Just started on electric bass
I've played double bass for a few years and recently traded an acoustic bass I had at home (didn't play it) for an eletric one. Iam used to the electric world world of guitars (amps/pedals/pickups/VST's/etc) but now I feel a bit lost in the electric bass world :p
I have a few questions if someone wants to help:
- Am I weird for enjoying so much playing the bass straight with no fx (DI, no amp)?
- Is it usual to have the balance set at exactly 50/50 between the P and J pickups? (I only realized that basses usually don't have a pickup selector after I got this bass :D)
- What are the "hot setups/plugins of the moment" regarding a good bass sound on a mix (vst's)? I've been playing with Ampeg SVX and I only like the BA-500 amp model. Sometimes add in fron of it is Chorus.
- Iam using a Line6 UX2 and I don't like any bass amp or preset in there. Can someone share some usable presets?
The other guy/gals will have to help with the settings. I have mine with flats and foam rubber so I sound like a double bass.......
You have to find your own likes
One reason for pedal use is that solid state amps, as your probably know, do not distort well and many players want the gritty or distorted sound that a slightly overdriven tube amp gives you. Some newer solid state amps have tried to emulate the tube sound or the gritty sound but many bassists still like a pedal.
I use a tech 21 VT pedal when I need a fuller, tubier sound or a more booming sound from my hybrid amp. I do not like distortion or fuzz in the bass sound. A slightly gritty sound is acceptable for certain music.
I have only Fender Jazz Basses and not a P/J pickup setup. I like my neck pickup on full volume and the bridge pickup backed off about an eighth of a turn. This is opposite to every thing I have read on how to get that great fender bass sound ( neck pickup backed off and the bridge full on ). It gives a fuller an less treble sound my way.
About playing the bass with no amp - Its not great to do because we tend to play too hard when not amplified. The great thing about an electric bass is you can do very complex finger things on it because you do not have to hit the strings hard .
Thanks for the insight.
I use an amp but it's a Pionner from the 80's that is connected to my soundcard. The thing is that Iam not enjoying any bass amp emulations except that BA-500 model from Ampeg. Maybe Iam just weird. ;)
Unfortunately the ampeg BA500 is no longer being made. If you like ampeg you might want to look into their tube amps. The big 300 watt SVT is 85 lbs and runs around 2grand. A smaller ,lighter 100 watt tube amp is now being reintroduced for about $1200 and might be something to look at.
Or you could continue to focus on the BA500 .
Plugging in with no effects is great. Pure bass punchiness!
I use a MXR-M80 now but only cause I'm emulating a Rush sound with it. I love a pure punchy tone.
Ultimately, do what you like the sound of. No rights or wrongs in tone.
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