Justin Chancellor tone with thunderbird

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dylan0248, May 29, 2020.

  1. Dylan0248


    May 29, 2020
    Hi new to this page and playing bass played guitar for quite awhile.

    So I recently got a Epiphone thunderbird pro with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers and immediately started to learn tool songs, I have a 400rb and gk 410 glx and I am trying to get a justin Chancellor tone, I always wanted a thunderbird but am now realizing that might not be the right bass for the tone I'm trying to get. I just wanted some recommendations,
    Would I be able to get near that tone with this setup?

    I've also seen alot of people recommending sansamp and I know he uses the gt2 would that be a better option rather than the ddi or vt?

    I also have a hot head distortion pedal I thought might help and also have guitar rig 5 I could maybe use for virtual effects?

    Sorry for all the questions hope they're not dumb but would really appreciate any advice.
  2. I feel like you could get close. Stainless steel strings would help. I like DR hi Beams.

    a sansamp into your GK would definitely get you close enough too. What do you feel his tone has that yours doesn’t?


    Apr 19, 2010
    There are some basic things you can do to make your tone more like JC's using your current gear; playing with a pick, pushing your midrange, etc. Adding the GT2 will give you his distorted tone like the intro to "H", but not his main tone. Probably the most important elements of his unique sound are Wal basses, and running separate clean and dirty channels plus a Demeter preamp. So if you really want his sound, it gets expensive fast.


    Apr 19, 2010
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