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Old 19th June 2008 , 01:05 PM
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Attention bass players worldwide:

We want to know about your set-ups, buying tips and techniques for creating the "perfect" bass rig.

Also what you wish you could have, your dream rigs !

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Old 20th June 2008 , 03:49 PM
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Without a doubt you will need to get your hands on a DBX 163X compressor. Makes your bass sound like vanilla cream pudding.

Are you talking live or studio setup? In the studio I've been quite happy with a sansamp into either UA SOLO 610 or UA 6176... If I'm in an effects kinda mood I'll usually go into a boss CE1 > memoryman/ RE 501... very rarely do I use distortion/fuzz.

Bass guitars include a 1970 reissue p bass, MIM standard jazz, vintage musicman copy.

Sadly I'm between amps at the moment and don't really play live very much so I could do with some suggestions in that arena...
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Old 25th June 2008 , 01:38 PM
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Ive got a Tech 21 Sansamp Para Driver which I find more versatile than the Bass Driver because of the Parametric Mid section. Also, a decent compressor is a must.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 07:53 AM
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[QUOTE=Tom DV Romford;103]Attention bass players worldwide:

We want to know about your set-ups, buying tips and techniques for creating the "perfect" bass rig.

Also what you wish you could have, your dream rigs !

Tom DV Romford[/QUOTE]

Hi Tom
My Ideal Bass Rig Has got to be A 1964/5 Gibson eb3 planet waves cables and tuner and an The Ampeg Portaflex "flip-top" bass amp with extension 15 speaker cool eh? no compresion or digital effects[IMG]http://www.ampeg.com/products/diamondbluebass/b15/images/B15R_LG.jpg[/IMG]just 60s fetishistic delight.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 08:09 AM
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Woah! It looks like a work of pop art Adge.. If it sounds as good as it looks then.......
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Old 3rd July 2008 , 12:19 PM
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Try this. Feb '69 sunburst Precision (still got the ashtrays too). Marshall Integrated Bass System 200 (a what?) amp that I've had for about 25 years now, 2 Bergantino HT112 cabs with an Auralex GRAMMA for it all to sit on. Best sound since I sold my '69 Superbass 100 stack and more versatile to boot.

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Old 3rd July 2008 , 06:06 PM
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Default My Setup

Here we go.

After years of messing around with various amps and speaker setups I eventually settled on this.

Ashdown Superfly Programmable Amp Head
Ashdown 4 x 10 Cab
ME 50B Pedal Board

The reason for this setup is simple, I have various basses which I use live and in my studio so this setup suits me. Obviously with the 4 x 10's I maintain a tight sound which suits my style of playing.

Basses as follows.

Warwick Thumb Through Neck 4 String Fretted.
Warwick Thumb Through Neck 4 String Fretless.
Fender Marcus Miller 4 String.

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Old 5th July 2008 , 07:35 AM
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Hi, i already have my dream live set up,

EBS td650, EBS 4x10 neo and EBS 1x15 neo, these are lightweight cabs that pack a hell of a punch and the sound is awsome.

coupled with my custom built GB rumour bass, i could'nt ask for anything more!
well, maybe another GB....

my other basses are Status Retroglide and Status Black Beauty.

James.
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Old 5th July 2008 , 06:09 PM
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We want to know about your set-ups, buying tips and techniques for creating the "perfect" bass rig.

Also what you wish you could have, your dream rigs !
Presently, 3 1/2 Warwick Basses!
Nicest one is a 2007 Custom Shop Fortress, sunburst with maple fingerboard played through a Warwick 150 watt (small gigs) and a Warwick 30 (big gigs).


Dream gear would be a Fortress with Infinity electrics (pity, no chance of that unless I resort to a bit of DIY) and Eden amplification.
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Old 6th July 2008 , 09:16 PM
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Not sure anyone’s going to be interested, but I play two basses, a 4 string Fender JP90, which is a sort of Jazz / Precision hybrid with a light weight body. It has passive J & P pickups. Then, I’ve a 5 string “custom” (irony intended). It has a G&L 2500 neck, a body I made myself and active EMG J & P pickups. The body is semi-acoustic: an English yew top on a mahogany body.

