Originally Posted by acrofts
I'm not exactly sure which category this post should fall under, so here goes- I am really getting into reggae / dub bass as of late and was wondering if any of you have any suggestions as far as bass / pickup / strings /amp / effects combinations, tecnique, or anything else that makes a real fat, solid dub sound. I play a '62 p-bass with an Aguilar DB659 preamp and an Epifani 310 cab. This sounds great, I am just wanting to hear some different opinions from more experienced reggae bassists out there.
Is it a Talkbass foul to revive (even if only for a short time) a very old thread ?
For my part, I can get my tone with my hands, bass and long cord. I've used: an Aguilar AG500sc with a pair of GS210's by itself and then I've also connected a powered sub with the rig, Aguilar DB 680 with a fEARful, Eden Navigator with a fEARful, Ashly BP-41 with a fEARful, Yamah PB-1 with a fEARful, Aguilar TH500 with a fEARful and very soon an Aguilar DB 659 with a fEARful.
The AG500sc gave me a very warm tone. It was always easy to plug and play with that one.
I had a whole lot of fun with the powered 18" sub when connected to the above Aguilar rig. It had very nice character in the low end. It was a bass massage. But because I connected it in tandem with a full range rig it became difficult to tame sometimes - balance out the 10's and the 18. So I sold it and the Aguiilar rig to fund a fEARful 1515/66.
It was the fEARful "66" that permanently concreted my confidence in my tone from my hands, bass and long cord. This cabinet is the one for me. It is ideal for Reggae although I do eq it quite a bit. I might have an easier time eqing my 66 if it had Alpha Lights instead of 18 Sounds. The 18 sounds could probably cut diamonds with their tone. I have an Alpha Light in another fEARful stack that are p e f e c t.
The DB 680 sounded very nice too but believe it or not the eq just barely afforded me enough control. This really really puzzled me. But I was able to make it sound super nice with lots of experimentation. I will always have a lot of respect for the DB 680 but I found a good home for mine.
The Navigator which I still have sounds great with the 66. I can really dial up the tone just right. I probably don't need to rock the preamp boat.
I'll have a DB 659 pretty soon. It should be very good. It will be compared to the Navigator. May the odds be forever in the Navigator's favor.
Funny thing is, all my gear flipping happened after I joined TB in about 2010 when I sold off the above Aguilar rig.
With all due respect the Ashly and Yamaha above just did not sound strong enough for me.
The TH500 sounds very good but it's a backup for me. It actually runs out of power on long, clean, low notes (yes it does, we all know what that sounds like in the moment). But I fixed that on a gig with a quick knob twist. And to "kick a reluctant horse" (with all due respect) they might consider doubling the power and expanding the eq section to match that of the DB 680. The power switch would need to be on the front panel and rack mounting needs to be an option. Still, the TH500 is very good just the way it is.
Irie. And to add to what Burning Skies typed above I'll say that another part of the role of bass in Reggae is the player's Love for the music.