Basses

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5HH

Danny customized his primary ‘go-to’ bass guitar with an cherry blossom and lotus flower themed Alperious pickguard as well as cherry blossom inlays on the neck and body. He even named this bass “Sakura”, which is Japanese for ‘cherry blossom’.

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5HH Special

This bass is loaded with flat-wound strings, so Danny uses it mostly for beefy, retro bass tone. He customized this bass with a star-themed Alperious pickguard and abalone star fretboard markers. Danny named this bass “Bootsy” in honor of the influential talent and style of Bootsy Collins.

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5H Fretless

Danny’s main fretless bass is named “Maullar” (Spanish for ‘meow’) because of the mewl and growl that fretless basses are known for. This bass was originally a fretted model, but converted to fretless for Danny by the expert guitar techs at 13th Street Guitars in Huntington Beach, CA. Danny also enhanced this bass with a custom rosewood and steel Alperious pickguard.

Fender American Professional II Precision 5

This bass provides that instantly identifiable P-bass sound that adorns so many iconic recordings. Danny named this American Fender Precision 5 bass “Ehukai”, which is Hawaiian for ‘sea spray’ because he customized it with an ocean wave theme, including an Alperious pickguard and blue abalone fretboard markers.

Willcox Lightwave Saber 5

Danny named this bass “Nerd” because it has a high-tech optical pickup in the bridge instead of a traditional magnetic pickup as well as an on-board midi converter. He uses this bass for mostly for funk slapping and for creating synth bass lines along with his Roland GR-55 guitar synth. Danny enhanced his Nerd bass with a video game theme, including Space Invaders fret markers.

Michael Kelly Custom Dragonfly 5 Fretless Acoustic

Depending on the technique used, this fretless acoustic bass sounds quite a bit like a traditional stand-up bass, so Danny often uses this bass for live gigs and recording sessions where a stand-up bass isn’t practical. He named this bass “Blondie” due to the striking honey-toned finish on the body.

Other Instruments

  • Lanikai tenor, concert, and soprano ukuleles
  • Novation Ultranova synthesizer
  • Roland GR-55 bass/guitar synth

Touring Bass Rig

  • Kemper Profiler Powerhead amplifier
  • Schroeder 212PL bass cabinet
  • Kemper Remote foot controller
  • Gator 6u rack case
  • Source Audio C4 Synth pedal
  • Future Impact synth pedal
  • Source Audio Ultrawave Bass distortion pedal
  • Source Audio Spectrum filter pedal
  • TC Electronic Mimiq doubler pedal
  • Shure QLXD wireless receiver
  • Shure PSM900 IEM transmitter
  • Sensaphonics in-ear monitors
  • TC Helicon VoiceLive Extreme III vocal processor

Bass Rig for Fly-in Shows

  • Genz-Benz Shuttle 9.0 amplifier
  • Zoom B1X-Four multi-effects processor
  • Aguilar DB599 mini bass compressor
  • TC Electronic Spark mini booster pedal
  • TC Electronic Mimiq mini doubler pedal
  • Shure GLXD16 wireless guitar system
  • Shure PSM300 IEM transmitter
  • Sensaphonics in-ear monitors
  • TC Helicon VoiceLive Extreme III vocal processor