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SansAmp Question

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Flatwound, Sep 29, 2001.


  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I'm a huge Billy Sheehan fan, although his tone wouldn't work for most of what I do. Also, I like my old SVT-IIP preamp a lot, and I'm not sure that the SVP-BSP would give me the clean sounds I like. So what I'm wondering is this: Could I approximate Billy's tone by using the Sansamp Bass Driver DI? In other words, could I use the blend knob on the BDDI to just put a little crunch/drive in with my clean tone?

    I know it can be done, but can it sound anything like BS? Billy, that is, not Barbra Streisand. ;)
     
  2. actually if you look at the diagram on the SVP-BSP the gain knob on the overdrive chanel controls the overdrive, the gain knob on the clean chanel controls the volume going into the preamps so it is good for clean. If you want extra crunch in your signal I suggest the Sans Amp PSA-1 it cost as much as the SVP-BSP and it's very cool all arround.
     
  3. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    If you want alittle bit o crunch behind your sound on the sansamp... Turn up the overdrive a bit... be carefull with the overdrive... b/c if you aren't.. you may thin out your sound if you don't have enough bass or too much treble...
     
  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Thanks, guys. So do you think I can get a sort of Billy Sheehan-ish tone from it or not?
     
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Who's Billy Sheehan?
     
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Are you serious?

    If you are, he's one of the bass virtuosos, best known as the bassist in Mr. Big, and played with some of the best, including Vai etc. Check out his stuff with Niacin - nice.

    http://www.billysheehan.com/
     
  7. His tone is tricky, Lots of lows and a stereo pickup thing, but of the tools around I would vote Sansamp as a good start, I was messing with them this weekend. Good variety of useful tones. But it can get thin if your not careful with the controls.

    You have my vote. I hope you have a P bass or something else with a big pick up near the neck. As much as I like MM pick ups if your going for Billys tone I wouldn't expect to find it there easily
     
  8. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Yes, I'm using a Precision. I'll have to check out the Sansamp. It's kind of hard, because the closest place is Guitar Center and you can't hear yourself over the shredmonsters. I'll try to go in the daytime, though, when it's less crowded.

    I think Munj was maybe joking, although I'm not sure I get it.

    I LOVE Billy's stuff, particularly with Niacin.
     
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
     
  10. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL