Ross Kratter

Bass Player, Composer, Arranger


Equipment of Choice

There is a LOT of great gear out there. This page details what I choose to use.


String Basses

My real bass is a 1938 Kay S-51. It was originally a 5-string bass, which was converted to a 4-string before I purchased it from David Gage. I use the AMT S26 microphone, which sounds amazing. It's just the bass, but louder. In situations where there might be too much feedback or bleed, or there's no time to do a proper soundcheck, I also have a David Gage Realist on my bass. In some situations, I might send the mic to FOH and the pickup to my amp, but in most situations I'm sending the mic to both. I do this via a Radial StageBug SB-48UB, which gives the microphone its required phantom power, and has separate XLR and 1/4" outputs. My bow quiver was made by Mike Weatherly, one of the luthiers at David Gage's shop.

In some louder situations, in tight pits, and for certain types of music, I also have an Eminence electric-upright bass.

Both of these instruments are strung with the La Bella 7720S solo tuning set, tuned standard. These are the best sounding and feeling strings I have ever played. They make my bass sing.

The two electric basses I play most - my Fodera Monarch 6 custom and my Warwick Steve Bailey signature fretless 6.

The two electric basses I play most - my Fodera Monarch 6 custom and my Warwick Steve Bailey signature fretless 6.

ELectric Basses

I have a lot of electric basses. The main two that you'll see me playing on a regular basis are my custom Fodera Monarch 6-string fretted bass (specs and photos here) and my Warwick Steve Bailey Signature 6-string fretless bass. These two are both strung with the La Bella RX-S6A set, which are stainless steel roundwounds. These are the best feeling and sounding roundwound strings I've ever played, and they stay remarkably well in tune. I've had many situations where I had to change strings either right before a show, or between shows on a two-show day, and they stay very nicely in tune as soon as I put them on my basses.

I also have a Lakland 55-01, Fender Precision and Jazz Basses, a Hofner 500/1C63 Violin Bass, and a Yamaha BB425X 5-string P/J, among others. These are strung with various other La Bella sets, mostly flatwounds. La Bella is known for their flats, and for good reason - they simply feel and sound the best.

Mas Hino does all of the work on my electric basses. He's simply the best.

For my money, the best bass rig on the market.

For my money, the best bass rig on the market.

Amplification, Effects, monitoring, etc.

I am really, really proud to use one of the absolute best bass rigs on the market, the Phil Jones Bass Suitcase Compact BG-400 Combo and Compact 4 extension cabinet. When I run just the combo, it runs at 300 watts. When I add the C4 cabinet, the rig runs at 575 watts. Phil's amps are completely transparent, with zero coloration. When I play string bass through his rigs, I can't even tell I'm using an amp. It's the bass, just louder.

In situations where I'm able to, I use Ultimate Ears UE-18 molded in-ear monitors. They have 6 drivers in either side. My basses sound exactly the same through these as they do through my PJB rig, which speaks immensely for the transparency of the PJB rig.

I have a pedalboard that only comes out sometimes, more often on electric jobs than string bass jobs. On it are an Ernie Ball VPJR volume pedal, a Peterson Stomp Classic strobe tuner, an EBS OctaBass, a MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe, a MXR Bass Envelope Filter, and, for the sake of total transparency, a Radial ProDI.