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HELP! I don't think I like the sound of my new bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PAguy, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. PAguy

    PAguy

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    I just got a Schecter Blackjack ATX 5 string. $520 from MF.
    The bass sounds very trebly, clanky and hollow. Lots of string noise too. The bass has Seymour Duncan Blackouts pickups w/2 band EQ. There's a switch for the treble to center it on different frequencies.
    It seems no matter what I do, I can't get the sound I want. When I dig in, instead of sounding aggressive, it sounds clanky. When I dig in with my Fender Jazz or Ibanez SR300DX, I get an aggressive sound.
    I want to like the ATX. I like the neck and over all playability, but I don't know if I can dial a sound that is acceptable.
    Here's some info on the pickups/pre-amp:
    Basslines STC-2S-BO Blackouts Tone Circuits are for nearly all electric basses, due to their selectable treble frequency. Blackouts Tone Circuits are compatible with both active and passive pickups.

    STC-2S-BO Blackouts have onboard Tone Circuits that add tremendous tonal versatility. Use Blackouts to add or subtract EQ at center frequencies voiced specifically for the electric bass. Blackouts Tone Circuits offer low noise, low distortion, and high headroom. In addition, they are voiced for use with Basslines' Blackouts for Bass Pickups. With their switchable treble control, Blackouts Tone Circuits are useful for all musical styles and genres.

    Blackouts deliver lows that are deep, clear, and tight. There are 2 treble frequency centers to choose from. The lower setting is perfect for adding growl and bite to traditional P (precision), J (jazz), and MM (music man) tones. The higher setting provides a crystal clear top end to modern-sounding, full-frequency bass tones. When used with Blackouts for Bass Pickups, the high setting gives punishing clarity without brittleness.

    Any advice for me????
  2. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda Supporting Member

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    Then return it?
  3. elgecko

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    "Clanky" sounds like a setup issue.
  4. vstring3

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    +1
  5. PAguy

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    So, should I raise the action at the bridge?
  6. elgecko

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    That'd be a start.
  7. awilkie84

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    Or he's heavy handed.
  8. elgecko

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    Proper setup factors in heavy handedness.
  9. FunkRenegade

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    Every time I put on new strings, that's how I feel about my basses that usually sound good. Maybe try swapping strings with your older bass and see how it is?
  10. awilkie84

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    For me it doesn't. I like a light feel on my left hand, but I'm heavy with my right. The only fix for this is the adjust how I play, while leaving the action low.
  11. elgecko

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    Then you're not really heavy handed! :p
  12. Miskatonic

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    +1 It may very well be an issue with the stock strings.
  13. cfsporn

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    Nobody has suggested flatwounds to tame the clank? Wow, most TBers are probably gigging.
  14. Doctor J

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    Is this your first active pickup bass? Active pickups have a wider frequency response than passives, which mean you get a high end you were never aware of. Embrace it, it's something you not just get used to, but it really helps cut through in a band situation and you'll clean up a sloppy technique too when you clearly hear your fingers dragging across strings.
  15. karl_em_all

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    Yep. I'd definitely see about getting it set up.

    And for the record... Elgecko, you are the MAN!!
  16. bassbenj

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    I think there is something to this comment especially compared to Fender and Ibby (though Ibbys are active they have a fat sound)

    But without getting too negative on Schecter I have to say that while their basses look like a million and I'm always attracted to them, the tone and playability of the few I've tried for me is just as the OP describes it. Somehow too thin and clanky. Now maybe it's just the way the factory sets up new ones, I don't know. But it's how they felt and sounded to me. But then my main Axes are G&L L2500s and when you get aggressive with them they don't question it. They just rule the room. And I often like to "dig in".

    I'd say if a change in setup can bring it in line, then go for that first because they are beautiful basses for the money. If not? Well...
  17. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Try different strings first... it's the easiest change for the biggest difference for the least amount of money.
  18. jbravo

    jbravo Siddown, Waldo! Supporting Member

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    Try setting both tone controls on half, and make slight tweaks on each in either direction to find the sound you like. I know a lot of guys like everything wide open, but with my Spectors I always start flat, and then adjust. That takes some of the inherent "scoop" out of a two band eq. You might also consider a three band preamp, if you really love the bass, but can't quite find the sound.:)
    Hope this helps-
    Steve
  19. PAguy

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    My Ibanez is active, but not nearly as 'zingy' sounding as the Schecter. I have D'Adarrio nickel rounds on the Ibanez and the ATX came with Ernie Ball strings.
    I have Chromes on my Jazz and like them, but it still sounds like the Jazz, even with the flats. I can still get that burby sound from it.
  20. Robert B

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    I would advise sending it back. It sounds like if you had been given the opportunity to play it before you bought it, you wouldn't have bought it, so why keep it?

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