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    The bass player in my band really likes the whole Mike Anthony vibe, and we were listening to the RHRN concert today. We noticed that on it, Mike's tone was a lot more aggressive than it usually was.

    Does anyone have an idea of what kind of full bass rig he was using at that time (1990's) or at any time in his career? You always hear about Ed's stuff, but never about Mike's.

    Anyone here ever actually see Mike's rig/amps?

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    I'll spitball an answer ('cuz it's late, and I really don't want to go looking it up right now):

    But, this was right about the time he came on board with Ernie Ball (for obvious reasons) playing their Stingrays (...imo, THE quintessential bass for pure tone) ALONG with coming back to a full Ampeg rig.

    Gimme some time to sleep and look it up (or someone else to beat me to the punch), but I can get you the exact specs later today (I know I have his rig layout for that era somewhere)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubs View Post
    I'll spitball an answer ('cuz it's late, and I really don't want to go looking it up right now):

    But, this was right about the time he came on board with Ernie Ball (for obvious reasons) playing their Stingrays (...imo, THE quintessential bass for pure tone) ALONG with coming back to a full Ampeg rig.

    Gimme some time to sleep and look it up (or someone else to beat me to the punch), but I can get you the exact specs later today (I know I have his rig layout for that era somewhere)...
    Yup... And I think the bass he was playing most of the time had that big old humbucker in it. Through the SVT setup... Mike sounded pretty damn good.

    Mike's tone in the later-Hagar era (and his tone in general) was always something I appreciated in VH. The guy took a lot of heat for not being a virtuoso like Ed or Al, but in my mind he did his job perfectly. Where are you gonna fit between the two Van Halen brothers always trying to outplay one another? You do what Mike did--fill out the low mids, and keep the steady groove. He was the backbone, in a way. On any of the material Ed played bass on, whether that be most of the tunes on III or the BOTW songs, the bass acted like another guitar part, in tone and content. Ed rolls back the low-mids on his bass parts and plays them like the guitar. Sometimes the Mad Anthony eighth note is what's called for, you know? I especially missed Mike's playing on a song like "It's About Time." Ed not laying down a steady groove in the pre-chorus kind of took away from that part of the song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Yup... And I think the bass he was playing most of the time had that big old humbucker in it. Through the SVT setup... Mike sounded pretty damn good.

    Mike's tone in the later-Hagar era (and his tone in general) was always something I appreciated in VH. The guy took a lot of heat for not being a virtuoso like Ed or Al, but in my mind he did his job perfectly. Where are you gonna fit between the two Van Halen brothers always trying to outplay one another? You do what Mike did--fill out the low mids, and keep the steady groove. He was the backbone, in a way. On any of the material Ed played bass on, whether that be most of the tunes on III or the BOTW songs, the bass acted like another guitar part, in tone and content. Ed rolls back the low-mids on his bass parts and plays them like the guitar. Sometimes the Mad Anthony eighth note is what's called for, you know? I especially missed Mike's playing on a song like "It's About Time." Ed not laying down a steady groove in the pre-chorus kind of took away from that part of the song.
    Ya man, I totally agree. I have always thought Mike Anthony sounded great in VH, and the more I play VH covers with my band, and hear my bass player play those parts, the more I appreciate Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubs View Post
    but I can get you the exact specs later today (I know I have his rig layout for that era somewhere)...
    Thanks man! That is exactly what I was looking for!

 

 

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