Sound Suggestions Sought!

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by Nate9, Nov 23, 2012.


  1. Nate9

    Nate9

    Jul 7, 2012
    Hi all :)

    A relative (i.e. complete) electronics newb here; however I know what tone I like and what I'm after (roughly!).

    I have the Corvette 2005 Ltd. 'Hot Rod,' and I am unhappy with the sound after playing it every day for a while. Don't get me wrong, I've never played a bass like it; the playability, action and neck are truly fantastic, to the extent I can't play any other bass without reaching back for it. But the sound to me is a bit sterile; I never have it on active; it's 'too clean' if you know what I mean, for me at least (I'm after something chunky and stanky, P-Bass-esque).

    I'm looking for suggestions as to what I can do to change this - I would stick Quarter Pounders in it, but I don't know if this will make a difference, what with the active preamp and all. I've no idea about preamps at all but ideally I would want a passive setup, as I never use the active EQ on it.

    Apologies if this seems a bit vague; I've tried my best!
    All suggestions welcome, cheers.
     
  2. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
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    The SD Quarter Pound pickups are a MAN'S pickup, in that you're going to get a beastly tone, compared to a stock P pickup. I used one of those in an old P/J before, and it's a great pickup that will easily get that stank that you're looking for. Combine that with a complete passive EQ setup (as in, pull the preamp and wire it old school), and you should be golden. It's worth a shot at the very least.
     
  3. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
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    Great advice, Jonathon! I would agree completely...
     
  4. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
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    If you REALLY wanted to get fancy, look up the schematic for the Fender 1962 stacked vol/tone jazz bass and wire the double P pickups that way. It really lets you fine tune the sound while retaining all of the beefiness and attack of the pickups.
     
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  6. Nate9

    Nate9

    Jul 7, 2012
    Cheers, that sounds great! What do you mean by wiring it old school though? 2 volume, 1 tone or something?
     
  7. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
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    Yep, wire it passive v/v/t like most P/J and J basses. That should give you plenty of options.

    Here's the schematic if you want to try the stacked v/t pots from the 1962 Fender Jazz Bass. Like I said, I found this to be more advantageous and tonally open than just the v/v/t option.

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  8. Nate9

    Nate9

    Jul 7, 2012
    Thanks very much, you've been a great help! I'll ask around some shops and let you know how it goes. :cool:
     



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