That fender "growl"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Precision101, Nov 25, 2013.


  1. Precision101

    Precision101

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    I've been playing for about a year now and I have a slight growl to my basses. like my playing a little clean and a little rough around the edges sometimes. I always thought it gave the bass character. Like buzz and noise and what not. Who else likes a little spit, growl and roughness in their playing? I do sometimes but I'm curious if I'm the only one.
  2. THORRR

    THORRR Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    You are not the only one -

    There's nothing like the growl of a great Jazz Bass -

    My Sadowsky Will Lee Metro has growl in spades!

    so do my Fender Jazzes - They're great.

    And when I need thump or boom, I can easily get it too.

    :bassist:
  3. Precision101

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    I get a little noise out of my frets on my precision. It's kind of special in a way because p basses don't give that sound as much as jazz basses do. And when I need the thump I just turn the tone down. I like a lot of bass in my playing as well. But I have a MIM and it feels so nice when the strings rattle underneath my fingers. It just makes the bass.
  4. BenWhoPlaysBass

    BenWhoPlaysBass

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    My jazz bass was pretty growly but when I put in some Dimarzio model J's the thing turned into a beast. Pluck down at the bridge and it growls like a tiger.
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  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    my bass more sizzles than growls and i love it!
  7. Precision101

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    On the high frets mine does too. I like to make them sizzle:D
  8. bassgrooves2

    bassgrooves2 Supporting Member

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    ah yes. I have a few Precisions and one is setup with crazy low action so I get that bit of sizzle and it is really magic on a P Bass, in the right situation. Of cours I have one with flats, and another with old rounds, and one with pretty heavy gauge rounds, and the 5er with whatever I feel like at the moment. It goe on and on and on...and that's just the P's!!

    I think I have a problem.

    I think for most rock music, a Precision with rounds is hard to beat. Check out The Flower Kings and you'll hear some tasty P Bass Growl and grit.
  9. Precision101

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    That's what I'm talking about!
  10. Precision101

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    I also like a little clank in there too
  11. Basshappi

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    This is one of my favorite Precision tones:

    go to 7:30
  12. Precision101

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    I love waters tone. It's perfect and it stands out in the music.
  13. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    Oh yeah and then what he does at 9:45-10:00. Awesome stuff.
  14. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life. Supporting Member

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    I'm with ya all the way. But, honestly it took getting a P/J to find the growl and clank I was really looking for. The best of both worlds.
  15. Tupac

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    IMO, Fender makes the most tame and least growly basses, next to Tobias. You can coax some growl out of a P-bass but it requires a lot of compression and doctoring.
  16. Precision101

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    This is true. My set up took days. But the growl just is natural out of the bass and strings. I use rotosounds swings so it's that too.
  17. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    Nah, Just add some treble & Dig in. In a way it's better to have to "work" a bit for it. It comes almost too easily on my Ric. The real trick is getting it out into the ears of the audience and not just on stage.
    ^This. Roto's give serious growl but they can be tough on Frets. So can all Stainless round wounds though.
  18. frisbieinstein

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    Sure. I think of it as the Horny Teenager Sound.
  19. huckleberry1

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    I've got a Jazz V & a P-bass V, both growl well
  20. deathsdj

    deathsdj Supporting Member

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    Growl grind snarl and roar.

    Yeah.

    Cheers!

    MJW
  21. David Jayne

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    Embrace your Sound. Love it. Sound comes from you. Not your bass or amp or effects (unless you're one of those extreme guys). Your Sound comes from you.

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