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Victor Wooten redefines the word musician. Regaled as one of the most influential bassists since Jaco Pastorius, Victor is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He is an innovator on the bass guitar, as well as a talented composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. I remember my first Wooten concert - I was so close I was touching the stage. It was an incredible show and ever since then I've been hooked. Not only is Victor the best bass player around, he has some awesome bass gear. His Fedora gear is mouth watering. Let's take a look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Victor Wooten's Bass Rig.

 

 

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Basses

Victor Wooten's main bass is this 1983 Fodera Monarch Deluxe. It's made of curly and rock maple, Honduras mahogany, and East Indian rosewood. The pick-ups are EMG's and I've added a Kahler tremelo.

Wooten's Fodera Monarch Tenor Bass is tuned A-D-G-C.

Wooten's Yin-Yang basses are also made by Fodera Guitars. He has fretted and fretless 4-strings which are tuned E-A-D-G and a fretted 5-string which he usually tunes E-A-D-G-C. The 5-string also has a Yamaha MIDI converter with a breath controller attached to it.

Online there is a rare picture of Victor Wooten playing a Steinberger bass.

Victor has a 5-string fretless, that was made by Joe Compito. It has a Mahogany body with a Purpleheart top. Joe also made a fretted 6 string for Victor.

Victor also has a few other basses. He has a Fodera 6-string Monarch, a NYC 4-string, Kubicki Factor, Keith Roscoe 5-String, an Alembic Series 1 (his first 'good' bass), Ken Lawrence nylon-string tenor, a Nechville "Banjo Bass', and a couple of upright acoustic basses.

 

Amplifiers and Cabinets

- In 2009 Victor began using/endorsing Hartke amps and cabs. Up until this point, he mainly used Ampeg

- Hartke LH1000 amplifier head

Hartke LH Series LH1000 1000 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head

- two Hartke Hydrive 410 cabinets

Hartke HyDrive Series 410 1000W 4x10

- two Hartke Hydrive 115 cabinets

Hartke HyDrive Series 115 500W 1x15

- Ampeg Bass Amplifier Heads

Ampeg SVT-4PRO Tube Bass Amp Head

- Ampeg BXT-410HL and BXT-115HL Cabinets

Note: It appears these cabs aren't being made anymore.  The svt cab is pictured here.

Ampeg SVT-410HLF Classic Series Bass Cabinet

 

 

Effects and other Music Equipment

- Roland Sound Canvas (Used to play sustained notes and chords on tunes like "Stomping Grounds" and his solo spot in the show)

- Furman Power Conditioner

Furman PL-Pro C Power Conditioner

- Shure in-ear monitors

- BOSS GT-6B Multi-Effects pedal

Boss GT-10B Multi-Effects Pedal

- EBS Envelope Filter

EBS BassIQ Triple Envelope Filter Pedal

- MidiMix controller

- Lexicon Jamman (uses a Lexicon pedal to control the Jamman. The lexicon is the older brother to the digitech, which is pictured below)

DigiTech JML2 JamMan Stereo Looper and Phrase Sampler Guitar Effects Pedal

- BOSS RC-20XL

Boss RC-30 Loop Station

- Source Audio Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion

- Rodenburg Boost Pedal

- Peterson StroboStomp Tuner pedal

 

 

 

Strings

- Fodera Victor Wooten Signature Strings

- D'Addario XL-220 bass guitar strings

D'Addario EXL220 XL Nickel Round Wound Super Light Bright Electric Bass Strings
 

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