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Back to the basics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pappabass, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Like a lot of us, we go thru several styles of basses. 2 volume controls 3 tone controls, winding/coil position switches. I recently bought a Fender Mex P with EMG's. So I am back to 2 knobs,,, My other bass has the 2 volumes, 3 tone controls, 18v for wide range of tones. But I am starting to like the simplistic approach of the P bass. The EMG's seem to have a little wider tone response. I don't have to worry about switches getting bumped, batteries, turning the wrong knob, etc. If I need a little different sound that the single tone control will not give me, I can tweak the amp. I am pretty old school and generally like only a few of types of sounds, this works well for me & type of music I play. Don't get me wrong, I still like the clean, punchy & deep mix of sounds I get from my active bass. How about you guys?
  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    I'm a fairly simple guy myself... I only have 1 active bass and even then, I "set it and forget it" and don't mess around too much with knobs once I get the sound/tone I like.
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  3. Glasiron


    Jan 15, 2016
    Both have their merits. I like having at least one bass with an active preamp that can hit just about any sound I want, but I also really like having at least one simple passive bass that I can just plug in and play. Two different tools, and I like having one or two of each!
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  4. I buy expensive basses with elaborate control schemes, and then I like to leave them home while my Peavey Fury goes to the gig and on the record.
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