One of the first upright players who switched to electric bass.
- Heavily modified Fender Precision Bass (image)
- Gibson EB-2 (image)
- Multiple Citron Electroacoustic basses (image, he even has a signature model)
His 5-string guitars are in the relatively peculiar EADGC tuning (i.e. a high C instead of a low B), to ease his chordal work.
Tone / technique
He’s been using pick since the very first moment he switched from upright, due to tonal preference.
Swallow’s tone differs between the years, but one thing is constant - he relies a lot on the highs to achieve a gentle and melodic sound, which cuts through the mix. Sometimes he hits the string harder, which (expectedly) slightly distorts the tone.
See my Spotify playlist.