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Your favorite tone from a metal bassist

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by DLI848, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. DLI848


    Oct 28, 2009
    List what instrument he/she uses, what amp, what speakers, pick/finger, etc...

    if you know.
  2. I don't listen to TOO much metal... but the bassist from Municipal Waste has a great tone. He uses a single H EBMM Stingray with a pick... dunno the rest of his set up... Mesa or Ampeg, maybe?
  3. IT just has to be Steve Digiorgio (think thats how its spelt)
    any metal fan should know who this guy is, he plays a fretless 5 string most of the time used to be ESP but he changed to something else.

    He uses 3 fingers with proper 3 finger technique and sounds great on all his recordings :D


    Martin Mendez from Opeth in alot of songs he stay low in the mix but when he comes out its very cool stuff plays a Fender Marcus Miller sig bass and also with his little fingers :)
  4. Nice yer he uses an ampeg SVT 3 Pro and has a few different basses
  5. RNV


    Apr 13, 2010
    Loxahatchee, Fl
    fEARful (I endorse them, not visa versa)
  6. GianGian


    May 16, 2008
    Steve Harris. 70s (I think) Precision Bass, custom tube amps designed after old Peaveys (I think, could be Hiwatt), finger player. Bass has been upgraded with Seymour Duncan pickup and BadAss bridge. Rotosound Flatwound signature strings. 110-55 (super heavy, yes). Also uses considerable amount of compression, tube compressor, undentified brand. Tone control on the bass is bypassed to get more high end.
  7. One of my favorites is Alex Webster. Plays with fingers and mostly uses a Spector 5 string and has 2 Modulus Q5's and is endorsed by SWR! His work with Blotted Science is insane.
  8. fuzzurin


    Apr 2, 2008
    Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan.

    G&L 2000
    Ampeg SVT-VR, Ampeg 8 x 10 cab
    Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
    Uses a pick
  9. I don't know if you'd consider them 'metal', but Dug Pinnick of King's X has an amazing sound for hard, heavy rock. 8 or 12 string basses with melt-your-brain distortion.
  10. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    Easily Eddie Jackson of Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime and Empire era.

    Mostly fingers, sometimes pick on Rotosound stringed Kramer-era Spector NS-2 basses through energy group cabs, or something undecided.. know he use Hartke Hy-Drives now, but back then it must have been something SVT like.
  11. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    This week I really the tone of who ever plays bass on O.S.I's self titled album.
    If you get the chance to listen to the track "Shutdown",
    About 6 min out the bass "takes over", and it sounds heavenly.
    Really fat but defined sound.
  12. Raoul_Duke


    Jun 13, 2010
    Rex from Pantera. Great tone and great lines that aren't formulaic or predictable. He's one of the best metal bassists out there when it comes to doing interesting things under a guitar lead.

    I'm not sure about his rig. I know he plays with a pick and I think he plays SSD basses.
  13. TortillaChip520


    Jun 3, 2008
    Wolf from The Chariot has a great live sound. Heavy distortion with TONS of midrange. He has his own custom Moss bass head, I'm not sure what type of cab (one of the guitarists uses an ampeg 8x10, wolf's is the white cab), and I can't tell the name brand of the bass.




  14. Cliff Burton from Metallicas tone is awesome, also The bass player for Cannibal Corpse, I forget his name... Ahh Alex Webster yeah he has a mean tone especially in the earlier days of the Corpse.
  15. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    obligatory Geezer post

    P-bass through a tube head and a broken 4 x 12 IIRC

    also remember you don't know how to take the pickup covers off, so play near the neck.
  16. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
  17. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I'm 42 and a little hazed at the line drawn for Metal vs. Hard Rock vs whatever... Beyond the typical 70s standards... In the early 80s I really dug Kenny Aaronson's tone for heavier stuff
  18. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I'm gonna have to go with Robbie Merril from Godsmack.

    He uses USA Spector basses, Various GK heads and Cabinets.

    The heads I know he uses are the 1001RB, 2001RB, Fusion 550, and the MB-500
    The cabs I know of are the NEO412, NEO410, and 115RBH

    he usually uses the 2001 head with a 115RBH, and 410NEO as the two cabs for the head. He is the only guy I know who mixes those two series of cabs and uses them together,
  19. For me its a tie between the guy from Intronaut and the guy from Baroness. Dude from intronaut uses a Pedulla I think and the Baroness guy is using a Jazz with an ampeg I believe.
  20. tahbass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Park City, UT
    Joe Lester from Intronaut is a good choice. You're right on the Pedulla fretless, it's a Pentabuzz. He plays finger through an SWR Mo Bass head with a matching SWR Megoliath cab. Great fretless tone and he does some really cool almost lead bass stuff. The chords he uses in The Literal Black Cloud = awesome.