“I’ve let a few well-known bassists loose on Lemmy's rig, but no-one sounds close to him”: According to his bass tech, dialing in Lemmy's overdriven tone isn't easy

Lemmy of Motorhead performs on stage at Hellfest Festival on June 20, 2010 in Clisson, France.
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“I'm made for bass – I'm supposed to play bass, that's what I'm supposed to do,” said lan ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, who departed for the great gig in the sky in December 2015.

Born the son of a clergyman in 1945, Lemmy – said to be so nicknamed because of his habit of borrowing cash from his bandmates, we're told, although this was never fully confirmed – indulged in the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle with as much commitment as any of the elite.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.