Jason newsteads tone on Garage Days revisited

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by wolfkeller, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    I have always wondered what amp/cab/pedal Jason used for his crushing tone on this. Stuff like CCIBS, small hours, man, so heavy.
    I know alot about gear and have used alot of stuff, his tone was overdriven but not at all fuzzy. I know he uses Aria basses, (possible Cliff's) but nothing specific on what he used for that.

  2. ERicks


    Feb 22, 2014
    I don't know anything for certain; it's really hard to find stuff related to what Jason used back then, but I think he probably used his Warmoth PJ bass (the one he's holding on the cover, maybe with EMGs by then) and/or BC Rich Eagle with a GK head and Ampeg 8x10...it's possible that he might have used one of Cliff's Arias as he's got it for the photoshoot, but his technique and attack is so different than Cliff's that it's really hard to tell sonically. He talks about his stuff a little bit in this video, around 4:45.

    Since they recorded the EP a few months after the end of the tour for Master of Puppets, it makes sense to me that they would've used something close to his live rig in the studio. It's also totally possible that he used some of Cliff's Mesa gear to track with as well. I remember seeing scans of Flemming Rasmussen's notes from the studio during the tracking of AJFA that mentioned Jason using the GK head on that album even, but I think I read in an old Guitar Player article or something that he used a Steinberger bass to track all that stuff. Wish there was more info out there on this, Jason's tone is truly killer on this EP.
  3. CentralCoastBass

    CentralCoastBass Guest

    Feb 4, 2004
    There is a pic of him with one of the old Arias inside, but none of his lines sound like they were recorded with one to my ears. I've always assumed it was recorded with the PJ. I guess I'd like to know too!
  4. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    I'm pretty sure he used one of Cliff's Aria SB Black n Gold basses as pictured in the album sleeve. The tone does sound like an SB played aggressively with a pick to me. I have several SBs and have gotten pretty close to it.
  5. AnalogKid4003


    Jul 8, 2012
    I don't have much input here but it would make sense that he would play one of cliffs arias to keep the tone similar..
    And I would like to add how lucky we were to hear Newsteads chops on GD before being burried for the follow up Ajfa
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