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What overdrive pedal...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Mike M., Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    ...would best capture that bass sound on "Love Her Madly" by the Doors?

    I was bored last night, so I figured out the bass to that song and wow, what cool lines and I love that sound on the bass! It's great! Just the right amount of "grunt." Chances are the bass player was playing thru an overdriven amp, but I'm sure there's an overdrive pedal for bass that would help capture that flavor of overdrive.

  2. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    bk butler blue tube 903, pretty cheap used, good for some vintage tubeyness, plus you can sing through it, play organs through, and guitars too
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I have one had two can't say enough about these pedals it takes different tubes very well I put a vintage Amperex Bugle Boy in mine and it is incredible.
  4. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Cool! I'll have to check that one out. Thanks
  5. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    Elvis' bass player, Jerry Scheff played bass on that track. I would guess it was a P or J bass, flatwounds into the board, or whatever amp was in the studio...likey a B15 or similar. Some pics with Elvis show a P bass with foam under the strings at the bridge.
  6. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    That's the guy! I knew his first name was Jerry but I couldn't remember his last name. What a great player! I find I'm really diggin' on a lot of the older stuff these days. I'm kinda "going back" to try and improve these days.
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Doug Lubahn said that the Doors would record him direct and into a B-15, so that's not too big a stretch.
  8. Wow, never noticed how cool that bass line is, musically and tone wise. Love when you find a song you liked for years and suddenly hear the bass. I origianlly played guitar so I over looked a lot in my youth.
  9. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    if it's the Doors, wouldn't it be keyboards and not a bass guitar?
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Not on their albums past the first one. The Doors always had bass players on their albums.
  11. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    awesome bass playing as well, on ALL Doors songs after the first album. I beleive one or two songs on the first album have actual bass playing as well.
  12. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    cool. ya learn something everyday on talkbass! i'm going to have to re-visit the Doors catalog.
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  13. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I'll tell ya.....whenever I learn a song for church I always look for those spots where I can throw in "a bit of me" so to say. On "Love Her Madly" I wanted to try and learn Jerry Scheff's bass part note for note, phrase for phrase and feel for feel. WOW!!!! I think I have about a good 98% of it down (some spots are a bit hard to hear) and will admit that it took quite a bit of doing on my part to get it. Those bass lines just weave in SO good with the drums and keyboards. Can't help but wonder which of his bass lines were set and how much was done on the spot. Some of those "little things" that one could easily overlook are what really makes it.

    In short, I haven't fussed over a bass part in a song like this in years, wanted to see if I could do it and it proved to be a great learning experience learning from one of the masters. That bass part is quite a workout. Makes me want to hear a lot more of what Mr. Scheff has done thru his career....and it's a lot!
  14. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    Yeah, probably just a big old tube amp like a B15. It's hard to beat that tone for recording. Even though a B15 doesn't have the low-end punch that some of the solid state designs have, it has a lot of harmonic complexity and that round girth in the tone which more than makes up for the lack of slam that many low-powered tube heads lack.

    I'll have to check out the butler unit you referenced, the Sans Amp BDDI doesn't quite do it for me. My Genz Benz ShuttleMAX 6.0 has a tube channel (which I like and use) but it doesn't purr and growl quite like a tube head. It's more gnarly and snarly when pushed hard.

    Re toobz, Having just put Amperex Bugle Boy 12au7's in my stereo preamp in the upstairs 2-channel system, I know those aren't cheap, especially if it's a 12AX7. The NOS 12AX7's are rare and are getting pretty pricey.

    Modern JJ 12AX7's have a good amount of that ol' school thickness. I put a set in my mic preamp and they smoothed that suckah right out.
  15. spellcaster


    Mar 20, 2007
    Old thread but wanted to add that Jerry played through a Sunn 200s on the LA Woman album. Those amps have one 12ax7 in the pre. Doors1.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016
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  16. giglawyer

    giglawyer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    Project Ginger might also be an option if you can find one. Its an Ampeg b-12 emulator.