String gauge and distorted tones
I´m a producer and guitar player. I would like to polish some aspects of my skills recording basses... I have some doubts and you are the perfect musician to ask because i really LOVE your playing and tone. Huge fan of your work with NIN, Beck, Meldhau etc... here!
I´m looking for a good distorted bass tone. I´ll start with an SVT CL + Ampeg 4x10 and Marshall Plexi or JCM800 with Marshall 4x12 guitar cab for dirt. The main basses are my 75´P bass and my 69´ Jazz Bass.
In order to get a good crunch from the amps with nice low end without sounding mud my doubts are:
String gauge: I usually put D´Dario Round wounds. 0.45-105 for standard E tuning and 0.45-110 for drop the 4ª string to D. Do you find this gauge good for hard playing and this tuning? I feel good playing this gauge but sometimes i wondering if something softer or harder would be a improvement in tone.
I tend to play hard but controlled with the right hand. It worked for me over the years with the guitar. Since you are a good guitar player also, you are the right person to answer this: Do you find some major differences between a good pick technique in bass and guitar? any thing that is worthy to take care?
When you are using 12" speakers what´s your "go to" model? I´ve read that you used some guitar amp with Ima Robot...
Any advice about how to get a great tone will be welcome.
My English probably sucks, i know... ;-)
A 110 is great for an E string dropping down to D, sure. I don't think changing the gauge much will be a vast improvement. It's all about your touch, the bass, the amp. Basically, everything else in your chain. I don't really know much about pick technique. When I'm playing, I'm not very self-aware about what my right hand is doing, right or wrong. I play both instruments the same.
12" speakers: I love the Fender Tonemaster 2x12, as well as a Laney 2 x 12 I have. Those sound sick for bass as well as guitar.
Your rig sounds excellent to me, man. If I had those things in front of me, I could get an insane bass sound.
Thanks Justin! ;-)
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