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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2010
    Location: London, UK.
    ME: Kramer Nightswan II
    MA: Garrison G50

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    New bass rig (+ thrashy test vid)

    Recently joined a couple of bands on bass, so have taken the opportunity to build up a new rig over the past couple of months. First purchase was this beautiful Fender Jazz USA Standard (2001), in Sunset Orange:

    Then I picked up a Tech 21 VT Bass DI, which is a DI box modelled on various Ampeg rigs. Bought this so I could have consistent tone at every gig, and use the parallel out for stage volume/monitoring. Couldn't be happier with it, does everything from big old-fashioned boomy tones to the grindy, Geddy-esque tones I like, as well as having a serious amount of gain on tap. The character knob is similar to the ISF feature on Blackstar amps, albeit with a wider range of possibilities.

    Most recent addition is my new Empress Compressor, which replaces the Boss LMB-3 I was using previously. This thing is fucking mind-blowing. Sounds and reacts like a proper rack/DAW compressor, and gives you a huge amount of control over the exact type of compression you want. At the moment I've got it set for a fairly decent amount of squish, with the Mix control backed off to around 2 o'clock, so it evens things out nicely and really helps thicken everything up.

    All together, with my trusty Pitchblack as well:

    Finally got round to recording a bass vid today. Might not be the best demo, in that thrash tones are hardly bass-centric, but it's a fuck of a lot of fun. Will try and get round to recording a few bass-only demos at some point if anyone's interested. Anyway, here's a little bit of Waste:

    [VIDEO]]"Headbanger Face Rip" by Municipal Waste - Bass Cover - YouTube[/VIDEO]

  2. #2

    Join Date: Apr 2011
    Location: Port St. Lucie, FL
    ME: KxK Sii-7ex
    MA: Yamaha FGX700SC
    MB: Warwick Corvette 5
    Rig: JCA22

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    Empress compressor and a VT Bass DI! Killer man.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Oct 2013
    Location: Cleveland, Ohio
    ME: Fernandes Ra'Nope
    MA: Fender CE Nope
    MB: Squier Jaguar VintageNope
    Rig: Blackstar Nope 100

    iTrader: 0

    Awesome dude!
    You miss 100% of the Nope you don't Nope.

    Don't give up Nope.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
    Rig: Mesa ROV25+V:25+Mesa Cab

    iTrader: 0

    That bass is stunning!
    Disclaimer: I work ultra part-time for a local music gear dealer

  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    That's a hot bass, and a hot tone!

  6. #6

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Riverside, Ca
    ME: Jackson DKMGT
    MA: Martin GPCPA5K
    Rig: Mindy the Framus Dragon

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    I had that exact same bass, but sold it recently. Gorgeous.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Brighton, UK
    ME: Stuff
    MB: More Stuff
    Rig: Extra Stuff

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    Sounds fucking great. \m/ New camera, too?

    So, being a famous author is paying for lots of new toys, eh?

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Somerville, Ma
    ME: Suhr Modern 7
    MA: Martin MC16-GTE
    MB: Dingwall Afterburner 5
    Rig: Mesa Roadster, Recto 4x12

    iTrader: 5 (100%)

    That's gorgeous, man!
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