Nothing's Carved In Stone, for fans of growly bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Asomodai, Dec 24, 2012.


  1. Asomodai

    Asomodai

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    Hey guys.

    For years I have been chasing a very growly cutting tone with little success. I have been aware of this band for a while, but the bass plaayer really is something else. He uses a variety of basses but seems to get a signature style growl that I absolutely adore.



    Sounds more P bass to me, but hard to tell.

    Current gear is a Fender P-J all maple P bass with Dimarzio Super Woofer and Ultra Jazz and a Gibson Grabber. VT Bass Deluxe, Ampeg PG-500, Barefaced S12T. Cant get anywhere near this tone! Ideas?
  2. mattbass6945

    mattbass6945

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    very cool tone indeed!
  3. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix

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    I have growl in gobs with a Warwick Corvette STD (I had EMG JX pickups and ACG EQ-01 preamp in it), EBMMs like 25th anniversary (basically a Reflex with a pretty top) and a Big Al sss, Dingwall ABI into my Orange AD200B. Don't scoop those mids, give them a little bump.
    Maybe try a DarkGlass B3K or B7K too.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I'm no tone guru, but the mids sound boosted to me. And I think rounds.
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  6. Asomodai

    Asomodai

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    Sounds odd to me, Maybe boosted low mids with hardly any treble? Maybe some compression trickery? Maybe hes turned down his tone control...
  7. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

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    I think you may have hit it...'My' tone sounds very close and that's how I tend to run my EQ..slightly boosted bass and low mids,neutral high mids,and the treble rolled back to about 1/3 from 'zero'. I play a Fen. J w/Fralin single coils wired in series with the tone control set a little less than halfway..

    Whatever his secret,it sounds great!
  8. FretlessMainly

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    The round mids made me think flats, but there are some pops during a short break that say rounds. Great tone indeed.

    In response to a different recent thread, that guy's got chops and groove.
  9. Asomodai

    Asomodai

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    Someone reckons it is mostly the Orange. Though in my experience Oranges are just overpriced compared to lets say a Matamp.
  10. unclejane

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    I can get a good 85% there with my El Cheezmo Roland Micro Cube BassX using the SWR amp sim, compression on and gain knob a little under maxed out. The bass doesn't make much difference with those settings. Both my L2K and Bunny cop it fairly well. Frets would probably get it a little closer tho.

    So don't spend a lot of money trying to get this tone ;). A more authentic one you could probably achieve with a tube-type preamp and just overdrive the tube stage a bit.

    You probably already have the gear to generate it, maybe just twiddle with the EQ some and you should be pretty close?
    PS: does remind me of the Bassman I used for a while when I was gigging...
    Very different from my normal tone, but I like it...

    LS

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