Metal tone from a Lakland 55-02?
*caution bass noob!*
I have a Lakland 55-02 with bartolinis I've had for over a year, but I'm a guitarist and have the bass just for under pinning any mixes I do (only pick playing).
I've been fiddling about with my axe fx II trying to get some good metal tones out of it, which hasn't gone too well just yet if i'm honest!
This is going to sound ridiculous, but I don't even know what pickup/s or on board EQ to start with technically. For instance, on guitar you're always going to be on your bridge pickup for a cutting metal tone. I figure this doesn't translate to bass necessarily!
Anyhow, I've been checking out some clips and been thinking that a Spector with EMGs might push me more in the direction of where I want to go in terms of out of the box tone.
I don't want to give up on the lakland yet though as I know it's a very versatile instrument (the main reason I bought if off my pal). So I thought i'd join up and see if you guys might have any tips :bassist:
It's electronics are just fine for metal. Amp and effects are a larger factor for the "metal" tone, IME.
In metal, a little bit of bass distortion goes a long way in supporting heavily distorted guitar tracks. Your bass will work just fine in achieving metal tone, it's more a matter of amp/effects.
That bass is a great bass with so much versatility. For metal I would lean on the mm bridge pup and dial in some mids. I would say as far as amps go. You might want to try an Aguilar Tone Hammer bass pre pedal. You can dial in some great grit and go DI for practice and recording. Sans Amp also makes some great pedals that can achieve the same tones.
Thanks for chipping in fellas, appreciate it. Will see about leaning on the bridge pup and what I can come up with :)
Strings can make a big difference as well.
With the barts on these basses, i like all 3 coils blended even and the bass and treble mostly cranked, mids flat. That or use the coil farther from the bridge on the humbucker and blend even.
As stated - distort. A plugin used on a lot of major metal releases is the Sansamp plug. If you can get a sansamp, you will have great distortion.
I rarely use/used any distortion when I play metal. A clean tone works just fine as well.
I have a 44-02 with Barts that I use in a metal band. The Barts are pretty polite tone wise, and at least on my bass are a little short on character that blasts through a mix. I've accepted their slightly mellow vintage tone and roll the pan towards the neck PU for a P bass sound. With a little dirt from a Pork Loin pedal I get a pretty nice Geezer Butler sound from 13.
I use nickle round wounds by the way.
With a pick, the pan centered and the switch in the up position I can get a pretty bright late 80's trash metal tone.
There are times when I think about replacing the PUs or the pre-amp for something with a little more zip on the highs and growl in the lows.
I heard someone playing a Lakland through a tech21 sansamp VT Bass pedal and it got some very serious metal tones.
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