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Which bass cuts through the best with the tone rolled off?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass_Nishi, Jan 11, 2014.


  1. Bass_Nishi

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  2. JellinWellen

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    Probably a J/Ric type bass. Probably stingray works good too
     
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    Where's the popcorn? Sssssubd
     
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  8. Steveaux

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    Exactly.
     
  9. Thrillhouse

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    Even without further information, I'll also say P Bass with flats...
     
  10. FretlessMainly

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    P-basses with flats make their presence felt with good low end (got one of 'em), but in my mind, "cutting through" is different from that. Short of a definition of "cuts through" from the OP, I'd opt for a mid-heavy sound. Whatever bass gives you that would work.
     
  11. peledog

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    +1 on mid-heavy

    Spector
     
  12. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    Musicman Sterling or Stingray H is the definition of 'cuts thru' IMO
     
  13. BassTapp

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    I find an ibanez slices through solid metal pretty well, whereas a Warwick is my go to when I'm hacking up wood.
    Seriously though, ye ol' Spector seems to punch through pretty well.
     
  14. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    that's like asking "which car goes fastest with your foot on the brake?"

    anyway, a jazz on the neck pickup with the tone rolled off is dull and thumpy like anything else, but still kinda "tight"; think early zeppelin.

    also, active instruments with the treble EQ knob rolled off are dark in a different way than passives with the tone rolled off, so that's worth comparing as well.
     
  15. FretNoMore

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    Why would you want to "cut through" at your dullest EQ setting?
    If you turn it up from there, what do you get, a guitar? :)
     
  16. faulknersj

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    BTW OP...I know u are joking/ being TB satirical...this will be fun to watch.
     
  17. cnltb

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    "Which bass cuts through the best with the tone rolled off?"


    The bass with the best engineer behind the mixing desk.
     
  18. Jim C

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    Depends on the value of the capacitor for an A/B comparison as well as the pup tonality.
    Good thing they use a pot so that this can be adjusted.
     
  19. CLMSHQ

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    To the OP,

    We know what you are getting at. I played my Jazz for years with the tone all the way off to get that deep, Old School Southern Rock Growl. (Think Skynyrd-ZZ Top)

    It will depend on what kind of strings (Rounds or Flats) you are using and your amp settings as well...I prefer the tone only up 25% myself. Whether it is my P or J...Depends on the song I guess as well.
     
  20. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    "...cuts through with the tone rolled off..." Which is it? Do you want it to cut (upper mids), or do you want the tone rolled off? I guess if you put a capacitor in that would allow you to roll off the tone just a little, that would do what you're asking.

    If, however, you mean that you want to be heard (be musically present), then you need a P Bass ('51 to early '57 single coil are better in this regard) with rounds (I like DR Hi-Beams), and flats on a split-coil (I use a 2012 Am. Std. P, and I prefer LaBella - there is something special about them that defies explanation until you play them in the mix) sound amazing. I'll have to try some flats on my '57 single coil, that may be the best of all...
     
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    Any bass with a loud enough amp.
     

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