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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by boofis, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Hey
    I was wondering if anyone has had this same problem -
    You can hear YOUR tone in your head but you just can't describe and find it in any bass! Its driving me crazy! Anyone ever had/have this problem. The only word so far I have come up with for my tone I can hear is bite and crunch!!! Any thoughts?!?
  2. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I really stumbled on mine... Pickups by Kent Armstrong and a Demeter preamp! Killer sound!!
  3. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    You need to take a trip to one of these bass superstores, and plan on having about 5 hours to 2 days. Short of that, it will remain in your head.
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I don't know if there are any bass superstores in
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    That's right - I definitely had a "quest for the holy grail" as regards bas tone and none of the basses in local shops had got near this - but over several years of going to London bass shops and trying basses for 2-3 hours at a time, I was able to find out exactly what I liked and what I didn't.

    So now I very rarely post around the gear-oriented parts of TB - I know, by experience! :)
  6. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Modulus, maybe? :D
  7. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    It took me over twenty years to find it, but then we didn't have the internet, so I was relatively ignorant of many things.

    As it turned out, the sound in my head relied heavily on flatwounds.

    Who knew?
  8. I think I've found it!!!!!!!! :D:D:D Cort Curbow. :O! It was just lacking a bit of something! I'll work on it though! Maybe a graphite neck :O! :D:D:D! HAPPY! Have a good one!
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    For me, it has something to do with fretless and TI flats. That's as far as I am at the moment though -- pretty good for only playing since March 02, though.
  10. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I know how to get that sound, but I'm not going to tell you. :D

    Seriously, I've never had that problem. I have tried different basses and found sounds that I like. I don't have one sound in my head waiting to be recreated. I suppose that makes me either boring or lucky.

    Anyway, my recommendation is to enjoy the sounds that can get from your instruments and perhaps some day you will stumble on to "THE" sound.

    Best of luck.
  11. Beammeup


    Oct 7, 2002

    My recommendation is to:

    1) Be curious

    2) Browse your local dealers often.

    3) Don't hessitate to try new gear (It doesn't mean that you're buying, if you're trying)

    4) Browse your talkbass.com everyday for updates and new knowledge

    5) Browse sites like ebay etc.

    Kind your eyes and mind open and don't necessary pay attention to any specific brands or pricelevel.

    Use your ears.
  12. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    We all have this problem. It's called GAS! Just do what the rest of us do and keep buying and selling as many basses/heads/cabinets as you can! It's part of being a true bassist! :help: