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Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1961 Gibson EB3
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1961 Gibson EB31964 Ampeg B-15N
Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Pos 1 - neck pickup only with tone choke

Guitar vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 1. With a clean amp (vol 3, treble 5, bass 5) you get a really fat round sound from this setting. Played fingerstyle.
Guitar vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 1. With a slighter hotter amp (vol 3, treble 6, bass 6) and played at the bridge. Fingerstyle.

Pos 2 - bridge pickup only

Guitar vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 2. Clean amp (vol 3, treble 5, bass 5) and played fingerstyle at the bridge. This is the thinnest sound you'll get from an EB3, but still with plenty of punch on the low notes.
Guitar vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 2. A slightly snarlier amp setting (vol 5, treble 5, bass 5) is perfect for this varitone position. Played fingerstyle.
Guitar vol 10, tone 3, varitone position 2. Rolling off the tone a little on the bass, and pushing the amp further (vol 7, treble 5, bass 5) gives the fantastic distorted bass tone that the EB3 is famous for - especially when you really dig in like this. Played fingerstyle.

Pos 3 - both pickups in parallel

Guitar vols 10, tones 10, varitone position 3. Both pickups through a clean amp (vol 3, treble 5, bass 5) . Fingerstyle.
Guitar: Vols 10, tones 10, varitone position 3. The snarlier amp setting again (vol 5, treble 5, bass 5). Played fingerstyle.
Guitar: Vols 10, neck tone 10, bridge tone 3, varitone position 3. Amp vol 7, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle.
Guitar: Both pickups, vol 10, tone 5, varitone position 3. Same louder amp setting as above (amp vol 7, treble 5, bass 5) but played a little harder with a pick.

Pos 4 - neck pickup only

Guitar: Vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 4.. Clean (amp vol 3, treble 5, bass 5). Fingerstyle.
Guitar: Vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 4. With the amp turned up a little (vol 5, treble 5, bass 5), and played down by the bridge. Fingerstyle.
Guitar: Vol 10, tone 10, varitone position 4. With the amp turned up a little further still (vol 7, treble 5, bass 5), Fingerstyle.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1965 Vox Bassmaster
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1965 Vox Bassmaster1964 Ampeg B-15N
The Vox Bassmaster has no pickup selector which limits tonal options - but the sounds that are there are great; it really snarls when you dig in with a pick.

Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Amp settings volume 5/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10.

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Vox Bassmaster. Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 5/10. Fingerstyle.
Vox Bassmaster. Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 5/10. With pick.
Vox Bassmaster. Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Fingerstyle.
Vox Bassmaster. Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Pick.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1965 Vox Clubman bass
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1965 Vox Clubman bass1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. Fingerstyle.
Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. With a pick.
Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 5/10, played with a pick.
Vox Clubman bass. Neck pickup only, tone 0/10. Fingerstyle.
Bridge pickup, volume 10/10 and tone 3/10. Fingerstyle.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Gibson EB-0
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1966 Gibson EB-01964 Ampeg B-15N
All sound samples were recorded with an amp with the following settings: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Played fingerstyle

Volume 10/10, tone 10/10. You can get a a more note definition if you play down by the bridge
Volume 10/10, tone 0/10. With the tone rolled down, you get a really deep dubby bass sound that is felt as much as heard. Terrfic fun, and great live, but often inaudiable on certain speakers.

...and with a pick

Volume 10/10, tone 5/10. A great classic rock sound.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1966 Hagstrom Coronado IV1964 Ampeg B-15N
All sound samples were recorded with an amp with the following settings: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Neck pickup

Neck pickup (switch 1) with the tone selector on 'H' (switch 4). Fingerstyle.
Neck pickup (switch 1) with the tone selector on 'H' (switch 4). Played with a pick.
Neck pickup (switch 1) with the tone selector on 'L' (switch 3). Fingerstyle.

Bridge pickup

Bridge pickup (switch 2) with the tone selector on 'H' (switch 4). Fingerstyle.
Bridge pickup (switch 2) with the tone selector on 'L' (switch 3). Fingerstyle.
Bridge pickup (switch 2) with the tone selector on 'L' (switch 3). Played with a pick.

Both pickups

Both pickups (switches 1 & 2) with the tone selector on 'H' (switch 4). Fingerstyle.
Both pickups (switches 1 & 2) with the tone selector on 'L' (switch 3). Fingerstyle.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Hagstrom Concord
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1967 Hagstrom Concord1964 Ampeg B-15N
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Clean amp settings: volume 5, treble 5, bass 5.

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Neck pickup

Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, fingerstyle.
Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone turned down, 0/10. Played fingerstyle.

Bridge pickup

Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, played with a pick.

