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LEMMY bass tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Julien63000, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    What do you think of lemmy bass tone on the classic ace of spades album ? It seems like there’s so much more goin on than just cranking the mids. I hear like 2 or three sounds mixed as one (one dry,one wet,one for the bass) . Best tone on earth IMO . So what do you think is done on the producing/recording to achieve this classic Motörhead bass tone ?
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  2. Ale C

    Ale C

    Dec 25, 2018
    Honestly as much as I enjoy Motorhead, I've never loved Lemmy's bass tone.
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  3. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi Julien63000 :)

    Subbed! Because I dig Motörhead and Lemmy :thumbsup:

    Or to say it with Lemmy's words: …. maybe not the best, but definitively the loudest! :smug:

    may the bass be with you

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  4. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    Subbed too man ! Keeping Motörhead alive \m/ well it’s a really hard sound to emulate IMO . Way harder than his modern tone was which was really cranked mid range and distortion
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    "Best tone on Earth"??!! Best for Motorhead. Terrible for almost everything else.

    I wouldn't dwell too much on the bass sound on Ace Of Spades. There's a lot less going on there than you think.
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  6. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    Well you got me :) I love this style though . I don’t know man The more I listen to it the more I think there’s a lot going on in studio processing and stuff like that
  7. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    Well it’s not your basic P bass sound you hear everywhere else that’s for sure lol
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  8. cholyoke

    cholyoke Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Rubber City
    He said some bits about what he uses about halfway through this interview:


    A Ric, Two marshall stacks with 4x15 and 4x12 cabs, no effects. Lots of volume. The chords he used probably also do quite a bit towards sounding different than everything else.

    Everything louder than everything else!
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  9. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    Thank for this interview ! His gear would cost as much as a new car lol . Basically he put a thunderbird pickup in the neck position of his Ricky circa the 70’s . Do you think that affected his sound much ?
  10. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Absolutely. Night and day difference.
  11. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    Are you being ironic ?
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  12. DiscoRiceJ


    Oct 15, 2018
    Terrible? Mid grind ala Lemmy's tone works for a lot of heavy music. What doesn't work for a lot of heavy music is mid scooped. Sometimes it does, like Big Black and others, but for the most part it gets lost amidst full stacks. There's a practical dominance of Lemmy like tone on dBeat bands. But sure it doesn't work for most things, but when it does it works well.
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  13. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    I couldn’t have said it better !
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  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    No. That Thunderbird pickup completely changed how that bass sounded.
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  15. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    It sure made some differents . The rick+thunderbird pups seem to work well together
  16. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Everything louder than everything else!
  17. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Worked for him.

    Wouldn’t get me any gigs.
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  18. Greyvagabond

    Greyvagabond Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    It really is all about the volume. Just cracked Marshall bass amps. IIRC, those Marshall tone stacks aren't active, so he isn't "adding" any mids; its probably just a result of massive gain/volume, chords, and the speaker cabs being mid-forward that makes it seem that way.

    To ape a similar tone, I've used a SansAmp Paradriver with a big boost at around 2-3k and drive at 1 O'Clock. Then grab a pick and play some chords!

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  19. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    From the horses mouth...
  20. Julien63000


    Feb 19, 2018
    IT´S A CLASSIC \m/ I’m wondering if a Marshall vba 400 would get me in his territory though .

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