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Old 02-20-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Aguilar Amps and Cabinets for Adam?

I did notice that Adam seems to have gone with Aguilar amps, at least judging by The Brit Awards pictures and video that I've seen.


Interesting, as he seemed very happy with the Ashdown amps. Wonder why the change or if he's just experimenting for this song while doing the awards shows? Maybe he used them in the studio so "why not" for the Awards shows but back to the Ashdowns for the tour? Combination of Ashdown and Aguilar for the tour?

Time will tell.

Great to see that Adam is getting more into his gear that it's 'seemed' in the past. He's got the Aguilar amps, the two Warwick basses, some new (to him) vintage Fender Jazz and Precision bass guitars...

Looking forward to hearing what he's got to say about Aguilar and the other new gear once he is featured in Bass Player magazine, as usually happens each album/tour cycle. (Hopefully sooner than later.)
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I was pretty surprised when I saw that Buzzard thing in the U2.com videos. Hes pretty much a Fender (or Lakland, but they're effectively fender copies) guy after all.

New stuff is always fun though.


What type of amps did he used before the Ashdowns?
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I was pretty surprised when I saw that Buzzard thing in the U2.com videos. Hes pretty much a Fender (or Lakland, but they're effectively fender copies) guy after all.

New stuff is always fun though.


What type of amps did he used before the Ashdowns?

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Sorry I mean before the Ashdowns.

Or has he always used them?? I have no idea about Adams stuff.
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Before the Ashdowns, I believe he was a typical Ampeg/SVT guy. Not too sure.

I'm curious about the Aguilars, too. I liked his Ashdown tone, personally.

I just wish he'd bring back his Taurus pedals!!!

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Sorry I mean before the Ashdowns.

Or has he always used them?? I have no idea about Adams stuff.
He started with the Ashdown's in 2000/2001.
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This is painful to read.

I think MooMoo! wants to know what Adam used before Ashdown.
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This is painful to read.

I think MooMoo! wants to know what Adam used before Ashdown.
Ha! Like I said a few posts up, probably SVTs.
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Ha! Like I said a few posts up, probably SVTs.
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BOY thru WAR = Ampeg SVT400 watt – 8x10 bass stack: Ran both direct and mic’d with Sennheiser MD421

THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE tour = Amp SVT head ( used just as preamp), (4) Harbinger cabinets [(4) w/15" speakers], JBL 2410 high freq. drivers, (2) BGW 750Bs and BGW 250B.

THE JOSHUA TREE tour = BGW amp (not sure if it was the 750 or 250) into (4) Harbinger cabinets.

ZOOTV = (2) Alembic F-28 per-amps. Ampeg SVT-II P(2) C-Audio RA3000 Power Amps, C-Audio RA2000 power amp, (2) pairs of JBL Speakers [4755A & 4745A

ZOOROPA tour = Carver power amp, SVT cabinets, which he had since around BOY (He began experimenting with SWR cabinets and later went to them for Popmart)

POPMART = a variety of SWR cabinets ("Tailored to match each specific hall" - per Bass Player magazine [Dec 2000], Rocktron patchmate pre-amp,


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Yeah. Thanks.
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The Lakland, natural finish with black pickguard, is back for the Echo awards! It sounds better, I gotta admit that.
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The Lakland, natural finish with black pickguard, is back for the Echo awards! It sounds better, I gotta admit that.
Have you a picture of said Lakland from said show to share (and/or video linkie)?

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The Lakland, natural finish with black pickguard, is back for the Echo awards! It sounds better, I gotta admit that.
Not sure about that. Looks more like a Fender Precision bass with redish tortoise pick guard.





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Hm, you're right. I couldn't see it on my tv properly because ofcourse they NEVER give us decent Adam footage. nobody cares for the bassplayer!

This is even better! Adam playing the Precisions live again! Seems like a new one, I like the red pickguard. Fancy.
Most likely will have a Jazzneck tho.
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Here's a clearer pic Definately a Precision!



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Adam is such a pimp.
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Here's a clearer pic Definately a Precision!



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Are my eyes deceiving me, is there a bit of gold sparkle flake in that finish or just natural wood?

The Precision, like the Jazz is a classic bass. Hope to see this and the other Fenders live... but it'd rock to see the (2) Warwicks and if they play "Mofo" or another 'Pop' album tune, the Auerswald!
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Adam is indeed a pimp. Listen to all of the tracks on NLOTH... LOADS of fantastic bass lines.
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Are my eyes deceiving me, is there a bit of gold sparkle flake in that finish or just natural wood?

The Precision, like the Jazz is a classic bass. Hope to see this and the other Fenders live... but it'd rock to see the (2) Warwicks and if they play "Mofo" or another 'Pop' album tune, the Auerswald!
It doesn't look completely natural to me either. Not sure if it's a sparkle flake, or something else though.

I hope to see him play a precision on tour again, since it's a great bass. The Warwicks would be cool. Damn, Mofo! Even the THOUGHT of them playing it live already makes me hyper.

I haven't heard the album yet, but NLOTH2 has a FANTASTIC bassline. I'm definately excited for the tour, and I'm sure Adam has had lessons. His playing is so much better than Bomb.
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The thing about HTDAAB was, I couldnt bloody hear him to know whether he was good or not!

Certainly heard him live though.
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