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basses for filthy, nasty tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wayner, May 13, 2005.

  1. Wayner


    May 7, 2004
    Maryland, USA
    I've got two really good clean sounding basses. I want something filthy, grimy and nasty. Which bass or basses are the best for this?

    If you say a fender P bass....what year(s), with what pickups?

    Anyone ever done anything else to filth things up more?
  2. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Music Man
    Zon Sonus Special
  3. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    Ric..without a doubt.
  4. I'd say go with a Lakland Darryl Jones with a maple fretboard. Mine is pretty good at the "dirty" thing, though I think an old tube amp might help enhance those qualities.
  5. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Lemmy is never wrong.
  6. Rickebacker with a marshall amp.

    I actually just seen motorhead live a week or 2 ago. It was Amazing!... Amazingly LOUD! I loved it. Lemme's tone was awesome.
  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    An Ibanez ATK bass - that bolt-on model with the great big hairy triple-coil pickup right in the sweet spot. A set of heavy-gauge stainless steel Ken Smith strings. Played through an overdriven SVT tube amp... :eek:

  8. eric234

    eric234 Guest

    Mar 11, 2005
    get the ibanez k5 series feildy addition is probably the most raw sounding of all
  9. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    If you do want a Precision, the maple fretboard goes a long way towards a more aggressive, gritty tone.
  10. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I reject your statment as a falsity.
  11. eric234

    eric234 Guest

    Mar 11, 2005
    have you heard feildy's sound? and don't ever accuse me of falsity it's my oppinion against yours
  12. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yes, I have. Is it nasty? Yes, however, two things: Firstly, Feildy doesn't use a K5, or at least not a stock one. Secondly, his sound is clicky; I would hardly gall it grimy or filthy, and while it is nasty, I'd put money on it's not the kind of nasty Wayner is talking about.

    And, on top of that, I've played several K5s, they sound pretty much like every single other Ibanez 5 string out there; I'm not sure how it's "raw" sounding at all. If you played it through an Ampeg or Mesa rig, I'd wager any "raw" was coming from the amp, not the bass. Meanwhile, fer instance, a Rick will sound raw though an Eden or through a Accugroove.

    Ace of Spades is nasty, grimy, filthy.
    Blind is just clicky.
  13. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    My '79 Kramer DMZ-5000 is giving up some nasty tone these days. A friend calls it a 4-pack-a-day smoker. He loves it. Sounds right for certain stuff and still has that great sustain.
  14. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    A Rick will deliver the nasty.

    Solo the bridge pickup, dig in hard, and watch your wallpaper peel away. Add some overdrive for some extra peel-ability.
  15. Everything Louder Than Everything Else! :bassist:
  16. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    P-Bass. No specific year, with a stock passive pickup will get very nasty. You may have to try a few out to find one that has an obnoxious, honkin' tone, but they're readily available.
  17. Stingray with action low enough that you get a bit of fretbuzz with every note. nastay.
  18. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Agree 100% with a Ric and with a Stingray.

    Just mean as hell.
  19. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I run a Stingray through a Peavey/Ampeg guitar stack and a Mesa/Ampeg bass stack, and it's pretty damn mean. I mean, it's not Lemmy mean (need a Ric to do that), but the Stingray gets about as mean as any bass I've heard, live or on record.
  20. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    What you need is the cheapest, most beat-up p-bass copy you can find, then beat it up some more. Run it through 15 distortion and chorus/phaser pedals mounted on a big chunk of plywood and play through a Fender Bassman 60 watt amp with all the controls turned to 10. You will get nasty, filthy tone. And it's pretty cool stuff. My friend uses a similar setup to this, except he recently sold out and got a Harke half stack and a Gibson tbird. :p

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