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BILL IS A CLASSICALLY TRAINED BASSIST WHO HAS BEEN PLAYING MOST OF HIS LIFE. BILL SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD GROWING UP IN NEW YORK CITY AS WELL AS ON A PLANTATION IN GEORGIA AND ENJOYS NEW COUNTRY MUSIC AS IT COMBINES THE BEST OF THE HEAVY ROCK HE HEARD IN NEW YORK ALONG WITH THE TRADITIONAL COUNTRY AND SOUTHERN BLUES HE LISTENED TO IN GEORGIA. IN HIS SPARE TIME, BILL ALSO STUDIES CLASSICAL PIANO AND COMPOSES

ON STAGE, BILL USES A CUSTOM BUILT B.C. RICH MOCKINGBIRD BASS ALONG WITH AN IBANEZ TR505 5-STRING AND AN IBANEZ SR400 4-STRING. BILL USES A BI-AMP SYSTEM POWERED BY A GALLIEN KRUEGER 800RB POWER HEAD INTO HARTKE 410XL AND 115XL CABINETS. FOR TONE SHAPING AND EFFECTS PROCESSING, BILL USES AN ART SGX NIGHTBASS SE 24-BIT DIGITAL PROCESSOR AND AN ALESIS 3630 COMPRESSOR/LIMITER CONTROLLED BY AN ART X-15 MIDI FOOT CONTROLLER. BILL USES DR HIGH BEAMS AND D'ADDARIO XL BASS STRINGS. AT HOME BILL COMPOSES ON AN ALESIS QS8 DIGITAL SYNTHESIZER AS WELL AS ON VARIOUS YAMAHA ELECTRIC, ACOUSTIC, AND CLASSICAL GUITARS.

BILL THOMPSON

BASS GUITAR

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