Both pickups

Both pickups, all volume and tone controls 10/10. Played fingerstyle.
Both pickups, all volume and tone controls 10/10. Played with a pick.
Bridge pickup (volume 10/10 tone 10/10) with just a bit of neck dialed in (volume 3/10 tone 0/10). Played with a pick.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Kalamazoo KB bass
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1967 Kalamazoo KB bass1964 Ampeg B-15N
Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Neutral amp settings

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle at the neck.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle at the bridge.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle - the EB humbucker is so fat sounding anyway, that turning down the tone control doesn't change the tone as significantly as some other basses.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Even at low volume, you can get a nice crunch to the tone when you dig in with a pick.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1968 Gibson EB2D
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1968 Gibson EB2D1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface. The first four clips are without bass boost, the last four are with bass boost.

Amp settings volume 5/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10.

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Without bass boost

Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Neck pickup only, volume and tone 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Neck Pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 9/10, tone 3/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

With bass boost

Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Neck pickup, volume and tone at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Bridge pickup, volume and tone at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.
Neck Pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 9/10, tone 3/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1969 Fender Competition Mustang bass
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1969 Fender Competition Mustang bass1964 Ampeg B-15N
B15 channel 1, volume 5 bass 5 treble 5, mic'd up with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB portable soundcard. Bass strung with Rotosound RS77M flatwound strings.

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Played fingerstyle

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Even played fingerstyle with flatwound strings, the Mustang has plenty of midrange snarl.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Turn the tone down and you still get a very useable tone, but about as fat as this bass can go.

And with a pick

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. With a pick the Mustang grunts and snarls... probably what most players want from it!
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1972 Gibson EB-3L
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1972 Gibson EB-3L1964 Ampeg B-15N
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Amp settings volume 3/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10.

Bass has Labella Deep Talkin' flatwound bass strings.

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Varitone position 1

Neck pickup only. Volume 10, tone 10. Played fingerstyle down by the bridge.
Neck pickup. Volume 10, tone 0. Played fingerstyle. You can get some great sounds from this bass by rolling the tone back a bit.

Varitone position 2

Bridge pickup. Volume 10, tone 10. Played fingerstyle.

Varitone position 3

Both pickups. All volumes 10 and tones 10. Played fingerstyle.

Varitone position 4

Front pickup with midrange notch. Volume 10, tone 10. Played fingerstyle. Amazing fat tone. I just love this setting.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1972 Gibson EB-OL
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1972 Gibson EB-OL1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd up with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB portable soundcard.

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Neutral amp settings (vol 5, treble 5, bass 5)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 5. Played fingerstyle.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Played fingerstyle.

Brighter amp setting (vol 5, treble 8, bass 2)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Fingerstyle.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Played with a pick.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1973 Fender Musicmaster bass
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1973 Fender Musicmaster bass1964 Ampeg B-15N
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Amp settings volume 5/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10.

Bass has Labella Deep Talkin' flatwound bass strings.

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Volume 10, tone control 10

Funk with the odd slap and pop - then a straight walking jazz/blues bass. Both played fingerstyle.
Played with a pick - some real punch for more aggressive basslines.

Volume 10, tone control rolled down to 0

Fingerstyle. About as fat as it gets on a Fender Musicmaster.
Played with a hard pick right down at the bridge. Nice.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1974 Gibson L-9S Ripper
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1974 Gibson L-9S Ripper1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd up with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB portable soundcard.

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Pos 1 - both pickups in series

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. With the Q system controls all on 10/10 the Ripper has plenty of tonal bite in position 1.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 5, midrange 0. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. With the midrange turned right down and the treble at 50%, we get the 'walking bass' sound, as described in the 1974 promo disk

Pos 2 - bridge pickup

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. The bridge pickup alone is the 'entirely new bass sound' described on the 1974 Ripper promo disk
Guitar: volume 10, tone 7, midrange10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. This setting is described in the promo disk as a great pick sound

Pos 3 - both pickups in parallel

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. With all controls at 10/10 we get a very full tone: plenty of bass, mid and treble.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 6, midrange 6 Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. By backing off the tone and midrange we get the suggested fingerstyle setting from the Ripper promo disk
Guitar: volume 10, tone 6, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the suggested 'double stop' sound as described in the 1974 promo disk
Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 5. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the 'popular electric bass sound' as detailed in the 1974 Ripper promo disk

Pos 4 - both pickups in series (out of phase)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the 'funky fingerpicking sound' as demonstrated in the 1974 Ripper promo disk
Guitar: volume 10, tone 4, midrange 8. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Turning the tone down a little reduces the clankiness of this setting

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Buzzsaw Comment left 3rd September 2012 09:09:11
Great clips man... used a lot of B15s in the studio.. always first choice. Fender Precision, gnarly flats and a B15... can't get better than that.

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