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Signature sound

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Theonestarchild, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. Theonestarchild

    Theonestarchild Artfully lost

    Aug 23, 2005
    North Carolina
    I was wondering, in watching tapes of Billy Sheehan, how he gets his bass to sound like that in the lower range. It's kind of like a sick train coming out of a tunnel sound and I'd like to replicate it. A good look at the solo I'm talking about is http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7123164409752792753&q=sheehan&pl=true
    I'd like the sound he gets on any of the low notes, but especially the low E, and when he hits the hipshot, low D. If you could help me out, that would be killer. Anyone help me out?
  2. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    He's basically just playing overdriven with just a P bass pickup. Tweak a little reverb and bingo, you should have his sound.
  3. Theonestarchild

    Theonestarchild Artfully lost

    Aug 23, 2005
    North Carolina
    I'll try it. Thanks.
  4. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    A big part of his sound is the DiMarzio "The One" pickup.
    If you look on his equipment page (http://www.billysheehan.com/gear.html) you'll see that all of his Yamaha Attitude basses have one in the neck position right at the end of the fingerboard. It's cleverly hidden underneath a pickup cover that matches the pickguard. It's my understanding that Mike Watt also likes this pickup very much and has had it installed in several of his basses.
    IMO, to truly nail the low end of Billy Sheehan's sound you have to have one of these. Somewhat of a PITA though because you have to route into the body.

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