How does Petey Dammit (Thee Oh Sees) make his guitar sound like a bass?

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  1. mapadofu

    mapadofu TDPRI Member

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    I just got into Thee Oh Sees, apparently their "bassist" plays a guitar, even though it sounds like a bass to me:




    In interviews, he's said that it's mostly just that he plays it through a bass amp, but there is one little tweak, that he wants to keep secret. I suspect that it is not an octaver pedal.

    Anyone have theories/guesses as to what his secret might be?
     
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  2. andrewnelles

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    I've wondered as well. The last show of theirs I saw, I noticed he was pretty much only using an EQ pedal. Looked like it was boosting the low end and cutting the high.
     
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    Looks to me he has HEAVY strings, expecially the low E. Probably has it detuned quite a bit.
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    Baritone guitar.

    He's obviously tuning down (he's playing an F on the fifth fret). Looks like an extended scale instrument as well.
     
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    Might be a baritone neck? Or heavy strings tuned down an octave ish? Sounds like my bassing on a baritone anywho
     
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    Looks like a regular Jazzmaster to me. Not a baritone. Just heavy strings and detuned, through a bass amp.
     
  7. mapadofu

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    In the videos, his jazzmaster looks regular scale to me, but I think its harder to be certain when you can't see it in person.

    I haven't tried to assess whether he down tunes or not (yet).

    I've had a thought: maybe flat-wound strings?
     
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    Baritone jazzies don't have bound necks that I have seen?

    Great sound this band is getting. Is the frontman allergic to wood?
     
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    Octave pedal?
     
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    Is it possible that he put the bridge down there where a Jaguar's is onto the Jazzmaster body, keeping the Jazzmaster length neck? This would lengthen the scale substantially, at least into baritone territory.
     
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    Gibson does make a baritone SG and Fender makes the Modified Bass VI baritone. Tuned an octave lower than a regular guitar. Using heavy gauge strings probably.
     
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    well, Brigid used to carry a lot of the low end weight before Petey was in the band, but turn up your low end add some fuzz that's how i've accomplished this in the past. i mean, it helps that John plays with hardly any low end.
     
  13. Warren Pederson

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    all those things. as also mentioned, I bet he's got an octave pedal going too.
     
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    I made this little thing from and old violin. I used bass pickups and heavy strings. Sounds like a bass through a bass amp. 25 inch scale.
     

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    Now this IS cool! I wonder what I did with that old beat up violin I had? I feel a project coming up.
     
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    Must be the head bobbing. I get a sore neck just watching.
     
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    Christ, what a terrible terrible band. My band is better than that, and we are sloppy and under rehearsed at the best of times. Perhaps if we all failed artschool and wore quirky, undersized vintage clothes we too could get a slot at the next hipster festival and play to equally gormless white people in the desert somewhere. Urgh. That whole nouveau-psychedelia movement makes my skin crawl. This band offers nothing that hasn't been done better, elsewhere before.

    Judging by this moronic, sloppy music, I doubt the guitarist put a lot of effort into making his guitar sound like a bass. Probably he is using flatwound strings, and possibly an EHX Pog or something. He is using an Ampeg SVT in the video. That keyboard player really knows how to cut loose.
     
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    Excellent answer to the question, thanks for sharing.
     
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    It looks like an ordinary 25.5" scale Jazzmaster, to me.

    I didn't hear any amazing and unusual guitar sounds - I was just wondering what a skinhead is doing playing in a band full of hippies.
     
  20. mapadofu

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    Could you point me to some artists that have done it better before?
     
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