This article series is about the tools of popular guitarists and bassists. What are their favorite guitars or basses and how is it related to them? This time with Justin Biggs (Sorcerer).
I currently play a Fender American Deluxe Precision bass, in a 5 string. I believe it is from 2001. I started out playing Fenders, as I was finding my footing as a bassist. I started on a late 90’s, red, 5 string, Fender Jazz bass. I would spend most of my adolescent time, in school, noodling with this bass, learning tracks by Iron Maiden, Primus, Metallica, Pink Floyd and various other bands. I later went through various Ibanez, Samick, Woodo, and Jackson basses, but always found myself coming back to the classic P Bass.
I love it for its sound. Period. It is an iconic instrument and just has the look and feel I need. As of recent years, there have been many new manufacturers, creating their take on the iconic bass. Most notably Dingwall, and their Super P bass, which has an impressive growl when the nick pickup is fully open. They have shortened the scale slightly which gives a more vibrant sound, and clarity, in the lower strings. A bass I would love to someday own and use on tour. For now, I am quite happy with my Fender. It is the classic, and P basses started here, an instrument I rely on heavily in the studio and on the road. Like I said, I could use the Dingwall, and maybe put my Fender into retirement. Wishful thinking!
In terms of effects or pedal board, mine is fairly minimalistic. I have a Korg Pitch Black tuner, a Darkglass B7K Ultra for my distortion, and a Boss NS-2 Noise Gate. That’s it! I have used that on the road and at home in the studio. It works very well, and there is no need to make things more complicated than they are. The amp I use in the rehearsal room, is a borrowed Ampeg SVT Classic Head and an Ampeg SVT 8×10 Cabinet. It is also, generally, what I ask for in our technical rider, when playing gigs.
Pic: Marieke Verschuren