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Billy Sheehan is a Bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, and Niacin.

Sheehan has won Guitar Player magazine's "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Guitar Player has likened his soloing on the four-string instrument to Eddie Van Halen's on the six-string guitar. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping and controlled feedback. However, Sheehan is also noted as a steady "true" bassist, fulfilling the traditional supportive role of the electric bass.

Let's take a look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Billy Sheehan's Bass Guitar Rig.

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Basses

- Yamaha Billy Sheehan signature Attitude 4 string bass (with aftermarket blue LEDs and laser pointer)

Yamaha Billy Sheehan Signature Attitude 3 Electric Bass Guitar

- Yamaha Billy Sheehan 4-String Electric Bass Guitar

Yamaha Billy Sheehan 4-String Electric Bass Guitar BB714BS

- Hipshot Bass D-tuner

- Taylor 12-string guitar (he "loves" this guitar)

- Yamaha Baritone 12 string guitar

- Yamaha Double-Neck Attitude Bass

- Hagstrom bass (his first bass guitar)

- Fretless Yamaha bass

- Gibson Les Paul TV (Sheehan's first electric guitar)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

 

 

Amplifiers and cabinets

- Hartke - 2 LH1000's, 2 HA5500's, and AK410 cabs

Hartke LH Series LH1000 1000 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp HeadHartke HA Series HA5500C 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp HeadHartke AK Series AK410 500W 8ohm 4x10

- Ampeg SVT-4 Pro bass amplifier head

Ampeg SVT-4PRO Tube Bass Amp Head

- Ampeg 8x10 bass cabinets (two or four depending on show size)

Ampeg SVT-810E Bass Enclosure

- Fender Deluxe Reverb guitar amp (One of Sheehan's first guitar amps)

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Combo Amp

 

 


Effects and things

- Ampeg signature SVP-BSP pre-amps

- Pearce BC-1 solid state dual channel pre-amp (no longer made. He uses it for distorted tones)

- Ashley dual channel compressor

- Nady Wireless Receivers

- Korg Rack Tuner

- Furman power strip

- Rocktron Hush noise gate

Rocktron Hush Pro Guitar Noise Reduction System

- Bradshaw effects send router

- Eventide Eclipse

Eventide Eclipse Multi-Effects Processor

- Emu Vintage Keys (for bass pedal sounds)

- ISP Decimator ProRack

ISP Technologies Decimator ProRack G Noise Reduction System

- Line 6 Relay G50 Wireless

Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System

- Tech 21 Midi Mouse

Tech 21 MIDI Mouse Pedal

- Roland SonicCell

 

 

Strings and Picks

- RotoSound BS66 Bass string set

Rotosound BS66 Billy Sheehan Bass Strings


- Billy also plays guitar. When he plays guitar he has been said to use stone picks made from polished stone

- Some white triangle picks where taped to one of Billy's Hartke cabs......

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