Can a J Bass "cut through?"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr. Lovejoy, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. I always hear that one of the only cons of owning a J Bass is that it just doesn't cut through the mix in a rock or metal environment.

    Is this generally true? Could active EMGs fix this?
  2. Rav


    Dec 29, 2004
    Aurora, IL
    Yes they can.
  3. Mids and high mids are your friend. :)
  4. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner

  5. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    i play rock/metal with a fender jazz, and have for a few years. they cut through fine. i even use my fingers.

    seems to me, it's more a matter of amp and eq settings as to wether or not you cut through. i used to be very unhappy with my inability to be heard through the guitars, but all i did was add a preamp and change my eq, problem solved.
  6. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    ask Timmy C from RATM then come back and ask us again...
  7. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Back off the bridge pickup just slightly, and you get a lot of low-mids. Cuts through a rock mix just fine. Or, back off the neck pickup just a bit and you get lots of upper-mids. I don't find that that tone works so great in rock/metal, but I'm sure many will disagree.

    I went through several jazz basses before realizing that the character of the mids (read: how the bass cuts through a mix or not) is all in the balance between the two pickups. Now those always great feeling basses actually sound like I want them to as well. :D
  8. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area

    Also talk to JPJ & Geddy - they may have some thoughts on the matter too. :p

    Seriously though - nothing wrong with a J in rock. Nothing at all, IMO. :cool:
  9. it can if you crank the mids on your amp even.
  10. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    Is this a serious question?
  11. +1 :D
  12. Sure they can. Forget the bass: You're not holding your mouth right.
  13. Krank


    Aug 30, 2008
    Can I jump in here and ask: what pup settings are you using for hard rock/metal? I'm new to bass guitar. I've run the bridge only in recordings so far, but as I have reguar SC's in my JB there's some noise. Should I look into mixing the neck in? Or go noiseless?
  14. Jamasaurus


    Sep 10, 2007
    Naples, FL
    I use a Geddy Jazz with steel strings and believe me it cuts through. It doesn't hurt that I run it through GK gear. :)
  15. YES. Ian Hill used one for years with Judas Priest, and Greg Lake and Chris Squire used them as well.:bassist:
  16. I use a J and a J with a P pup and both work just fine and I play everything from Christian Praise to Iron Maiden.
  17. bgressman82


    Mar 5, 2009
    i've always gone both pickups full, tone wide open, and i've never regretted it.
  18. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    They cut through very well, much better than most basses typically used in heavy rock and metal.
    The thing is, cutting through isn't what you typically expect in metal. It's more about rumbling the stage. JBs aren't that good at it.
  19. I think my MIM Jazz cuts through BETTER than most, if not all, of my other basses.
  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    You're kidding, right ? (if not, someone is giving you bad information)

    One of the things J Basses are best at is "cutting through".