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Cool down a hot bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by myetcetera, May 15, 2011.

  1. myetcetera


    Apr 23, 2010
    I have a Godin Freeway 4 passive bass. There's a lot I love about it. The body is maple and the stock pickups are hot giving the bass a modern mid rich sound.

    I'm looking for a deeper more vintage P sound and am looking at whether or not a pickup switch can get me any closer.

    Any ideas? Is a pickup switch a good place to start?
  2. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    You could try rolling back the volume a little bit. That will attenuate the signal as well as shift the resonant peak lower, effectively mellowing out the sound.
  3. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I would suggest NOT throwing water on it.

    Ninja edit: EQ should go a long way here.
  4. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Throw some standard Fender Precision pickups in there. They are like, $60 on ebay.
  5. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
  6. A pickup switch is not a good place to start.

    1) Roll off the highs.

    2) Install Labella Deep Talkin' flats.

    Problem solved (if not immediately, after a few months when the flats settle in.)

    Strings can make as much difference in sound as pickups do.
  7. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    Good point on flats. And I don't think a pickup swap should be the absolute first solution... it's pricey and not totally necessary... but some people think it's the best way to go so I just wanted to help this guy in case he's keeping that option open.
  8. myetcetera


    Apr 23, 2010
    Thanks for the suggestions. Rolling the volume back just a bit did make a nice difference and was something obvious that I had not tried. I have had some success playing with my tone knob and a VT Bass pedal.

    Ray, I misread your comment and threw a cup of water on my bass. As you predicted, this didn't help. Thanks a lot.

    I like the idea of trying a string change. Rather than re-inventing the discussion on strings here, I'll have a look through the string forum.
  9. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    In that case, I recommend doing a rain dance. You never know, it might help?

    To me it sounds like you're going for a warmer tone (at least, what I'd call a warmer tone). I don't know what for rounds you have on there, but even brand new, bright-as-heck rounds can be tamed down. I'd recommend starting with a "flat" EQ (or something reasonably close to that), and probably boost up the 100/150Hz region, and maybe bring down 5kHz a tad. Pick/pluck closer to the neck than the bridge, too. Keep the tone knob, if you have one, rolled off a bit.
  10. It hasn't been mentioned, but sometimes lowering pickups can render a different tone, especially if you think it sounds too hot.
  11. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    Along with the other great suggestions, I would also try to play closer to the neck for a deeper tone.

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