How to get a good post-punk tone??

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  1. Bassdude15

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    Think Public Image LTD, XTC, and early Cure. Any advice on how to get that deep,warm but well defined and growly tone??
  2. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Supporting Member

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    Teisco or obscure gear + play hard. But really I think you can use any gear & tweak your equalizer to imitation and you'll get there.
  3. kedo

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    P bass with Rotos and a pick through a chorus through an SVT is the first thing that comes to mind.

    No second thing has come to my mind yet...
  4. Milk

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    Its not a bad idea, that's exactly what Gallup of the Cure used on the very early records.
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  6. Bassdude15

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    I don't have very much $$ at the moment, so would an Ibanez Premium 1200e be okay?
    And by Rotos, you mean the 77 flats right?
  7. Runlikegregg

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    I would get a P bass for sure.
    If you need to stick with your Ibanez play with a pick.
    an SVT will go a long way. or an overdrive pedal like a catalinbread SFT or darkglass or something like that to give you grit if that's not an option. and as Chuck Norriss said: play hard.
  8. kedo

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    Roto 66 stainless steel rounds.
  9. Bassdude15

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    SS ROUNDS?? ugh.
    :bag:
  10. kedo

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    Yes. Nasty Roto SS rounds. P bass. Chorus. SVT.

    Bang. Post-punk bass tone!
  11. Bassdude15

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    Is the SVT really necessary though?
  12. Buchada Azeda

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    Get a SansAmp VT or a Catalinbread SFT instead. Won't break the bank.
  13. Milk

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    Honestly i cant think of a post punk bassist that uses flats. At least none i like.
  14. kedo

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    i would say the actual SVT isnt necessary. Anything that gets you in the ballpark. You'll need the rounds, though.
  15. Bassdude15

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    Its rather funny that you say that because in an interview I read he said he didn't start using rounds until after pornography.
    Jah Wobble never used rounds, and Colin Moulding used Labella's, so I don't seethe point in suggesting Roto rounds over and over.:confused:
  16. kedo

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    Because the rounds get the sound.
  17. kedo

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    But, if you're dead set on flats, have at it. P bass. Flats. Amp. Whatever. Have fun.
  18. Bassdude15

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    Any other things?(A pick is obvious)EQ settings suggestions??
  19. bassmachine2112

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    hiho,here,s the way-bdi21 pedal,get one cheap s/h works as a DI box as well
  20. Chromer

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    Rounds, a pick, a little bit of chorus, and lots of repeated 8th notes with some melodic runs. Nastiest fuzzbox you can find for "Living it up." Not sure why the obsession over "must be this particular bass and amp" as post-punk covers a lot of ground and sounds.

    Unless you're going for Karn or Jah Wobble, but there are plenty of threads about them specifically.
  21. Mike in Chicago

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    What do they call them now…77s? We dinosaurs call them Swing Bass. Anyway, I have a Tech 21 Bass Boost Chorus that is absolutely great and it has a "Cure" setting that is very cool. But the "Squire harmonized" is my favorite.

    Mr Moulding from XTC is a personal favorite.

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