Nowadays I mainly spend my time recording. Having tried many different configurations for getting a signal to tape/hard disk, I now tend to use DI via a preamp. I’ve two preamps: a Trace Elliott GP12XV which gives a classic “Brit” sound; and an Ampeg SVT -IIP which gives a good US sound. For playing a home or small gigs I feed these to a Peavey Classic 60 valve power amp and then to a 15in Fane + a treble horn in a small tuned enclosure. If I ever needed to play a bigger gig (unlikely) I’ve a 2 x 150w tranny power amp plus a 15 +10 Eminence enclosure that my son used to use.

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Old 8th July 2008 , 08:46 AM
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Default Thanks Guys -

Really happy with the level of replies we've had here, esspecially the ampeg flip top cab - I'm especially envious of mr. Warwick thumbs ......

Well I better list my rig whilst I'm at it, buckle up it's going to be a long ride:

Basses:

Olp Musicman MM32
Aria IGBEXO5
1994 Aria Pro II
EC 300FL Fretless
Dearmond Jet Star Spell
Pieces of a 90's jazz bass living in a loft

Amplification:

Ashdown Mag 300CT410
DBX 266XL Compressor
Studio Project VTB1 Tube Pre

Effects:

Boss Tuner
Morley Classic Wah
Rocktek chorus
MXR Phase 90
Ashdown Dual filter
"Ibanez" Self built compressor
Digitech Whammy
Digitech Delay
Boss ODB1 overdrive
Behringer EQ pedal
Boss Flanger
Korg Ax1000G
Behringer bass V amp Pro

I'm missing 4 effects from this list - I'll get a pic of my pedal board

The bass I'm really after at the momemnt is this:

Tanglewood Canyon II (2) at DV247.COM - it's awesome

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Old 18th July 2008 , 09:10 AM
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for recording only (I don't gig!) -

Fender 50's RI MIM P-bass (vintage blonde/gold guard) DI into SSL Alpha Channel with a DBX 160A on the channel insert (pre-EQ). VHD sometimes in play, but more often dialled out.

IK Ampeg SVX provides all the amp/cab sounds I could ever want. I love it.

I also have a Radial ProD2 DI if I ever need to feed a different pre (I've got a pair of Alpha Channels and of course they've got a DI switch on them but if they're in use by other stuff sometimes the bass might have to go through the DAV BG1).

If I ever need J-bass sounds I have a Yamaha BB414 which is really versatile (you can also blend the J/P config on it in a middle setting, so it does have a wider range of sounds than the Fender, but the Fender neck is so much nicer).

I've got a handful of guitar pedals as well for my guitar-related stuff but they don't often get used in the bass chain. Maybe the RAT for a bit of filth occasionally.

I'm sort of in the market for a bass amp but it would need to be something that I could mic up for a secondary sound to blend with the DI stuff, so I wouldn't want to skimp too much (vintage Ampeg maybe, anyone got one they want to donate? ) and there's a lot of other bits of kit that are beckoning my cash...
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Very nice rig Terminal, what RAT are you using?
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Old 18th July 2008 , 11:57 AM
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Very nice rig Terminal, what RAT are you using?
Just the latest-issue ProCo RAT 2. It's a cheapy and it's not the world's greatest distortion pedal but it's got a bit of that RAT sound (read: noise) you can't really find anywhere else. Most of my other pedals are either boutique, vintage and/or modded (Keeley/Analogman etc), the RAT is one of only a few effects pedals that I own that's completely stock (other than utility pedals like switchers/gates etc).

I'd love to get a proper vintage RAT someday too, I know there'd be a definite improvement in tone, but you really can't go too far wrong considering how inexpensive the basic RAT is anyway. It pretty much only starts to sound cheap when you REALLY push it...
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Old 21st July 2008 , 08:50 AM
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I think you've sold the idea of a RAT to me, I'd have to get the dirty RAT though

What Keeley pedals are you using? Do you any specifially tailored for bass?

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