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JASON's EQUIPMENT CHRONOLOGY



MASTER OF PUPPETS TOUR

Bass guitars
Unknown bass
- Black body, 4 strings
- Can be seen: "Garage Days Re-revisited" cover

For the "Master of Puppets" gigs Jason also played with Cliff's basses.


GARAGE DAYS RE-REVISITED

Bass guitars:

Aria Pro II
- This bass belongs to Cliff
- Can be seen: "Garage Inc." booklet

ESP Bass
- Red, 5 strings, 24 frets, dot inlays
- 2 JZ pickups
- Plated hardware, Metallica sticker

Hamer 8 strings bass
- Black, converted to 4 strings
- 2 pickups


MONSTERS OF ROCK TOUR

Bass guitars

ESP B-1 black
- 4 strings
- Alder body
- Bolt-on maple neck,
- White binding on neck
- Rosewood fingerboard with 21XJ frets and dot inlays
- black hardware and 4 String Deluxe Bass bridge
- Pickups: Basslines SMB w/STC Active EQ


... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL TOUR

Bass guitars

Alembic Custom Serie II
- Top grafted walnut laminate, 4 strings
- Never used live

Alembic 20th Aniversary (x2)
- Top walnut laminate, 4 strings
- Never used live

Alembic Elan
- Black, 5 strings
- Oval inlays
- 2 Alembic P pickups (middle), 2 Alembic JZ pickups (bridge & neck)
- 5 maple + 3 Deluxe purpleheart neck laminates
- Maple body, Flame maple top, Bird tailpiece, Ebony fingerboard
- Gold hardware, Gold Alembic Gotoh machine heads
- Brass truss rod cover, Elan peghead (4+1)
- Solid 14 K gold Alembic logo, Uncut sticker
- Electronics converted to Series II

Alembic Spoiler #1
- Zebrawood top, 4 strings
- 2 Alembic JZ pickups, 24 frets, neck through body
- Ebony fingerboard, oval inlays, 32" scale

WAL
- Black, 5 strings
- Natural finish headstock and extrange shape
- 2 pickups, 2 neck laminates, gold machine heads
- Can be seen: "One" video

Unknown Black 4 strings bass
- 2 pickups, 21 frets


METALLICA

Bass guitars

Alembic Spoiler #2
- Blackclear paint, 4 strings, side LEDīs in red
- Black Tahitian mop ovals inlays
- Long scale (34 inches)
- Ebony fingerboard, cone headstock, maple body
- Transparent gloss color finish
- Black Alembic Gotoh machine heads
- Gold plated hardware, gold strap locks
- Back of the neck finished clear with a satin rubour
- Electronics converted to Series II electronics

Alembic Europa #1
- Blackclear paint, 5 strings
- Black Tahitian mop ovals inlays
- Long scale (34 inches)
- Series II electronics (SC-1 w/hx pickups, Side LEDīs in red)
- 4 maple + 3 Deluxe purpleheart neck laminates
- Europa inline peghead (4+1)
- Gold plated logo and script
- Ebony fingerboard, maple body
- Transparent gloss color finish
- Black Alembic Gotoh machine heads
- Gold plated hardware, Gold strap locks
- Back of the neck finished clear with a satin rubour

Alembic Europa #2
- 4 strings
- Black Tahitian mop ovals inlays
- Never used live

Alembic Europa #3
- Black, 6 strings
- Black Tahitian mop ovals inlays
- Cone peghead shape (3+3)
- Bar tailpiece
- 6 maple + 5 Deluxe purpleheart neck laminates
- Used to play "Sad But True" during "Black Album" gigs

Alembic Europa #4
- 10 strings
- Black Tahitian mop ovals inlays
- Never used live

Amps
Tour:
- 4 Ampeg 300-watt heads
- Several old Ampeg SVT 8x10 cabinets

Studio:
- 18" SVR for the low end.
- Marshall guitar cabinet with a Trace Elliot for the mid/high.
- Old Ampeg SVT head and cabinet for the meat of the sound.


SHIT HITS THE SHEDS TOUR (1994)

Bass guitars

Stuart Spector SP5
- Black, 5 strings
- Piezo bridge and electronic, side LEDīs in red
- Neck Thru body
- 2 EMG/CS pickups


LOAD

Bass guitars

Sadowsky Vintage #1
- Lake Placid Blue, 4 strings
- Alder body, morado fingerboard

Sadowsky Vintage #2
- Lake Placid Blue, 5 strings
- Alder body, morado fingerboard

Sadowsky Vintage #3
- Black, 4 strings
- Ash body

Sadowsky PJ #1
- Cherry Sunburst, 4 strings

Sadowsky PJ #2
- Caramel Sunburst, 4 strings

Sadowsky Vintage (x2) #4 & #5
- Black, 5 strings

Sadowsky Vintage #6
- Cherry Sunburst, 5 strings

Sadowsky
- Black, 5 strings
- 24 frets, EMG-40J pickups (x2)


RE-LOAD

Bass guitars

Guild acoustic bass
- Used for the acoustic sets of the "ReLoad" gigs.


GARAGE INC. / S&M

Bass guitars
Same as on previous albums


SUMMER SANITARIUM YOUR

Bass guitars
Same as on previous tours

Amps
- Ampeg SVT III (x4)
- Ampeg SVT 8"x10" pro speaker cabinets
- Ampeg ISO Vent 10"x15" speaker cabinets
- Ampeg B-15 combo amp

Effects
- Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
- Boss Flanger BF-2
- Mu-Tron III Bass Pedal
- Electro Harmonix Big Muff


Jason's Sadowsky bass guitars (unless otherwise noted):
Jason Newsted owns nine of Roger Sadowsky's handcrafted basses: four 4-strings and five 5-strings. He carries eight of them on the road, while one resides at his home studio. (All of the road instruments sport maple fingerboards.) The 4's include a Lake Placid Blue Vintage model with an alder body and a morado fingerboard, a black Vintage model with an ash body, and two PJ models with quilted-maple tops (one cherry sunburst and one caramel sunburst). The 5's include three Vintage models (two black, one cherry sunburst) and two black 24-fret models with EMG-40J pickups. To accommodate Jason's aggressive, downstroke-heavy pick attack, Sadowsky places the neck pickup on the 24-fret models about an inch closer to the neck than normal. All Vintage models include Sadowsky exposed-polepiece pickups, and every bass features the Sadowsky preamp. Each also has a special modification; Roger Sadowsky explains.

"Jason voiced his concerns about moisture and reliability; apparently some of his basses were having an intermittent output, and when his tech would remove the output-jack plate, water would literally run out of the control cavity! The guys in the band don't like to be cold while they play, so they don't use the air conditioning during a concert. It turns out the humidity levels at the shows are so high from the heat, water runs down the front of the amplifiers! And moisture was building up inside the control cavities from condensation.

"Our solution was to put a thin rubber gasket on the back of the control-cavity plates and underneath the football-shaped output-jack plate. We also sealed the holes going from the pickup cavities to the control cavities with silicone sealant to keep any moisture that might come in through the pickup routs from flowing into the cavities.

"Everything else is stock. We didn't charge Jason any extra for the waterproofing service - but at the same time, I really want people to know he paid full price for eight instruments. I sent him the ninth bass as a gift. He didn't try to do the typical artist-endorsement thing with me; he was a real mensch.


 
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