What factors contribute to clear harmonics on a Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by svt1233, Dec 24, 2012.


  1. svt1233

    svt1233

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    What components of a bass give certain basses a clear and lasting harmonic ringing? Is it like the neck, or electronics, or other?
  2. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

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    Resonance of wood as well as having pickups in enough locations to pick up the harmonics. Usually multiple pickup basses have better harmonics.
  3. cdef

    cdef

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    Roundwound strings.
  4. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

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    Good intonation and a bridge pickup.
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  6. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    +1 - A new set of strings always sounds great. When they're new, you can pull harmonics from pretty much anywhere. Older/dull strings will lose some harmonic qualities over time.
  7. svt1233

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    Reason being is because everytime I play a geddy lee sig I get very little and dead harmonics that are practically not existent yet I can make every other fender jazz sing
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Good playing.

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  9. IronLung1986

    IronLung1986

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    I used to think it was all about pickup location until my p bass completely schooled my warwick $$ at harmonics. I mean with the bridge pickup solo'd and treble knob boosted the warwick can produce some great harmonics but that's not a good tone for playing in a band. The P cranks em out clear as a bell while fitting perfectly in the mix. Even with dead strings they still sound strong. I can't say I have any idea why. Just one of those bass mysteries I guess.

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