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Stanley Clarke's setup on the SMV tour... including small Fender amps ???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Inconnu, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Hi !

    I was watching videos on Youtube of some performances of the SMV tour (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten). It looks like Stanley Clarke is using small Fender guitar amps, possibly Blues Juniors, in addition to his bass amps. Is that possible ? How can you run both without ruining the guitar amp's speaker ???
  2. MrDOS

    MrDOS Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Colorado Springs, CO
    With a crossover, the speakers are much less likely to get damaged. Also, if you keep the volume under control, a guitar amp will not self-destruct with a bass guitar.
  3. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Turn the guitar amp bass EQ off. This isn't a new technique, Chris Squire was doing it in 1968. And as Stanley's undoubtably doing it to add grunge he might not be rolling the bass off totally. You can't use a guitar combo with bass if you want a clean tone, but if you want it dirty it works just fine.
  4. then there is also that Stanley is a madmn when it comes to gear. He has had a different rig everytimer I saw him. And weird. Like the plexiglas speaker he had once.
    After watching a video of SMV I thought MM and Stanley had by FAR the best tone. Wooten sounded like fart city. Stanley sounded like he had verb on his bass?

    ps. John Paul Jones has been known to play though a twin in addition to his bass amp.
  5. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    John Paul Jones runs a Bad Cat Black Cat amp along with an SWR SM-900.
  6. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    If he's playing the picolo bass, a guitar amp makes perfect sense. At one time his picolo bass amp was a Music Man HD-130 212, their version of a Twin Reverb.

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