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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


    Jul 14, 2013
  2. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    Probably a J/Ric type bass. Probably stingray works good too
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  5. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
  6. Radio Face

    Radio Face

    May 2, 2013
  7. Exactly.
  8. Thrillhouse


    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Even without further information, I'll also say P Bass with flats...
  9. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    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.
  10. peledog

    peledog Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    +1 on mid-heavy

  11. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Musicman Sterling or Stingray H is the definition of 'cuts thru' IMO

  12. 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.
  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    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.
  14. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    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? :)
  15. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    BTW OP...I know u are joking/ being TB satirical...this will be fun to watch.
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    "Which bass cuts through the best with the tone rolled off?"

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

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    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.
  18. CLMSHQ


    Apr 17, 2007
    Danielson, CT
    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.
  19. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil Supporting Member

    May 12, 2011
    "...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...
  20. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Any bass with a loud enough amp.

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