today, right here in studio A of our recording spot, a mighty battle was waged. the fight was between the new signature model bass, named “like a boss,” and the O.G. recording bass “lettuce.” first, a little back-story.
lettuce was one of the original mark hoppus prototype basses when fender and i started collaborating on ideas. something special happened in the fender custom shop when they created that bass. it just sounds incredible. it has appeared on take off your pants and jacket, the untitled blink-182 album, motion city soundtrack, new found glory, socratic, something for rockets, the fall out boy remix, our lunar activities, koopa, pretty much everything i’ve recorded bass on in the past 8 years. nothing beats it. ever.
then today, the newest prototype signature model bass arrived at the studio. we named it “like a boss.” it has the new pickup configuration, and plays like no other. so we decided to have a shoot out between the two warriors. one at a time we tracked each bass, using an ampeg svt-classic head, playing through an 810 cabinet. we set up a sennheiser e902 mic, and ran the signal through a neve 1073 mic-pre. no di, no eq, no compression, straight into pro-tools. i played the first verse and chorus of “feeling this.” chris holmes recorded it, and here are the results. no one but chris knows which track is which bass. so here’s your chance to vote. will lettuce reign supreme? will a newer model ascent to the throne? we shall see, my friends. we shall see.
What bass track do you like the best?
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