Led Zep - Heartbreaker - Bass

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by sleeptowin, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:55 AM.

  1. sleeptowin

    sleeptowin Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    is that bass out of tune? or just got an effect on it?
     
  2. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

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    I don't know but that is the most badass rock bass tone ever.
     
  3. Duckman

    Duckman Well-Known Member

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    At first I was convinced he was using his Hagstrom 8 string bass, but later on I learned it was an effect+ distortion. Indeed the most badass tone ever!
     
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  4. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

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    Useful maybe....
    A lot of distortion, fret noise/pick noise....Amazing it never stood out on the track.
    Isolated bass
     
  5. sleeptowin

    sleeptowin Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    sounds out of tune to me, kinda ruins the track.
     
  6. Laservampire

    Laservampire ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    It’s bass through a Leslie rotating speaker.
     
  7. Mook

    Mook Forum Resident

    I can't think of anything that could ruin that track, it's pretty close to rock perfection.

    I've always thought the bass on Led Zeppelin II sounded killer. Somewhere between James Jamerson & The Ox.
     
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  8. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

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    I know it's supposed to be a Leslie but to me it just sounds like an Acoustic 360 - and that's what he was using live at the time.

    I used to have one when I was a teenager and could get a similar sound out of it...just couldn't play anywhere near as great unfortunately.
     
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  9. Scroller

    Scroller Forum Resident

    An absolutely fantastic, pulverizing murderous bass tone! Those chords he plays during the verses sound absolutely HUGE and I've always loved listening to it. I think it's just a basic two note 5th chord that slides up with an open A ringing out underneath. Marvelous! The bass lines all over Zep II are pure genius. The slow subdued blues jam in the middle of Lemon Song...wow, jaw dropping...
     
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  10. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

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    You’d be surprised how many rock songs have something even slightly outta tune. I’ll take this so-called outta tune bass, because it’s got major FEEL :)
     
  11. scoutbb

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    Doesn't sound out of tune to me. But I'm a drummer, what do I know? That's definitely a different Page solo in the break though.
     
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  12. Echoes Myron

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    I absolutely live for that one little pause between the end end of the guitar solo and the verse kicking back in.
     
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  13. cvila

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  14. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

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    Sounds awesome from my RL. :edthumbs:
     
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  15. MortSahlFan

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    I thought some of the latter parts was guitar and not bass. Thanks for the upload!
    ("YAWUHL!")
     
  16. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    Wow, it's like everything anyone ever thought was good actually SUCKS! I blame the Internet. :laugh:
     
  17. sleeptowin

    sleeptowin Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    ive always had a hard time listening to it. it all wobbly and stands out, and then the guitar solo is really bad. like a drunk hitting random notes.
    shame as i really like the first few Led Zep albums
     
  18. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident

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    You know what I really like about this song besides the main riff is Bonham's triplets on the hi-hat that he does quite a lot, but when I see the song covered, drummers never play with his nuance.
     
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  19. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    No need to show off ;)
     
  20. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

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    :laugh:
    No.
     
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  21. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

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    The guitar solo is iconic.:-plnktn-:
     
  22. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

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    I don't know about out of tune..........but I do know it's one of the most killer bass sounds ever :thumbsup:
     
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  23. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    I agree, I've loved that guitar break from the first moment I heard it. Dissing it is like being too fastidious by half. If I want Steve Howe, I'll listen to Steve Howe.
     
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  24. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

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    I never noticed it's out of tune.
     
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  25. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

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    And by the way.........the transition from Heartbreaker to Living Loving Maid is one of the greatest in all of rock n roll. :edthumbs:
     

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