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No Rain - Blind Melon. That tone.

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by rlb8987, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. rlb8987


    Nov 6, 2014
    Fair Haven, NY
    Hi all,

    I play in a band that’s covering lots of 90s alternative/pop/rock songs, one of which is No Rain by Blind Melon. It’s a fun song to play, but the more I listen to the original recording the more I’ve tried to figure out how the bassist gets that tone. I know he’s playing through a jazz bass but beyond that I’m at a loss. Any suggestions?
  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Just going from my memory -- it's been a while since I have heard that song on a good sound system -- I'd say favor the neck pickup and pluck close to the neck.
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  3. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
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  4. rlb8987


    Nov 6, 2014
    Fair Haven, NY
    That was a great thread, thanks. Lots of really good info.
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  5. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    /good deed for the day
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  6. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I remember covering that song back in the day and digging that whole album, basically because of Brad Smith. Great tone and a great player.
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  7. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    I have a P/J that copped that tone with stainless steel strings in middle position.
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  8. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Wondered this myself recently. Seems like played with a pick on the recording.

    From Blind Melon - No Rain | Wiki @ Ultimate-Guitar.com

    Brad Smith Brad used his Fender '69 Jazz Bass with EMG pickups.
    Brad run his Jazz Bass through a tube direct box and a '70s Ampeg SVT miked with an EV-PL20.

    Amp settings
    • Gain - 1
    • Treble - 4
    • Mids - 4
    • Bass - 1
    • Volume - 8-9
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  9. rlb8987


    Nov 6, 2014
    Fair Haven, NY
    I’m actually looking at getting a PJ at the moment. Will be interesting to see how it sounds!
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  10. rlb8987


    Nov 6, 2014
    Fair Haven, NY
    Wow, good info. Unfortunately I have none of that gear! Haha.
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  11. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Active pickups would help. Use a pick just below the neck. I just tried a Stingray 4HH and a 5 string with EMG soapbars. Trim back on the bridge pickup. I have nickel rounds on them.

    Fun song.
  12. Major_Rager_4MF


    Aug 8, 2017
    Isolated bass track
  13. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    As I mentioned, I have a PJ that copped that tone, and it sounds like the EMGs in his jazz bass duplicates the thickness of a P pickup. It's been a long time since I've heard the tune, but I never noticed the slight fuzz.
  14. pglaser01


    Mar 19, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    If only I were that good....
    Definitely top 2 hardest songs I had to sing when I was vocalist of a 90s alternative group....it’s a unique voice to say the least.
  15. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    After listening to the isolated bass track posted above, to me, there’s nothing remarkable about that tone. It sounds like a Jazz Bass with new round wound strings. I can easily get that tone with my stock Squier Affinity Jazz V.
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