What should I do to make my sound brighter?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BassPlayerPL, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. BassPlayerPL

    BassPlayerPL

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    Hello,
    I'm Fender Bass owner(Pj setup).Body is made of swamp ash(as my luthier said),neck is rosewood.
    Today I realized I would like to make my bass sound a little bit brighter.
    I'm considering changing my SD pickups(SPB-3 and SJB-3),but I'm not sure which would be closest to my needs.
    Second idea is to add some onboard preamp.For sure it would be pretty nice if I could have more options of creating my sound.
    As I told, I like fat,agressive with lots of lows sound of my bass,but I want to change it a little bit.
    Any advices?
  2. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Stainless Roundwound strings.
  3. kenbert

    kenbert

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    sansamp rbi or rpm preamp!
  4. Matt B

    Matt B

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    I have a swamp ash fender P with a rosewood neck too. With the volume and tone both up and a new set of round wound strings you should have plenty of brightness.
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  6. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned

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    What kind of strings are you currently using?
  7. Growly Lytes

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    RBI & Nickel.
  8. millsbass5

    millsbass5

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    You can play over the bridge pup, too. That'll add a lil' of what your're lookin' for. I'd install Sadowsky electronics in it.
  9. Lowactnsatsfctn

    Lowactnsatsfctn

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    Yep:bassist:
  10. bjabass

    bjabass

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    Uh....yup....

    If a Jazz pup and rounds don't get ya there you will require electronic assistance and/or tweeters.
  11. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    I'm gonna go with try new stainless roundwound strings first, too.
  12. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned

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    I recently went through this on my '87 Ibanez. It has a basswood body, so it's warm sounding. I had been using D'Addario XLs, which I like, but I wanted something brighter.

    I tried a couple of sets of stainless Rototsounds, which I used to use back in the 70s, and surprisingly they weren't very bright at all. And the low B string was pretty bad.

    So I got a set of Ken Smith Rockers, which I used to use back in the 90s, and I like them a lot. They are nice and bright, and the taper core low B is very good.
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