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    I think there is no such thing as a definite answer on what the guys are using, it seems to vary slightly from tour to tour. Lots of things mentioned here are right, but “even I” have no idea about everything. I haven’t been to any shows at all this whole year as far as I can remember. Too bad.

    These are the amps I remember seing Bent playing over the years:

    Orange or120

    Hiwatt custom 100

    Ampeg SVT

    Fender PA 100 (this is the weird fender amp BS has been using lately. I think)


    Fender Precision bass from 1978 with Jazz bass neck

    Ibanez Hate bass

    Gibson EB-2 from 1967

    Gibson Eb-3 from 1967

    MusicMan StingRay x 2

    Some Gibson EB-3 knock off (serpentine video and 2002 gigs at least)

    Stavem guild starfire/eb-2 lookalike

    Stavem non-reverse thunderbird x 2

    Stavem single cut (devil dog) 4 string, now 8 string?

    Stavem 8 string psychobird

    Rickenbacker 4001 from 1980

    Guild Starfire from late 60s?

    Gretsch Broadkaster (Tussler)

    Gretsch 6072 from 1966

    Effects also vary:

    EHX crying tone with built in buffer and mxr noise gate cirquit

    Foxx Fuzz wah (back up for the cring tone)

    I think I saw a tube screamer some time ago

    Either a Xotic BB preamp or an RC booster, they look almost identical

    Probably a big muff, but the crying ton basically is a big muff aswell, so why bother.

    I don’t know much about Snah’s setup, the one at guitargeek is probably a good starting point. Only things I can remember seing not being on that page is the Line6 DL4 and the roland re-301 space echo.

    You got Snah’s guitars right, I think. The pickups in the super swedes are called P-94.

    His Guild Starfire is now retired from the road and serves as the living room guitar.

    Like I said, I think they vary their setups ALOT. Some gigs are done on rented backline, and they have to compromise. The point seems to be that whatever gear they play, they still sound like themselves. The gear is just a small part of the equation, to play as good as they do is the hardest part :-)

    For getting traktorbass sound, there is no pedal I’ve found. A good old 100 watt tube amp (Hiwatt custom 100, sound city 100/120, orange or120, fender bassman 100/135, marshall superbass, matamp gt120, ampeg v4b for instance) a cool bass preferably with humbucking pickups and good playing would do the trick.


      Yes, GBD, I never heard anything like it. But of course I haven’t heard them all. And to what psychstooge wrote, I must disagree. The V-Twin sure isn’t a vintage pedal but there’s nothing “modern” about it. No Numetal here, thank you. You can set it to whatever you like. From slight overdrive to total frenzy boost, the big plus about it is that it’s never muffled unless you want it by setting it to the most extreme. You can boost and cut the whole EQ range, inlcuding the Mids. It’s clear, transparent, fat and soaring and singing. Stingray -> v-twin -> ampeg svt tube amp -> 8×10 cabinet -> my Traktorbass.


      Not my intention to step on any toes. I bet the V-twin is a badass piece of gear, but I never thought bents sound is typically mesa sound, thats all… Or at least what I think of as Mesa sound… My Traktorbass is Pbass – Xotic BB bass pre – Orange AD200 – 2×15″ cab


      But I bet you’ll get far with any kind of overdriven tubeamp, a god bass cab and playing with a pick


      Concerning tractorbass.

      If you ask low budget, try an Earth Sound Research Original 2000 amp. It’s not tubed, but the sound is incredible. Search for them at local stores, ebay, …

      I’ve got mine (including a 1×15 cab also from Earth) for 250 Euro. Here’s a pic:


      Use the guitar input, put the distortion at 3 o’clock and use a EHX Big Muff.

      That’s all you need. About 300 Euro all in :)

      I heared other (tubed) amps from Earth Sound Research are even better, never tried one myself. But I’m convinced this is a very unknown but highly underestimated amp.

      If you want an example of my sound, check this rehearsal (low quality) song:


      Just to give you an idea.

      Vegard B. Havdal

        These bass amps are awesome. Though they have a reputation for not being so solid, I think.



          No toes were harmed in this topic. Bent sure neither has a Mesaboogie nor any “modern” tone, of course. But I’d say the Bass/V-Twin/SVT set up doesn’t even sound especially Mesaboogie or “modern” at all. The combination’s just woahwoah. But yes, it’s damn expensive. :(

          Ashdown amps, I tried one once. Solid state, no? The built-in octaver works very nice.

          Vegard B. Havdal

            Hybrid I think, at least the ones I’ve tried.


              All of the bass tips and tricks will have to be saved until a day I have money… Nice to read, though.

              Concerning the bass: It is indeed the same bass Bent brought on the 2009 tour, but with 4 more strings. Just saw a photo from Botanique ’09. Same bass, definitely.


                Uh embarrassing. Their fire- and thunderbirds are Stavem guitars… 8O


                  Hey Supernaut, there’s links you can click on.

                  I feel very tempted to get me a Stavem bass….

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