Watch as the low-end gods demonstrate their prowess with anything from Flea’s gigantic Gallien-Krueger setup to Juan Alderete’s opulent boutique board, Tom Petersson’s drool-worthy collection, Billy Sheehan’s dual-output Yamaha, and Roger Waters’ legendary black P bass.
Sure, the majority of the magic generated by the world’s finest players takes place in their hands. However, their equipment is also essential—mainly because they are still very selective about playing. So take a break from practicing your skills for a while and check out the gear that your heroes are using to conjure up their incredible tones of voice.
Who knows, it might inspire you to reconsider your attitude to music and provide you with some suggestions for improving your setup. Alternatively, you could just sit there and lust over all the great stuff. Either method is effective.
Listed below are the top 3 Bass Rig Rundowns performed by some of the most fearsome bass titans on the planet.
1. Roger Waters: The Wall Live
- Basses: The pegs on the headstock of your guitar are referred to as the truss rods. These are used to change the tension of the strings, which, in turn, helps to tune the guitar.
At backup, Waters retains a clone of this guitar, which was built by the Fender Custom Shop, and he also has a rosewood-necked clone, which he uses just for the front of the stage, where the instruments are supposed to blend in with the dark lighting.
- Amps: Waters uses an Ampeg SVT-6 Pro with one spare, which is routed through three 4×10 cabs that have been rewired to 8 ohms (two running with one spare). The identical approach is utilized for the Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall tours, with minor variations.
- Effects: This is Waters’ original Pete Cornish-made board, which was built for him immediately before the release of the original Wall album in 1980, and is in excellent condition. It’s maintained in the rear and under the supervision of his guitar tech. In the past, he would use a phaser and an echo. Still, now he primarily employs the Bassballs circuit because the delays are controlled by rack-mounted TC Electronic units (TC Electronic units).
2. The Mars Volta’s Juan Alderete
- Basses: During The Mars Volta’s 2011 tour, Alderete played his 1970 Precision fretless bass, which came from Corona, CA, with a fretless neck. Flatwounds are warmer, more musical, and lend themselves to a better overall tone when combined with Alderete’s fretless neck and his wealth of strange sounds flowing from his board.
The bass had a Stars Guitars’ brass bridge and a Bartolini single-coil in the bridge position when Alderete bought it, giving it a P-J hybrid setup. The only change he made to the bass was the Hipshot D-Tuner. In addition to the ’70 P, his other significant basses for this run will be a ’64 Jazz and a ’77 Precision.
- Amps: Alderete upgraded his amp setup from his old mainstay SVT-VR heads and cabinets to the newer PF-500 heads, which power PF-115 1×15 and PF-210 2×10 cabinets. This was done just before embarking on this 2011 tour.
- Effects: The TMV bassist has utilized a Boss CS-2 Compressor/Sustainer since his days with Racer X in the 1980s. He uses this pedal almost exclusively to fill out his high end. He’s remained with this old compressor because it’s the most melodious. The Boss VB-2 Vibrato is used to emphasize and highlight his harmonics in the mix. The OC-2, he says, adds dimension to his tone while keeping it musical and sounding like a bass guitar. He uses the EarthQuaker Devices Ghost Disaster for delays and ambient verb noises.
He uses the DOD Meat Box FX32 to nearly destroy his amps and rattle the stage, cabinets, and rafters. With the Pigtronix Envelope and Rotary Phaser, he can create a choppy wave of noise. Alderete uses Line 6 DL4 for modulated delays and sampling. TC Electronic PolyTune, Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian Fuzz, Boss PN-2 Tremolo/Pan, and DigiTech PDS 20/20 are his soundscape, interlude, and backup pedals.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea
At Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, Rebecca Dirks meets Tracy Robar, bassist Flea’s tech. Flea’s I’m With You Tour rig comprises Modulus basses, Gallien-Krueger amps and cabs, GHS Strings, and pedals from MXR, Malekko, Moog, and Electro-Harmonix.
- Basses: Flea spends most of the set relying on his prominent Modulus bass for inspiration. With a Modulus Lane Poor pickup, no longer in production, Aguilar preamp, and a Leo Quan Badass bridge, this guitar is ready to take on the world.He keeps his knobs taped at the settings he prefers (bass almost entirely up, treble rolled off) and only uses his volume knob in real-time to adjust the volume in real-time. The Modulus allows Robar to tailor Flea’s action to a deficient level with its graphite neck, while Flea employs his unique pair of GHS Boomers (.105 – .145).
For “By the Way,” he uses a Modulus bass with an Aboriginal finish and a Seymour Duncan pickup tuned to Drop D, a Modulus bass with an Aboriginal national flag finish and controls built into a cavity on the back (only an on/off switch on the face) tuned down a half-step for “Breaking the Girl,” a Chinese-made Flea Bass with a Damien Hirst spin-art finish, his primary Modulus, a Josh Klinghoffer plays a Fender Bass VI on “Happiness Loves Company” while Flea plays piano. A five-string Modulus for “Funky Monks” is in the bag.
- Amps: Flea employs three Gallien-Krueger 2001RB amplifiers, one of which serves as a master and two serves as slaves. The amps are connected to three Gallien-Krueger 410 cabinets and three Gallien-Krueger 115 cabinets, all operational. One 2001RB amp is used when Klinghoffer plays bass, and the other is only a backup. There are two other 2001RB amps in the rack; one is used when Klinghoffer plays bass, and the other is simply a backup.
- Effects: Flea doesn’t rely on many effects; instead, he relies on only four to provide all of the tones he requires. A Malekko Bassmaster for fuzz and distortion, an MXR Micro Amp for a clean boost for slaps and leads, an Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron for “Sir Psycho Sexy,” and a Moog Mooferfooger 12-Stage Phaser for pure fun are the instruments he employs from left to right. The board is powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, which can be found here.
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