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SLAP tone

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gregory Bruce Campbell, Mar 10, 2003.


  1. Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Apr 14, 2002
    Helena, MT U.S.A 59602
    BEE basses, Morley pedals
    Woods and pickup choices...

    In the quest to achieve a certain bass tone within a custom instrument...

    I will first tell you what I anticipate specifying...

    I plan to choose a bolt on over a neck through...

    I plan to choose maple and / or graphite over any other wood...

    I plan to contract Seymour Duncan BASSLINES to build a passive SMB-5

    And then have it applied to the quantity of strings I will have on my bass...

    I guess it would be called a SMB-9 HA!

    Anyway I have a range of tones in mind and wanted opinions about how close I am to making the choices work to achieve similar tonalities if you will, to the following players...

    Robert Trujillo (anything from Infectious Grooves)
    Flea (Focus on Mother's Milk by RHCP)
    Les Claypool (Focus on tones heard from Sailing the seas of cheese, and Frizzle fry)
    Tim from Rage against the machine (The first album)
     
  2. Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Apr 14, 2002
    Helena, MT U.S.A 59602
    BEE basses, Morley pedals
    More specifically does anyone know what basses, woods, and pickups were used by the artist for the albums listed above?
     
  3. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    1. didn't he use Tobias? maple/purpleheart neck-through, Bartolini, if my memory of pictures I saw of him at the time are right.

    2. That was the Spector album, right? maple neck-through, EMG

    3. For Les's bass info, check here: http://www.ctbasses.com/ -- he used the walnut 4-string on FF, and it and the 6-string fretless on StSoC I believe. Both neck-through, or at least set-neck.

    4. that would be a Stingray
     
  4. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    On Mother's Milk, Flea used a Euro Spector, with EMG pickups, a maple body, and neck through construction, like most Spectors.
     
  5. Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Gregory Bruce Campbell

    Apr 14, 2002
    Helena, MT U.S.A 59602
    BEE basses, Morley pedals
    I guess i'm confused because I just can't get that type of a tone out of a neck through body bass...

    Nor with Bartolinis...
     
  6. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    I could definitely be wrong about Trujillo, which is the only one w/ Barts.