Wooten and Bailey on the Warwick Hellborg Rig

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by AmbosBass71, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. AmbosBass71


    Jun 30, 2008

    I shot this cool little video when I stumbled across Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey at the Warwick Booth at Summer NAMM 2008. Jonas Hellborg himself was giving them a tour of the rig, which sounded amazing. Just thought I'd share.
  2. quickervicar

    quickervicar Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Lancaster, PA
    Nice. While the mic on a camcorder doesn't do it justice, it sounds very....studio-like.
  3. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    The only disclaimer I would put on this is that regardless of the amp Victor is playing out of... It always sounds like Victor.

    I've never seen/heard him on anything other than a Fodera which I'm sure has a lot to do with that specific tonality, but I guarantee his hands are the largest contributing factor to his tone.
  4. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!! Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    That is some really good tone. The Hellborg is supposed to be transparent though, right? So it's all the Fodera?
  5. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA

    Wow--largesting? :bassist: Really?

    I tend to sound the same no matter what amp I'm playing through, too. I wish my 'same' was as good as the 'sames' of Victor and Jonas. :crying:
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I've always considered that a bit of a fallacy...that "transparent" thing. Everything in the signal chain imparts a tone.
  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    WOW! :bawl:

    That's what I get for trying to post while in a hurry huh :p
  8. AmbosBass71


    Jun 30, 2008

    Part II: After Nashville I ran into the same Hellborg backline at the Santa Barbara 311 show. P-Nut was rocking a 100% Hellborg Rig. I happened to have photo passes and I was literally propped up on the stage in front of the monitors, so I could get as close to his stage sound as possible. I have to say, again it sounded super sweet. I wouldn't call it transparent as it seems to have an uncanny way of defining lows/mids/highs without losing a really strong/big bottom end. Again, sorry for the compressed video on a digital camera, but it gives you an idea.

    Now if I can just save up the money! George Bush didn't even get me close to the preamp with my "economic stimulous" check!
  9. AmbosBass71


    Jun 30, 2008
    Man, even if this thing didn't produce massive sound I'd roll it in the living room and call it art!

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  10. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    sounds great, I wonder if Wooten knows who Hellborg is.
  11. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    I agree. Just like different towns have different tasting tap water.
  12. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006

    I've heard him on non-fodera basses. Still sounds like Vic. Vic got his sound through millions of hours of practice, not a Fodera, Hellborg, or anything else.
  13. yeah...but have you plugged a couple of basses into a hellborg?? i makes your bass sound more like your bass than anything ive ever heard.
  14. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    Thanks for sharing that! I'm sure you had a limited amount of recording time and all but it seemed like the video ended right when Vic was starting to go off... No?

    Just messin'... I'll take it!
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Unfortunately, the Hellborg rig has yet to make its way to Florida. But if it's good enough for P-Nut... ;)
  16. true jimmy.... i've plugged all sorts of basses into the rig, 76 jazz, lakland JO skyline, about 10 warwicks, and they seem all to sound like the manufacturers websites say they sound, if you know what i mean. Each bass with it's own character showcased, easy but intelligent EQ, it's a dream.

    I can't believe there's one in Perth, Western Australia (a very long way from anywhere!) and not one in Florida!
  17. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Inactive

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    That rack is sickeningly awesome!!!
  18. ray_6ao7


    Jul 18, 2008
    Warwick, UK

    can't wait to get my hellborg rig! only a couple of weeks :) whats that right underneath the bottom power amp?
  19. LowB-ing


    Aug 3, 2005
    Come on. He's not THAT old. :D

  20. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Kings Bay, GA
    wow...that sounds awesome...i really like the tone from the wooten jam as well as the 311 tune...super sweet