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Tony Levin growl

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by sonicblue62, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Buenos días bass brethren,
    Aside from (what I presume to be) his bowed NS upright and his wickedly talented chops, what else might Tony Levin be using in his signal chain to achieve the sweet, snarly, guttural growl that starts at approximately 6 minutes and 45 seconds into the following video?

    I know he likes the EHX bass Big Muff, but I wonder if there is anything else here. Thanks in advance!
  2. It almost sounds like he's using a bow and a decent helping of some sort of fuzz.

    Those glissandos are wicked but he seems to be getting up there in the register (or is that some sort of feedback sqeal?)A Whammy of sorts?
  3. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    He's just digging in hard with the bow sul ponticello on the NS upright, and occasionally playing gliss'd harmonics (sliding his finger up & down the string while touching it lightly, not pressing it down to the fingerboard). Don't think there's any overt outboard fuzz/distortion involved at all there...though I suppose he might have kicked some subtle dirt in just to emphasize the grit that occurs naturally when you bow that way.
  4. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    That particular bit was actually his old Russian Big Muff. He didn't move to the Deluxe until just recently. BLS is what really got me into Levin! Great tune.
  5. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Yep, that's it.