Gene Simmons is more than just a reality tv star with a long tongue. Gene is one of the founding members of hard rock super group Kiss (who didn't know that!). For quite some time we have wanted to do an article on Gene's bass gear, but it can be hard to find details. Gene has said in interviews that literally any bass and amplifier "will do". While Gene may think that is true, he has been known to rely on certain pieces of bass equipment in his rig.
Let's look at some of the gear and equipment that has been seen in Gene Simmons's more recent Kiss bass rig.
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- Gene Simmons Punisher bass (Cort version pic below)
- Gene Simmons Axe bass (check out the Cort version below)
- Kramer and Jackson Axe Basses
- BC Rich Punisher bass
- Spector Brooklyn Era SB-1 basses (late 1970's. Mods: gloss black paint, white binding,shaved down horns into points)
- Gibson Grabber basses
- Pedulla basses
Amps and Cabinets
- Ampeg SVT-CL bass amp heads
- Ampeg SVT-810E bass 8x10 cabinets
Gene has said in interviews that he uses nothing for pedals and effects