone your fingers produce.
  9. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    I believe it was Jack Cassady, not Jack Bruce, on Voodoo Chile.
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  10. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Get a 1965 Jazz Bass. (with a pick)
    Two Sunn 2000s amps, with 4 2x15 cabs.
    And a old curly cable.:D
  11. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
  12. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    My badness! Of course it was. Aren't all Jacks the same?
  13. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Noel Redding...

    Two words leap to mind: Mud Fart.

    He was a guitar player playing muddy bass stuff behind the greatest rock guitar player ever. BUT... if you gotta have his sound (for a tribute band or something), I'd say roll of the treble HARD, put flatwounds on your bass... Pump the mids/low mids and ad a touch of distortion.
  14. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Not trying to be an idiot here, but that wasn't
    Jack Cassady, it was Jack Casady. :p

    I know, I am an idiot today.

    To the OP, Noel was a great guy, but I think you can
    achieve better tone now than the stuff the 1960's
    offered the bassist community.
  15. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Sounds like you roll the tone knob down, then turn the amp volume up well into speaker fart territory. No offense to Noel.
  16. KPAX

    KPAX Banned

    Mar 22, 2005
    Haha. Good one!
  17. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Yeah, but he had really good hair.
    As I recall, that was one of the reasons Jimi selected him; he looked cool.
  18. xsubs

    xsubs Working Class Hero

    Jul 15, 2007
    NYC & Corcaigh, √Čire
    Endorsing Artist: Hiwatt Amplification & Rotosound Strings
    Jimi didn't select him... Chaz Chandler did.
  19. theavondon


    May 11, 2009
    I know this sounds "bad" to most, but I think it's pretty cool. It just sounds massive. But, definitely roll off all treble possible.
  20. MutronIII


    Mar 13, 2002
    I'd much rather have Billy Cox's tone.
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