TONE ZONE

By Brad Sarno

Matt Hebert—Xtra Ticket

Matt Hebert, pronounced A-Bear, plays with 4 main bass guitars. First is a Guild Starfire II 4-string named Emmy Lou. She’s strung with D’Addario EXL170M flatwounds. Next is his Fender USA Jazz Bass 4-string named Patsy. Patsy is strung with D’Addario ENR71 semi-flats and uses Duncan Quarter Pounder pickups. Next next is a Fender Precision 4-string bass named Tanya. She uses EMG Geezer Butler pickups and is strung with Rotosound RS77LD monel flat wound strings. Finally we meet Loretta, a Tobias active 6-string bass guitar strung with DR Sunbeams NMR6 round wounds.

Amp-wise, Matt uses a Tech21 SansAmp RBI preamp, a MarkBass Little Mark amp head, MarkBass 2×10” and MarkBass 15” speaker cabinet. Matt mostly plays with his fingers but sometimes uses an Ernie Ball 1.5mm yellow pick for its percussive attack.

Jerry Saracini—Forgotten Space

Jerry’s Setup Includes:

Gretsch, DW, Mapex, and/or Ludwig drums; 22” Kick, 10, 12, 14, and 16 inch Toms, and a 14” snare.   For heads:  the kick drum has a Remo Powerstroke P3 Clear on the batter side and a Remo Ambassador Ebony on the resonant side, with port hole.  The snare has a Remo Ambassador Coated on the batter side and a Remo Ambassador Clear Snare Side on the resonant side.  The Toms have Remo Ambassadors coated on the batter side and a Remo Ambassador clear on the resonant side. He muffles/dampens the kick drum with a Standard Black kick drum pillow; the Snare has Moongel Damper Pads, as do the toms.  

The Cymbals include a 20” Zildjian ride, an 18” Zildjian crash/ride, a 17” Zildjian crash, an 18” Zildjian crash, and 14” Zildjian high hats.  His hardware includes Pearl, Yamaha, DW, and/or Mapex stands, and a DW 5000 pedal.  He uses an LP Cowbell.

For sticks, he uses Vic Firth American Custom SD9 Drivers (wood tip) and Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5As (wood tip).

Brad Sarno is a musician and inventor. With his wife Auset, he runs Sarno Music Solutions, which creates equipment that, among other things, allows guitarists to sound like a certain well known former Grateful Dead guitarist. He is the ideal guy to write the Tone Zone.