Deftones' Stephen Carpenter showcases his 5-string bass chops in new Needles and Pins playthrough

Since the surprise arrival of an official playthrough video for Ceremony – taken from blockbuster new album Ohms – Deftones have posted a string of clips that offer a close-up look at guitarist Stephen Carpenter’s wrecking-ball riffs.

Now, the alt-metal trailblazers have dropped a fresh video of 2003’s Needles and Pins, which features a surprise bass performance from the eight-string-keen player.

Playing a – what else? – ESP five-string bass, Carpenter reveals the secret to the self-titled album cut’s gnarly distorted tone, as he sticks to riffing on the bass’s upper register, which allowed late bassist Chi Cheng to hold down the low-end on his four-string.

As per previous playthroughs, Stef is using a Line 6 Helix for his tones, and also gives a shoutout to Fishman, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, Orange, Fryette Amplification, ENGL, Rivera Amplification and SYNERGY.

The video is the latest in a series of playthroughs from Carpenter, which includes performances of OhmsGenesis, as well as Koi No Yokan’s Swerve City and Romantic Dreams.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.