#1
Well ive been trying to replicate the clean sound Cliff got on the Master of Puppets album, Leper Messiah and the title track to be exact, but just cant do it. Sort of the clangy tone? not sure how to explain haha. ive done numerous searches and could only find threads on his effects sound so yeah..

Ive got basically the same bass as he used, except his was active so it cant really be that. but yeah any tips? anything appreciated thanks.

EDIT: im using a Warwick Sweet 15.2
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#3
Maybe his sound also had something to do with his finger picking style?
#5
He predominantly played the Rickenbacker, but it was heavily modified. Honestly, i think somewhere in the world a baby kitten died when he replaced the neck pickup with a Thunderbird p/u.

He uses a reasonable amount of distortion for his normal play tone, but for Anesthesia he cranked it up so high, apparently Kirk and James mistook him for a guitar player when they first met him.

Anyways, since this is a Cliff thread, The Fitzy Alarm should be ringing soon...
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#7
Actually, he recorded Master of Puppets with the Aria Black n' Gold bass. I'm pretty sure they miked his amp as well, a Mesa D180 through Mesa 4x12 and custom 1x15 cabs. Don't believe the idiots who tell you he used a Mesa 400+; it wasn't even around until mid-1989, about three years after he died.

Also, Cliff's growl and distortion came from the D180, which featured a potent guitar channel with a great distortion tone.
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Actually, he recorded Master of Puppets with the Aria Black n' Gold bass. I'm pretty sure they miked his amp as well, a Mesa D180 through Mesa 4x12 and custom 1x15 cabs. Don't believe the idiots who tell you he used a Mesa 400+; it wasn't even around until mid-1989, about three years after he died.

Also, Cliff's growl and distortion came from the D180, which featured a potent guitar channel with a great distortion tone.


Pretty much the nail on the head, buy an OD pedal or a distortion pedal which lets you key in the mount of distortion; so you can get your bass to growl.
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#9
Allright thanks a lot guys, really appreciate the help
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He predominantly played the Rickenbacker, but it was heavily modified. Honestly, i think somewhere in the world a baby kitten died when he replaced the neck pickup with a Thunderbird p/u.





You're thinking of Lemmy, mang.
#11
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...Theres a difference?

Yeah i messed up on the TBird part, but i do remember something about him replacing one of the pick ups with a Gibson part. Either way, some small innocent woodland creature died as a result of Cliff's Anesthesia tone.
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#12
As much as I love cliff's playing, to me, his tone got worse every album. Or, at least less audible.
The "clankiness" he gets is the agression used when playing on the strings. Think Steve Harris.
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That, and by MoP, he was using an Aria or Amlembic bass, instead of his rick.
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#13
I have an Aria Pro II Black 'n Gold and I don't play any Cliff Burton.
I should prol'z learn some.
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