Best punk sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by asmallfatdog, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. asmallfatdog

    asmallfatdog Guest

    Dec 19, 2014
    Hi, I own a TC Electronic BG250 amp and a Fender 1970's reissue Jazz bass. I'm just wondering how to get the best punk sound out of it, like The Clash and The Sex Pistols. Thanks is advance!
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    P bass and tube amp.

    With a Jazz dime the neck pup, shut off the bridge and roll off the tone.
    Some dead rounds or brighter flats will help too.
    Play closer to the neck too
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  3. I was going to say a 400rb in to a Ampeg 810e.
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  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    That'll work too but it isn't a dimed Bassman or V4B into a 810 :bassist:
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  5. True, but that is why I mentioned the 400 vs the 700 or 1001. Riding the GK rails is pretty "punk" sounding to my ear.

    Oh, also get a cheapass p bass and put chrome flats on it. ;)
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  6. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Yeah, big cab like a 810 or 215 and small cheap head always works.
    Back in the day a V4B or Bassman was a cheap head.
    The 400rb is great for it, even a Peavey Mk IV will work too
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  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    isn't that one of the hi tech emulator digital heads, just try the svt setting or the fender bassman setting and use whichever one sounds better with the jazz doing a neck pickup emphasized p sound
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  8. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Best punk sound = Mute :bag:

    Just kidding.

    Seriously, is there a best sound for punk? Isn't punk all about doing things your own way?

    So really the best rig for punk would be an ampeg 410 on top of a gk 112 on top of a peavey 115 with a stack of 2x8 crates on one side and a Marshall combo on the other. All running full range and being driven by 10 behringer amps (of various models obviously) :bassist:
  9. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
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  10. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    It depends on whether you want to sound like the pistols live, if so, de-tune your bass and play badly :)

    seriously though, listening to the pistols now, they sound like any pop song. Did we really think they were outrageously distorted? I was just glad to hear guitars again .
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  11. AndyLES


    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    A jazz bass is fine for punk - just ask Klaus Fluoride of the Dead Kennedys.

    I play in a punk cover band and I've used a wide variety of stuff over the years. With the TC amp, beam or download one of the Tube grit Toneprints, and you should be well on your way.
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  12. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Istanbul...not Constantinople Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Don't forget the SS rounds and pick! That will make more difference than you think.
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  13. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    P Bass
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  14. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    Id say a musicman stingray is the best punk tone fugazi and the dead milkmen and The vandals all used stingrays...
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  15. That. Klaus is, IMO, top of the heap as far as punk bass goes. Arguably the best ever, always a jazz bass with a pick.
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  16. Agree with this.

    To the OP: I also have a BG250, and often use "Little Grit" and "The Grind" to get a good dirty sound for punk. If you want to really get the audience freaking out, try "The Beast". It's perfect for seriously distorted stuff like Little Doll, by The Stooges. And it doesn't matter if you play a Jazz bass for punk. Heck, I've even played punk on a Fretless Jazz.
  17. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    Well Paul from the Clash was a dyed in the wool Fender Precision and Ampeg SVT 300 fan but fear not there is a pedal that can help the TC amps pre amp a lot.
    Ignore the silly accent and ridiculous number of strings involved in this demo because it shows the SVT clone ability of the Sansamp VT pedal quite well.
  18. What bass did Sid Vicious play again?

    Oh, that's right, he didn't. ;)
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  19. waltdogg


    May 24, 2014
    Acoustic 370, Peavey Mark III or IV, GK 400RB, Ampeg SVT/V-4B. P-Bass preferred but any bass will work if you're loud.
  20. Respectfully, how about we all stop suggesting that the OP buy new equipment? He's asked a question about getting the most out of his existing equipment.