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how to get anthrax bass tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cliff em all, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. cliff em all

    cliff em all

    Jul 6, 2012
    hello everyone ive been listening to anthrax lately and i really love frank bellos bass sound i know he usually uses a fender but today when i was at the store i tried some fenders and squiers and none of them had his tone does anyone know why that would be? or what basses could i get his tone with?
  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Hmm.. not sure which albums you are listening on, but he used a ESP signature model with EMG's in the past. Now he plays a Fender signature model, but I can't find anything about it on their website. I think it got discontinued long time ago. Oh, almost forgot : He uses Sans Amp Bass Drive DI pedal now and then, so maybe that effects the sound you are looking for as well ;)
  3. Passive Jay

    Passive Jay

    Aug 17, 2012
    Their version of "Got the time" is one of my favorite songs, that bass line is ****ing awesome.
  4. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    Long Island
    Go on YouTube and search: Frank Bello Rig Rundown.

    You will see exactly what your looking for.
  5. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    Long Island
  6. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I love me some Hartke.
  7. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    He now uses ESP basses with EMG pups. He has his own signature model, and while it is quite expensive, it is very good. He also uses Heartke amps and cabs. Finally, he used to use Rotosound strings, but now uses D'Addarios.
  8. JoZac21


    Nov 30, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Slightly off topic, but...

    My father's name is Frank Bello... as a result, they've met and I used to get free Anthrax stuff growing up...
    BurgerFingers likes this.
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    FGrank was using Aerodyne style Fender Jazz basses if I remember correctly, but he was only with Fender for a short time he is now with ESP (At just under $1000 I would certainly not call it expensive) don't forget amplification, if you run through an Ampeg or such you'll have a very hard time getting his nice clean tone, he uses a Hartke, anything modern sounding will get close.

    (I hate to be that guy but...) Search this topic, there are several threads on the subject already, Frank Bello's tone is not secret magic.
  10. Play very hard and scoop the mids a bit.
  11. RickenCliff


    Aug 6, 2012
    St. Louis
    I know he uses Hartke amplification, which I think plays a big part in achieving his tone. On his amp, to get the 'overdrive' crunchy tone, I would say he cranked up the pre-gain, boosted highs and mids, that's my guess of it, He does have a killer bass tone. Best of luck to ya! :p
  12. RickenCliff


    Aug 6, 2012
    St. Louis
    Also, He uses basses with PJ style pickups; pretty much every bass I've seen him use has had that set-up

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