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Dark bass....

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Thumpie, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. I've got 1930s Kay that is tending towards a *dark* sound. I generally like it--it's more complex than the typical thumpy Kay sound--but I'm looking for tricks (BESIDES CHANGING THE STRINGS) to lighten it up a little bit...

    Any ideas?
  2. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Wire tailpiece, like a Marvin, may brighten it up. Also, sound post tweaks. This thread may do better in setup.
  3. