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Steve Harris's amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sk8terguy316, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Well I am in the market for a new amp and after listening to (Stranger in a strange land) (Powerslave) (Blood on the worlds hands) I know I love his clean tone I know he usses Trace but does anyone know exactly which type of Trace he uses all help appreciated
  2. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Here is a list of his equipment that defines his sound.

    Fender Precision bass guitars with mirrored pickguards,
    Bad Ass II bridges and Seymour Duncan SPB1 Pick-Ups

    Trace Elliot GP12X pre-amps

    DBX 160 compressor

    C-1 audio FR707 amplifiers

    Custom Marshall 4x12" cabinets fitted with EVM 12L speakers

    That work for ya?
  3. Not sure but I think it' Seymour Duncan SPB-3 he's using. Don't know about the amp, sorry
  4. basspunk2005

    basspunk2005 Guest

    Jan 31, 2005
    this is very basic, but he uses a trace head, into marshall 4x12s(it has it on the marshall website) and he has seymour duncan spb3s the quarter pounders, and not the spb1s hope thats of some help
  5. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Y'all are wrong. It's the mirrored pickguard that is the secret to his tone. Everything else...smokescreen :ninja:
  6. shirtforbrains


    Sep 5, 2005
    he uses flat wounds as well. monster player to play like that with flats.
  7. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Not to get off the forum track here, but I believed he used SD SPB-2's originally.

    Fender released his bass with the SPB-3's though.

    I have both in different P basses and the SPB-2's have the low end of the SPB-3 QP's, just not the clicky highs. You can get enough high's out of your fingers if you play with authority and dig right in there.
  8. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Not just any flats mind you, but Rotosound flats in a standard gauge. Very tight strings and not the smoothest of the bunch.
  9. Sorry to steal your thread but a little bit addition:
    From what's written on the box: "Rotosound Steve Harris custom flatwound SH77 "Standard Gauge" 50, 75, 95, 110"
    Wov.. 50 is it standard gauge for flatwounds? It seems extra heavy to me

    And from "A real live one" booklet: "...and Seymour Duncan custom SPB1 pick-ups" but in www.seymourduncan.com his name is on SPB-3 users... Probably none of them, it's custom wound I guess...

    One thing I'm sure about his amp, it goes to eleven :D
  10. protoz


    Nov 30, 2000
    I was thinking of getting some Harris flats when I bought mine but I was used to 45-105 strings and just stucks to the 77's

    The mirror pick guard is where the power comes from, his amps aren't even on anymore it's all the mirrors
  11. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Jesus! Just leave it! 4 posts wasted completly on a typo! This is a bout his amp/cab setup, not the pups and his pickguard! I found that info on Steve's website. He asked what Trace he used an I replied that he uses the GP12X. :scowl:
  12. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I agree.
    Its the mirrored pickguard without a doubt...

    The closest in tone is the Gold Anodized.. but it seems to have even more treble.
  13. It's got to be the mirrored pickguard! If you try to achieve Steve Harris' tone with a 3-ply b/w/b or w/b/w or one of those minty pickguards, the Gods of Metal (TM) with beat you with a baseball bat and slather your broken soul with peanut butter.... :D
    conrad H likes this.
  14. By the way...here's his equipment from the last interview I read:

    * 4 Fender Precision bass guitars with mirrored scratchplates, Bad Ass II bridges and Seymour Duncan custom SPB1 pick-ups
    * 4 Sony WRT 27 wireless transmitters
    * 2 Raycom/Sony WRR 37 receivers
    * Peter Cornish custom switching system
    * Trace Elliot GP12X pre-amps
    * 1 DBX 160 compressor
    * 2 C-1 audio FR707 amplifiers
    * 8 Custom Marshall 4x12" cabinets fitted with EVM 12L speakers
    * 3 Korg WT-12 tuners
    * Rotosound jazz bass flat wound strings
    * Spares: Electronic preamps, Carver PM 1-5 and PM1200 power amps
  15. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Thank you! Finally someone who knows where I'm coming from. Thanks xsogol.
  16. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Be sure to run out and get that Peter Cornish custom switching system.
  17. The Anodized Gold pickguard is really good for blues :smug:
  18. Any time, Unchain...I collect info like that...just in case!

    Hey...if you don't have it, your tone will = snot and Steve Harris will come to your house and trash your rig for being inferior...run to the hills!!!
  19. You are right, the question was about his amp but I just wanted to correct an info that seemed wrong to me. It's common to see threads containing more than its first starting subject. I thought that people reading this thread, who are into 'Arry's stuff, would probably be interested in his pickups too. If you don't care, just don't read it.
  20. You better be interested in ALL of 'Arry's stuff or else he'll come to your house, put one foot up onto your rig and start thrashing your house to smithereens!