The Bass and Guitar Gear You Really Need

Podcast Episode #35

Jason and Daniel celebrate the new resources page by discussing their favorite gear and how they make choices for all levels of playing.

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Glenn Stout

Daniel, you said on the resources podcast that you keep your Tech 21 PBDR SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver DI, with 3 fairly "standard" settings. What settings do you use for each one?


Transcription bass lines

As a bass player I find transcriptions, and even Tab, for bass is very limited. This means we have to rely on the ability to hear the bass line, which is something that can be difficult for the untrained ear or, more commonly, the bass is buried in the mix. What method or program/equipment does Daniel use or recommend for isolating or enhancing the hear-ability of a bass line?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Martin "MO" Overstreet


In my opinion it is best for beginners to play with out amps. Just the sound acousticly from the bass this is how you develop tone.

Fishman aura spectrum DI

Hello Jason,

I’m interested in the fishman aura spectrum, just wondered what thoughts you had on it? Something worth getting to use when playing at church? Thanks for your help!

I just bought one a month ago

and was planning to do a review on it. I love it! I generally use it live with the mic signal blended in around 11:00. It's better for fingerpicking and light strumming than really digging in though it works for that too.