I'm learning "Leave That Thing Alone" by Rush and if anybody could help me get that tone that Geddy gets I would greatly appreciate it. It sounds like new strings, some kinda distortion...help?

Here's a link:

They are having that discussion on the comments for that video. To me, it definitely sounds like any run of the mill modern bass overdrive setup. A DigiTech Bass Driver does a very convincing impression of that sound; I should know, because I owned it.
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I'm fairly sure that he has 2 signals coming out of his bass, one distorted the other clean, which are mixed, which is what you hear.

From being a Rush freak, a good overdrive, distortion should give you the nice low end while still having the crunchy sound.

also, attacking teh strings very hard should also be of some help.


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