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Describe your bass tone!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Alexdeth89, Oct 7, 2012.


  1. Alexdeth89

    Alexdeth89

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    Location:
    Hermosillo
    How wold you describe your tone? and what are some of the key factors to get it?

    I go first, I'll define my tone:
    Very articulate and mostly scooped out of the midrange, with prominent lows and highs.
    The low end is warm, deep and tight and the highs are very bright and zingy.
    I think most of the tone comes from my stainless strings, solid state amp and active electronics.

    Ok, now your turn guys :)
     
  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Below Ground, Detroit area
    I work to sound like Bruce Thomas from those early Elvis Costello recordings: Accidents Will Happen, Lipstick Vogue, Pump It Up.

    Just using MIA Precisions, a Hartke LH1000, LDS 2 x 10 cabs.

    Not hard to get but, it's never tiresome and always seems to fit in with the music I am playing.
     
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Jan 29, 2008
    Location:
    Colorado
    Part McCartney, part Chris Squire, part Geddy Lee, part John Whetton, and the rest me.
     
  4. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Philly suburbs
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  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    Location:
    LA
    been kind of into a post punk/gothic rock tone like jesus and mary chain or marilyn manson recently, wmd geiger counter bitcrushed tubey od voice into a vintage dr q envelope filter, a little synthy and processed i suppose, compared to my overdriven d180
     
  7. loinmute

    loinmute

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    Punchy, hollow, thump....but a very pronounced overdriven grind.
     
  8. Duckwater

    Duckwater

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    USA, Washington
    Overpowering in every frequency range
     
  9. subbasshz

    subbasshz

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    Location:
    phoenix az
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    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    louder then god. I try to make people sick from volume / bass.
     
  10. bkbirge

    bkbirge

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    Location:
    Houston, TX
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    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Heavy on the mids. If I'm on a P I'll play at the neck to accent the woodiness for that old Headhunters kind of sound (not that I can play anything like that) and expression. Used to play at the bridge all the time because I like that tone better but hard to be as expressive there. My recorded tones are all over from dark dark P to bright plucked lipstick to the classic jazz (and Jazz) sounds.
     
  11. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen!

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    Seattle Washington
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    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
  12. millsbass5

    millsbass5

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    Logan,W.V.(not up some holler)
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    Location:
    Willow Street, PA
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    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I'm using a P-bass with flats. We all know what that sounds like.
     
  14. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

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    St. Marys, Ohio
    An iceberg. Cuts thru just enough so you know it's there, but underneath it will sink ships.
     
  15. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

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    Location:
    west coast
    Assertive, lot's of sack and booty.
     
  16. datsaxguy

    datsaxguy Supporting Member

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    Maryland
    Marcus Miller meets Bootsy Collins!
     
  17. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Mid-Range in your F@$kin' Face!!!!
     
  18. Numbpk3r2

    Numbpk3r2

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    Twangy and Clangy ;)
     
  19. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    I have three tone I try to get.

    1- P-Bass / Flats the "Pino" John Mayer Trio tone.

    2- Jazz-Bass "Jaco" bridge-pickup tone.

    3- Wal Mk1 fretless "Mick Karn" tone.
     
  20. mcm

    mcm

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    Nashville, TN
    raw and nasty, simple and spontaneous.
     
  21. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

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    i have no one specific tone. it's pretty much an amalgam of all the players that have had an influence on me as a player.
     

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