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How can I get this kind of tone?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by joshhhcano, Mar 2, 2014.


  1. joshhhcano

    joshhhcano

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    What pickups will I need to get this kind of tone? Types of pedals are welcomed too.
    Right now I have a aerodyne PJ bass with no pickups. Im thinking of getting a RAT pedal or big muff.


    Bass is heard better on first song

     
  2. JimmyM

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    You would definitely need pickups to get that sound.

    :D

    Most passive PJ sets could get you a similar sound, but you might want to check into the EMG Geezer Butler PJ set, due out this week or next according to info I've seen posted on online music stores. I got the P last week and it rules hard and would be perfect for a heavy tone like that. But whatever you do, I'd advise against getting a random P and J and slapping them together. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. You can have hum issues and volume balance issues with random pickups. With P's, I prefer a humbucking J because of the hum issue, and I like one that's a little bit hot as well to match volume-wise better with the P. Haven't tried the Geezer PJ set yet (I plan to) but the J is humbucking and made to balance better with the P. I am an endorser, but I've only been one for a couple days and wouldn't recommend anything I wouldn't use myself ;) I made sure I liked the Geezer before accepting the offer!
     
  3. erratick

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    Sounds to me like a humbucker bass like a Musicman. Roundwound strings and play near the bridge- probably with a pick.

    It isn't really distorted at the beginning of the first song- you probably don't need a rat/fuzz. Any burn on that is from higher gain on the amp and from the bass.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Defeater's bassist uses a Jazz and an SVT. You could get that sound with a PJ, too.
     
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  6. joshhhcano

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    What about some Seymour quarter pounders?
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I used to have them in my P Lyte, and they were OK but they were rather dark. Tried them in one of my standard PJ's and they were dark and mid scooped. For a dark but loud pickup I prefer the DiMarzio Model PJ set. But that dude sounds like he's using vintage style pickups. Seems to have more treble than a set of QP's or Model PJ's deliver. Couldn't see what he was using for pickups but he gives off the appearance of a "whatever" type of guy who probably just uses what came with his bass.
     
  8. Hopkins

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    If you want something hot like the Q-pounds. Rio Grande Muy Grandes are just as hot but much better sounding. They could nail this tone easily.

    A Muff or Rat may be a bit much for that tone, an overdrive would probably work better than a straight up fuzz.
     
  9. Ric5

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    You can cop that tone with an active bass and scooped mids ... try an ibanez bass
     
  10. joshhhcano

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    I just got an aerodyne bass. My buddy is going to give me some QP pickups for a reeeally good price. Assuming I get those, do y'all think it'll more or less sound like that?
     
  11. Hopkins

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    If you EQ right you should be able to get very close.
     
  12. spaz21387

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    I dont think so. quarterpounders sound more like this...
     
  13. GLEN18INCHSPICA

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    Sounds like a Sansamp BDDI to me. I've listened to recordings from years back when I used that pedal & it is a very similar mid scooped tone with the same top end as that recording.
     
  14. JimmyM

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    I was thinking possibly the same thing. BDDI's very popular in metal circles. But dude uses an SVT live at least.
     
  15. joshhhcano

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    I believe I'll stick with the quarter pounds and just achieve my own tone, but similar if that makes sense?
    But I will definitely decide on getting that BDDI guys! Thanks
     
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    It actually does make sense. QP's are good pickups, they just weren't my thing.
     

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