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Amp or Bass: Which is more Important to tone??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bassline_Delux, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Well, we all know that they both affect tone, but which would you say is more important? I think the amp is a bit more important, perhaps 70:30, or 65:35...Casue, if you play a great bass through a piece o' crap amp, it'll sound, well, crap. Whereas, if you play a piece o' crap bass, through an Uber amp of Dominion, you'll at least sound passable.
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    i thought this horse was dead a long time ago.

    but, FWIW, to me a good amp is a bit more important than a good bass only because you can gig out with an adequate amp and an ok bass, but you cant gig out (in most cases) with a 3000 dollar bass and a 25 watt 1x10 amp.
  3. Well, I dont believe that to be true.
    Obviously they both affect tone, though a good bass IS a good bass and a bad bass will sound terrible thru any amp...

    I Have a ****ty combo at home, for practice, and when I'm jamming with the band, I use a Warwick setup at the studio...
    the important thing is that the bass itself is good. and I can take it and plug it in ANYWHERE and it will sound good.
    Not so with My Aria Pro for example. the original PUs are ****ty, the wood isnt the greatest.... OBviously you can notice that its not a great bass more on my combo, But the diference in sound is absolutely shocking at the studio... just by changing the bass.
  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Tough call. Although, I know I can plug almost anything into my Avalon U5 and it's gonna sound pretty darn good.
  5. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    Only you will notice a bad bass, everyone else will notice a bad amp
  6. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    i don't necissarily disagree with you. look up, i never said anything about the tone being better with an adequate amp and an ok bass, just that the amp will cut it at the gig. A sadowsky and a 25 watt amp at a loud rock gig just wont do it. :)
  7. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Which is more Important to tone??

    No question about it. Your instrument is THE single most important piece of equipment.

    Amplifiers, umm, well...amplify! Amplify what?

    I was having a discussion today with someone about this very thing.

    We were talking about how we always test our basses acoustically before even plugging them into an amp. You can tell what kind of tone the bass will have by how it resonates acoustically, sans electronics.

    No amount of EQ'ing, or tone control, or effects are going to make a terrible bass sound better. Conversely, a great sounding bass (acoustically) can sound great through a crappy amp. With a great sounding bass, you only need to amplify that sound.

    You can't say that the amp is more important because you can have an amp with small wattage that the bass sound great through, but won't go loud enough to play out with, but power was not part of the thread's question.

    When I read all these posts about basses, cabs, heads, etc. and the poster talks about trying to get "their" sound dialed in, I wonder how many of them are even aware if they have "their" sound coming from the bass itself or not.

    Think of orchestral musicians who play their intruments with no amplification. Think the amp contributes more to their tone, or is it their instrument?

    Which are you playing, the bass or your amp?
  8. Robear22

    Robear22 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Beach Park, Ill
    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks Sundogue. :)
  9. Joe Beets

    Joe Beets Guest

    Nov 21, 2004
    I think I'm go to go back and click on that Behringer thread again.
  10. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Well, if tone is all in your hands, then I suppose if you think that tone is a result of your amp, then you must be playing your amp! ;)

    NOTE: [By "you" or "your" I meant it as anyone who thinks that, not you specifically]