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Basses that are naturally thicker in tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tommygunn, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    My first bass is what I can only describe as thick in tone. It has crazy sustain, it has a lot of clank, its really bright (and it has nickle rounds from 2007 on it), its really loud acoustically, and it has amazing lows (acoustically and plugged it). By lows I mean like this song, but even thicker and deeper than that. I'm under the impression that its from how it was made. Its plywood, with a 2lbs bridge, and maple/maple neck. What makes my bass like this? Do you have a bass like this?
  2. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Banned

    Jun 30, 2010
    That's not what most people would call a DEEP tone. It's actually clear and clanky.

    Sounds like an Ibanez .
  3. +1 on the clear and clanky. To me, low thick tone is like a pipe organ pedal. Round and vibrating that will shake your pants off. :)
  4. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005
    That is NOT a thick tone. That is a bass with round wound strings with a lot of treble and mids.

    My Hofner Icon bass with LaBella Beatle flatwounds, now THAT is thick and deep!
  5. didn't listen to the clip, but my def of *thick* is Ken Smith
  6. Pretty much every bass I've played with the "turbo" pickup configuration (Ken Smith, Spector, Modulus Quantum Turbo, Surine, etc) all have a really thick tone.
  7. bassslater19876


    May 30, 2010
    If you mean Nirvana, Krist like thick, (which I can understand, fairly thick genre) look at some Stoner Metal bassists gear. Electric Wizard is thicker than molasses, so is Sleep, Bongripper, etc etc. Most of those bassists IME use 4 string P's with massive heaps of fuzz, overdrive, distortion, tubes and 15 or up speakers.
  8. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    That's neither thick or deep. A typical bass strung with rounds and played with a pick sounds like that. My Spector has a thick tone and my USA P has a truly deep tone.
  9. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Well I'm saying thats what my bass sounds like without effects. Its bright like that clip, but IMO in that song the lows are really bassy. Thick is like the only way I can describe it.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Deep sounding bass

    Try a t-bird or an EB3
  11. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    No I'm wondering what makes mine sound like this, not what other thick bass I can get.
  12. a hot pickup?
  13. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    How about you just tell us what bass you have. It would probably be a lot easier...
  14. bassslater19876


    May 30, 2010
    >Squier VM tele bass, mike dirnt pbass, mark hoppus jazz.
    >Squier VM tele bass, mike dirnt pbass,
    >Both p basses

    While, to answer why it sounds like that is a combination of where you play it, how you play it, the tone wood, what amp you run it though, head, cab, the sun shining, if your wife's mad at you, how good your doing at work. Everything goes into it. Do you not like the tone and want something different?
  15. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    If you describe that as "thick" and "bassy", I'd say you're a wee bit confused as to what those terms actually mean to most people.
  16. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    If anything, that is high-mid/trebly with a pick.
  17. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk?

    Sep 13, 2005
  18. bassslater19876


    May 30, 2010
    That's where I got confused, that tone isn't what I'd reference thick to at all. I think he means its just a thick song.
  19. VincentGrim

    VincentGrim Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2008
    While I will mirror what people have said about it being a very trebly/high-mid focused tone, it does seem to have a biiiiiiiit more bass going on for it than the tones of say, blink 182 for example, and other bassist who go that route tone-wise. My only suggestion would be to either crank your treble/high-mids, leave your low-mids alone and boost the bass a bit, or roll off your tone knob a bit. : /
  20. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Thats not quite what it sounds like. Thats the best example I can find though. Its a lot bassier. Its a Pbass body made of plywood with a maple maple neck. The pickup is a JJhumbucker but even played unplugged, its really thick sounding.

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