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The cure bass sound.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by derrick007, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. derrick007


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas Texas
    I got a Boss bass overdrive pedal, and am disapointed with it. I was looking for more of the sound of the bass on The Cures Killing an Arab, or Fascination Street, the cool kind of subtle distortion. Any ideas.
  2. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    I always felt flanger was more of the Cure tone than any drive pedals
  3. Yep and\or a Chorus. Don't forget the pick for Fascination St!
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  4. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    Got to be careful with the Cure, Smith played a fender bass VI, so the bass isn't always the bass. ;)
  5. I'm also trying to get a sound close to the cure... It is hard with a stingray, I want more of a "hollow" sound, to say it somehow...
  6. hey yeah I've been trying for a few years and have gotten very close using the same pedals as simon :D

    I'm using a BF-2 Flanger, CE-5 Chorus Ensemble and a DD-3 Delay. It is a very Cure sound, especially from the Head On The Door era.
    He uses the Boss MT-2 for distortion (Screw?).
    He also uses Rotosound strings..if that matters.
  7. jugoziithouu


    Jun 15, 2008
    There are MANY The Cure sounds

    In Fascination Street simon used roberts fender bass vi...

    In killing an arab im pretty sure you dont need a distortion pedal at all

    Maybe if ur covering something from the album Pornography...

    Here's his board ;)


    BF-2 Flanger, CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, Boss GEB-7, MT-2 Distortion, DD-3 Digital Delay and NS-2 Noise Suppressor.

    I read in an interview that he scooped the mids with his GEB-7 so that might help :)
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  8. I would be looking at an SVT and chorus pedal for his main overall sound.
  9. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    I actually nailed the Fascination Street tone with a CE-5 and an MXR M80 of all things. Strangely, said feat was completely unplanned.
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  10. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Am I missing something because I don't see a GEB-7 anywhere.
  11. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    I was going to say the same thing, actually. :bag:
  12. genderblind


    Oct 21, 2004
    Simon played a Stingray on many Cure songs...
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  13. genderblind


    Oct 21, 2004
  14. derrick007


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas Texas
  16. fireincairo


    Jul 8, 2008
    I tend to agree, they've had a number of bassists over the years. All of them unique and talented. I'm gonna say you need a flanger, though, and set it to a slow roll. I was just messing around this morning and came across some very Curesque tones with a slow flange setting.
  17. genderblind


    Oct 21, 2004
    I am curious to know who you think played bass on Cure records besides Simon and very occaisionally Robert and the upright on "Love Cats". Where is this info coming from?

    "Fascination Street" was a Stingray, probably the black one Simon has had for years. Stingrays are capable of a wide range of tones if a player is up to the challenge of exploration.
  18. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Let's not forget Michael Dempsey. :smug:
  19. derrick007


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas Texas
    Do you guys think that a boss LMB3 limiter/enhancer, and a boss ODB3 bass overdrive would be a fair trade for boss MT2 and boss BF2 or BF3? both pedals are in brand new condition, perfect working order, with the LMB3 at about 5 hours of use, and the ODB3 at about 20 hours, both with their boxes and manuals, and the GC receipt to prove how recently they were purchased. I would be going through a small, honest local music shop, not guitar center who would def rip me off. a trade such as this would be ideal.
  20. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Even a small local "honest" shop has to turn a profit, or they will go out of business. Therefore you can't get "new value" trading in used goods, no matter how lightly used. You're better off selling the pedals to a private party (TB classifieds, Ebay, Craigslist) and using the money to buy the pedals you want.

    On the subject of the basses shown in the videos, it has always been very common for video producers to have the band "play" cool-looking instruments for the video shoot, completely regardless of what instrument was played when the track was actually recorded.

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