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Steve Harris

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Lewi_wilko, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    Hey, ive been listening to allot of my Maiden cd's recently and i realy love the sound which Steve has got going on. I was just wondering what equipment he uses? All i know is he uses a fender precision (dont know what kind though) and some form of flatwound string. I'd like to know all of it please including amps, effects, pickups etc.

  2. Well at the time he ONLY uses custom Precision basses. Replicas were up for sale like two years ago but sadly not anymore :(. Mainly any good Precision bass will doo to get his sound. I'm not sure about his other equipment though.

    He really is an awesome bassist. I can't help but be in awe from time to time when listening to what he's playing. Very fast, very unique. He is the bassist that inspired me to start playing bass.
  3. You need a Precision, Flats, Light touch, and loads of metal in ya!
  4. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    is the light touch how he gets that kind of rattle/clank sound? ive noticed that im some maiden songs and it sounds realy good.
  5. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    He uses his signature Rotosound Flatwound strings, they are ver ygood, I ahve them on my fretless. Since the strings are a custom gauge (heavier than normal) I'd assume he has his action lowered...which causes the rattle and clank!
  6. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I have nothing to add except Steve Harris is AWESOME. That is all.
  7. HarrisIsGod


    Sep 1, 2005
  8. Scroller


    Jul 16, 2005
    Granted, in order to play most Harris lines a "light touch" is essential for mortal (meaning me) bass players but man oh man, when I watch him play those lines it looks like he's pounding the s*!t out of those strings...AND most of the time he furiously plucks closer to the bridge where tension is highest. Even a relatively straightforward line such as "The Trooper" takes a toll trying to keep that gallop smooth and even...talk about a carpal tunnel tendonitis inducer :eek:...I don't know how he does it...
  9. Well you need a Fender P with Seymore Duncan 1/4 Pounders, you also need his sig strings or any heavy strings, theyre heavy strings so it will help you get that clank. You also nee d to hit the strings hardly almost like slapping only lighter, thats how he gets that sound.
  10. remo


    Jan 15, 2005
    i know this has been debated to death but I'm certain he uses 3 fingers to play..
  11. No, he only uses 2..so says Steve himself on Maidens website.
  12. If you look on Rock in Rio in Hallowed Be Thy Name he's deffinatly playing with 3 fingers.
  13. He uses 3 fingers on some songs.
  14. So who am I arguing with and what is it about?
  15. I guess you're arguing about how many fingers he uses, which is off topic.
  16. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Who gives a damn about how many fingers he use?

    Seriously, i can play anything i've heard from play with maiden with 2fingers... there's nothing impressive speedwise at all... i use 3fingers now and that's because i'm more into billy sheehan stuff which actually is fast...

    Steve Harris is a great bassist and songwriter which in my opinion deserves much more attention than how many fingers he uses..
  17. He does not use three fingers. Its a done and dusted issue. He does appear to use three fingers when you watch video but he simply does not do it..
    I don't know how he does keep up the stamina but he does.
    The secret to the Harris technique is a light touch. To play faster play lighter. Something that fusion master Gary Willis also expounds.
  18. Off topic or Off-topic?
  19. Anyone who can play Run To The Hills with two fingers perfectly in time has great technique. I think Harris fudges it at times anyway.
  20. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    don't we all? :p