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    How to make bass guitar growl?

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    I was wondering....any of you heard live at leeds (who). How did Entwistle get that kind of growling tone from his bass guitar. Is it the amp? The guitar? Or can it be done using a distortion pedal?

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    Never heard it but my guess is that it was probably a pedal

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    _Live at Leeds_ is widely considered "the greatest live rock album of all times," and though those kinds of statements are pretty pointless, it sure was a great album by anyone's standards.

    I am not positive, but I believe John Entwhistle was using vintage Gibson Thunderbirds at about that time, and since. I really don't know about the amps and effects.

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    I was under the impression that he just overdrived his amp or something but I'm not sure anymore. But what tone.....something to really get high listening to!

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    Try a RAT distortion pedal. I always liked to put a fuzz on the bass (foxx tone machine). Better yet a RAT pedal with the addition of a wah pedal. That would be pretty nasty and nutty.

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    Nice heavy strings, some sort of fuzz or a booster into a nice tube pre like an ampeg or alembic. If you are looking for a somewhat simpler solution, you can try something like the tech21 sansamp bass driver, almost infinite possibilities there.

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    My guess is that it's just a bass into a tube amp, at extremely high SPL.

    We can do this a little in the studio going direct with Incanus' Rickenbacker 4001, so it's probably hot pickups and a loud amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supercreep View Post
    My guess is that it's just a bass into a tube amp, at extremely high SPL.

    We can do this a little in the studio going direct with Incanus' Rickenbacker 4001, so it's probably hot pickups and a loud amp.
    Yep - Mike's Rickenbacker 4001 has that distinctive growl...through a SS amp too...

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