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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by unix, Dec 24, 2007.
does anybody know what kind of basses richard bona uses? i i realli like the shape.
A passive Fodera Emperor II I think, with Epifani amps
Nice and cheap setup really
And a Pensa Fretless and a new New York Bass boutique 5 string that he used on the recent tour.
He's got a ton of stuff, but then a lot of people just send him stuff. I've seen him with no telling ho many different brands.
If he doesn't play one of his Fodera's, then he could be playing one of these:
Bona doesnt seem to mind a bit of Glockenklang....
Richard Bona Signature Fodera
Eden and SWR speakers
I think his signature Fodera is actually an Imperial.
I think he often takes a Walter Woods amp with him on tour and hires in a couple of 4x10 cabinets.
Last year here in the Netherlands he was playing on Aguilar.
Here is some of this concert in Tivoli, Utrecht.
On the concert DVD with Mike Stern he plays a Fodera (Emperor, I think) through a Roland V-Bass system. Sounds wonderful.
Bona's Fodera is a Imperial 5
+1... there is a 'Bona Signature' model listed on the Austin Bass Traders site, if you want a close look at the woods, etc.
Bona's Fodera is unusual in that it has the old style Bartolini soapbars, and he disconnected the pre and runs totally passive. He also has a mid trigger installed.
I assume all the gear listed above is just backline provided by the venue. His 'personal' rig (i.e., that he uses around NY when he's schlepping his own rig), at least until recently, is a 'stereo' Walter Woods Elektracoustic amp run into an Epifani 112 cab.
Sounds like he uses whatever...much like Leland Sklar. Gear Whore!
In Bona's case, I think it's different. Most who are 'freelancer' type players who travel a lot rarely bring their own rigs. Usually, you have a list of 5-6 rigs that are acceptable and the venue, producer, agent, sound company, etc. will just supply one of those rigs based on availability. Since Bona plays large enough venues that I would assume virtually always have front of house PA's, the backline rig becomes nothing more than a personal monitor, so as long as it's in the general tone area of his primary personal rig (in Bona's case, reasonably clean and transparent SS heads with a full range cab with tweeter), he will probably be happy!
When he's schlepping his own gear, he seems quite consistent (again, as far as I know) in using the WW/Epifani rig.
This is similar to most freelancers who use their own rigs in town, and take whatever they can get on the road. If you are a player at my level, that ends up being a beat up SWR Workingman's head with an old Hartke cab more often than not. Bona seems to be more in the 'Glockenkglang' backline universe, which he should be given his amazing talent and success
Tell me about it. 'House rig' normally means 'local fire hazard.' I'm glad Bona gets to use some decent gear when he's travelling.
Bona is currently using Glockenklang amplification.
as someone who works for a national, colorado based pro-sound/backline company, i can assure you that regardless of the size of the band, you rarely see people with their own gear (amps, drums, keys) for short, away-from-home tours, one-off gigs, and festivals.
we have supplied full stage setups for everyone from bon jovi, to mmw, to christian mcbride, to many festivals around the country (snowmass/aspen, telluride jazz, blues and brews, and bluegrass festivals, high sierra music fest, transgression, etc).
it is cheaper for the pat metheny band (ny based) to do a ten day tour of the west coast with rented gear than to drive a tractor-trailer out and back.
richard also endorses roland amps.
That's right, I knew I had read about his amplifier endorsment somewhere.
Wow, that's surprising. I would have thought that classic rock guys would be the most concerned about using their own amps. It's not like BJ can't afford to shift them.