In a February 28, 2013 interview for [MusicRadar](http://www.musicradar.com/n... more
In a February 28, 2013 interview for MusicRadar, Nate Mendel had this to say about his signature P Bass, based on his 1971 P Bass:
"I found this 71 Fender P-Bass back in the early 90s and I loved it. I discovered that it was this rare model that they'd made in 1971 with a different type of neck - it was like a thinner version of the P-Bass neck, perhaps a little bit closer to the Jazz Bass. I really liked it, it was super easy to play and it was just a great sounding bass and I played it on 10 years-worth of records.
"[Eventually] Fender made some copies for me, just in case something happened to that one. Then a couple of years ago I thought, 'This is a great bass, maybe they'd be interested in making some more of them and maybe stamping my name on it...' So I called them up and they were receptive to it and we got to work on all the details."
In 2012, Fender caught up with Nate Mendel to talk about his signature bass on YouTube.
"I played all of Wasting Light on a Lakland [Bob Glaub Signature]. We tried a... more
"I played all of Wasting Light on a Lakland [Bob Glaub Signature]. We tried a few different basses, but we found the sound that worked best. We’d change the EQ to get the bass to fit in the mix. I love Lakland basses, and I’m using them on tour for drop-D tunings right now. But I’m a bit more comfortable playing Fender basses, so I’ve gone back to playing those for most of the set." This can be read at this link. http://www.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/nate-mendel-with-the-foo-fighters/26511
For the video of "Best Of You" Nate uses a Gibson Ripper Bass more
For the video of "Best Of You" Nate uses a Gibson Ripper Bass
In this Foo Fighters' video we can see Nate playing a Fender Precision Bass more
In this Foo Fighters' video we can see Nate playing a Fender Precision Bass
Nate is an [Ashdown artist](http://ashdownmusic.com/artists/1/Nate-Mendel/). ... more
Nate is an Ashdown artist. The Ashdown products he uses are detailed on their website, including images of him using them.
In this video we can see an Ampeg STV 810 behind Nate, but with the logo cove... more
In this video we can see an Ampeg STV 810 behind Nate, but with the logo covered
In this video from Foo Fighters we can see an Ampeg SVT-VR head behind Nate, ... more
In this video from Foo Fighters we can see an Ampeg SVT-VR head behind Nate, with the 810 SVT cabinet down
In this Foo Fighters' video, we can see an Ashdown 810 ABM cabinet behind Nate more
In this Foo Fighters' video, we can see an Ashdown 810 ABM cabinet behind Nate
Nate can be seen here rocking in front of his pedalboard, which is in the bot... more
Nate can be seen here rocking in front of his pedalboard, which is in the bottom left hand side of the image. You can just make out a Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner in the upper right hand corner of the board.
“For years I was really frustrated because my band is really loud; drummers l... more
“For years I was really frustrated because my band is really loud; drummers loud, guitar players are loud, and in order try and reach that volume with that much low end, in trying to do that every amp I used would just fall apart, and the Ashdown didn’t.” - Nate Mendel at :50s.
"I use a Fulltone overdrive pedal on one song, but I’m not using many pedals ... more
"I use a Fulltone overdrive pedal on one song, but I’m not using many pedals these days. Now that we have three guitar players [Grohl, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear]"
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