I'm thinking about getting a new bass - some help please
I'm thinking about getting a new bass and I need some advice. But I need to give some background.
I kind of slid into playing bass. I had some friends who had a jazz group and were looking for a bass player. I wasn't sure whether I'd like it so I bought the cheapest bass I could find. A $100 Rogue. I had flat wounds put on it in the hope that it would sound more - jazzy.
It wasn't long before I graduated to an upright and I only played the electric at the church guitar mass. And it worked fine for that purpose.
So here's the reason for looking at new basses. I volunteered to play bass for a special work event. It's rock music moving faster than I'm used to. I need to at least approximate the riff on the Mellencamp version of Wild Night. So I think I might need something with a lighter touch.
I stopped by Guitar Center to see if something new could help. Indeed of the four basses I tried, all had a much lighter touch than I'm used to with the Rogue flat wounds.
On the other hand, all the basses sounded twangier on the D and G strings than the Rogue. It's possible I just didn't know how to dial in a heftier sound. This is not my area of expertise.
But I wonder if it's just that really light strings are put on new basses and I'd have to go to heavier strings to get a decent sound. In which case, am I back to the (lack of) playability on the Rogue?
I don't know that your Rogue is necessarily the problem. If I understand you correctly, you are looking for a bit more twang. Before exploring the expense of a new bass, why not try some new strings. I'm a flats guy, so I'd be more inclined to go from there to a half round. I like LaBella Deep Talkin Quarter Rounds, but they are a little pricey. Maybe somebody else can recommend a string?
Flat wound strings are generally higher tension than round wounds. New basses generally come with round wounds, so that is the difference you are feeling and hearing. Try a lighter gauge or different brand of flats if you like the sound (what brand do you have on there now?) I switched from D'addario Chromes to Fender flats for my fretless a few months ago and the Fenders are more flexible and easier to play.
You might also just need to do a decent setup on the Rogue.
I really don't know what the shop put on there. That was years ago and I was brand new to basses at the time.
Look into an older model Gibson with dual humbuckers, I play an RD Artist when I want that really fat boomy sound & thats with round wounds. They have the EB Bass out now- look for a used one. Its extremely light & not personally up to my standards, however with labella flats you could get pretty close to what your looking for.
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