Ok, so not saying this is for everybody, and when I first heard it my inner, "Are you serious?" threatened to pop out and make an idiot out of me. Not like that's ever happened before. Alright, disclaimer aside. Here goes. During the massively awesome hang with Jimmy Haslip, one of us asked him how he EQ's his bass. The answer? Using his word, "Dimed." Keeping in mind that his bass is wired Vol/Vol instead of Vol/Blend, here's a rundown: Bridge Pickup Volume: 10/10 (or close to it, for fine tuning). Neck Pickup Volume: 0/10, unless he needs more bottom...up to 5/10. Bass: 10/10 Mids: 10/10 Treble: 10/10 I kid you not. Coming from the School of Flat and Centered Unless Something Needs a Little Boost or Cut, I wasn't sure how to react. Of course, there are two important caveats: - 90% (at least) of the tone comes from the hands. Jimmy played many of our basses during the hang, without touching any knobs. On one and all he sounded like....Jimmy. - The strings on Jimmy's bass were old. No exact age, but carbon dating puts them somewhere between Gard's boxers and LilRay's last Cowboys victory dance. The latter has an undeniable effect, especially on the treble boost. How do I know, you ask? I tried it. I couldn't resist. Between it obviously working for Jimmy, and then hearing Keith's feedback that it made sense to him, I had to give it a go. The results? Surprisingly good. Damn good, even. I expected harsh, and except for the whole treble/fresh strings thing, it didn't even come close. The one-word description that works? FAT. The tone is absolutely monstrous. It may not work for everything, but there is no doubting that it has a place. Three more notes, in my brief experience, for whatever they may be worth: - Pad your input accordingly. Whether this is your volume knob, the trim control thru the cavity cover, or an 'active/passive' pad on your amp...you'll quickly discover the need to compensate for the insanity coming from the instrument. - Definitely play with the blend knob. IME this EQ seems to work best when favoring the bridge pickup. In the past if you thought biasing the bridge pickup made the tone thin and nasally, I think you may be very pleasantly surprised. Bark and snarl? In spades, but with plenty of bottom. - Go ahead, pull that mid knob and boost those low mids. I dare you, I double dare you....(oh, sorry, me and Jules got a little carried away there). If you're running into an amp that's a bit light in the loafers (my Shuttle 6.0 practice rig, for example, or the light Aggie stuff) things get MIGHTY. On the other hand, if you're running into, say, a Steamer and a (ceramic) Berg, this will likely be dramatic overkill. I'd be curious to see what everyone thinks about this in a gig setting. Out live, I've only tried it with my boobienga J sixer...with mixed results. While practicing at home, I prefer it with my 'traditional Roscoe' SKB over the basses with the J pickups. It definitely adds some authority to the tone, and is something I'll be toying with in the months to come.