What Effects did Ben Shepherd of soundgarden use

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by sk8inbassist17, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. the title says it.

    i have been listening to soundgarden allot lately and i was wondering if anyone knew what gear (amps, basses, effects etc..) he used was.

    thanks in advance.
  2. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Hmm, the only effects I remeber on any Soundgarden songs were on "My Wave" there was some type of wah effect. Not sure what, but he was verrrry sparce with effects.
  3. i know he had an overdrive of some sort, it sounds like it on spoonman...maybe he's just overdriving the amp though...
  4. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    I know this is pretty early in his career playing in Soundgarden, but in the "Maxxed Out!" March '93 issue of Bass Player his only effect is a ProCo Rat dictortion pedal, which he used on "Searching (With My Good Eye Closed".) He's quoted as saying, "I pluck the strings on the headstock to make it sound like a piano; that's the only part I use the Rat on."

    Basses at that time were two '72 Jazzes (one purchased as a shell and outfitted with Duncans and a BA bridge) and amplification was a Mesa/Boogie 400B head, two Mesa/Boogie Strategy 500 stereo power amps with a third as a backup, a Peavey CS 1200 power amp crossed over for lows, running into four 4x10 and four 2x15 Mesa/Boogie cabs.
  5. thanks, thats kool to know.

    yea the distortion sound in one eye closed sounded like a rat at the very end.
  6. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC

    Interesting, I thought in the Badmotorfinger days he used Peavey amps/cabs like Chris and Kim. I'll have to listen to "Good Eye" for that part now.

    I read an interview some years back, don't recal where or in what. But When the band started using Mesa equitment he had 400+ and M-2000 amp heads. I think he used every cab they ever made.

    He used any combination of basses, however favored Fender P's then later J's. He also used Mosrite and Vox. He strung all his basses with Dean Markley flats.

    He mostly used his fingers, but there are time's where he did use a plectrum.

    As far as effects he had a Dunlop (if i'm not mistaken) wah and a Mesa V-twin that he would change the settings on on every song give or take. So he would overdrive, distort or just get big tubey (not that he needed it because of the 400+) sounds out of that thing.

    That's the best I know. Cheers.