John Brown's Body: What's Giving the Bass This Killer Sound?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by borton6544, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. I'm a new fan of an old NY-based reggae band called John Brown's Body, and I'm wowed by how funky and cool their reggae style is. What a great band: no wonder Dave Matthews asked them to open for him!

    The bass player is killer. Big sound. Some of his tones are outright awesome. One in particular is heard on the songs "Make It Easy" and "New Blood" and "Searchlight." Deep, huge bass with a gritty, synthy overlay... occasionally with a touch of wah.

    Anyone know how he's getting this sound on these songs? Any suggestions on a pedal setup to duplicate this tone? I know how to get the deep bass sound: it's the gritty, synthy part I need help with... and I'm wondering if that's a synth played over the bass guitar. Thanks for any help you can provide!