how do I get a gritty, crisp tone

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  1. twangman

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    I'm looking for a gritty tone similar to Rick Lopez of the Casualties, or similar to Matt Freeman.
    A good example can be heard here: http://youtu.be/rScfrBoLVNg

    So far I've been plugging my Geddy directly into my recorder and it sounds plain and dull.
     
  2. rratajski

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    Do you have a tube amp? If so, turn up the gain. Flat or below flat bass, medium high mids. Roundwound strings.
     
  3. kohntarkosz

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    My Hartke Attack VXL pedal is both gritty and crisp. Some like that tone, others do not. I can only report what my ears tell me.
     
  4. mmbongo

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  6. gregmon79

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    We need more details. Flats or rounds? Tube, SS or hybrid? Any pedals you are working with or have?? Pick or finger player?? These are bigger details I can think that would help us get you where you want to be.
     
  7. skulletwhip

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    P Bass, pick, tone control wide open, and plenty of hi mids.
     
  8. twangman

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    Mmbongo pretty much nailed it. That B3k is out of my price range. Anyone have any experience with the behringer BOD400?
    I've been using a pick and ernie ball super slinkys.
     
  9. twangman

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    Also, could a pedal do the same job as a DI box? I'm completely new to this guys :-/
     
  10. gregmon79

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    You may want to check out the preamps tech 21 makes, the VT and or BDDI (bass driver DI) or a darkglass B7K. If a B3K is out of your price range then the 7 will be too. But it's something to think about down the road. The 7 can do aggressive and modern to warm and vintage. It's worth the money. Totally. A fulltone OCD is good for what you describe as is a joyo ultimate drive. The latter being a $35 pedal.
     
  11. ShowKing

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  12. bigmoosepi

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    roto 66 strings and a tube amp.

    If tube amp isn't an option, some kind of preamp as suggested above.
     

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