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Anyone else NOT mess with their tone controls?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mike Money, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    During shows, I NEVER change my tone. I hit my distortion on my sansamp in one song, but other than that its just on channel 1 which is some sort of SVT type setting.

    I have my pickup set mostly to my bridge, slight low boost, slight mid cut, slight high boost... Same settings on my amp more or less, but i keep the mids at 12...

    Once my controls are set, thats it. I have one tone for 12 songs.

    Sounds just fine to me.

    Anyone else like me?

    (BTW, i had no idea where to put this.)
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I seldom touch my tone controls. My amp never changes, my pedal settings never change, and I generally run my Marcus Miller passive, flip the switch for a bit of a bass boost. That's pretty much it.
  3. I don't mess with them besides configuring my amp for the setting I'm in. I do use the pickup knobs, but I took the tone knob off my bass, since it was useless to me.
  4. Once I have set the tone controls for the room, I hardly ever touch the amp. More often I will use the tone controls on my bass. I consider myself luckiest in our band. My set up is bass>lead>amp. I run a tuner out of the dedicated returns and can set-up and packdown in about 5 minutes, really.
  5. Wespe


    Feb 21, 2006
    On my one pickup Dillion bass:

    Full volume, full tone.

    The flatwounds on it keep the low end so the full-on tone isn't harsh at all, and it's a comfortable amount of punch that lets me cut through.
  6. I find a good sound and keep it that way.

    Plug and play baby. Everytime.
  7. Volume full, tone adjusted to give me what I need in the room. From there the only knob I touch is the volume on the amp, I crank that up until the front row's glasses start bouncing around.
  8. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    I have a new rig so I have it set flat for now. Sounds fine. I may tweak it a bit for the gig/room but I usually just leave it alone and change my right hand placement for different tones.
  9. 12:00 all the way on the amp. Volumes on the J bass full on, tone control half-way.
  10. matrok


    Jan 10, 2005
    Ferndale, Michigan
    Volume and tone wide open, never touch 'em. Tweak the amp occasionally, done.
  11. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Usually I don't touch it. However, for some songs I'll move the pickup selector from the bridge humbucker to the neck single coil and cut the treble to give a little rounder, more upright, sound, say for a song like "Stand By Me."
  12. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    i like my bass and amp all flat. i let my fingers do the talking.
  13. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I am a knob twiddler. But at showtime, it's pretty much the knobs on my amp, and switching pedals on and off if need be/
  14. FrigginChris


    Feb 6, 2006
    on bass : volume and tone set to max

    on amp: EQ is flat, boost control is set to 1 O'clock

    i don't touch anything unless it's switching on a pedal
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I generally don't touch them, but I will turn one pickup or the other down sometimes, and if I'm playing reggae, I'll roll off all the treble.
  16. GrooveBass


    Oct 10, 2004
    My tone is all amp. I play through an old Yamaha B100 and a folded horn 12. I play with amp tone and grit and things, but all knobs on my bass are on 10.
  17. Foamy


    Jun 26, 2006
    Sac Area
    I alllmost never touch my tone control.
    I generally will tweak the individual volume controls to decrease either the bridge or neck pickup (to suit the song). If, for some reason, I am totally unhappy and can't get the tone right, I may, but this is almost never. I am usually happy!

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