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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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    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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    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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    Part McCartney, part Chris Squire, part Geddy Lee, part John Whetton, and the rest me.
  4. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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  5. mpdd

    mpdd Supporting Member

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    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
  6. loinmute

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

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    Overpowering in every frequency range
  8. subbasshz

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    louder then god. I try to make people sick from volume / bass.
  9. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    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.
  10. TBird1958

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

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    Big Angry Piano
  11. millsbass5

    millsbass5

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    KICK-ASS!!!!!!!
  12. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    I'm using a P-bass with flats. We all know what that sounds like.
  13. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

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

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

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    Assertive, lot's of sack and booty.
  15. datsaxguy

    datsaxguy Supporting Member

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    Marcus Miller meets Bootsy Collins!
  16. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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

    Numbpk3r2

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    Twangy and Clangy ;)
  18. 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.
  19. mcm

    mcm

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    raw and nasty, simple and spontaneous.
  20. 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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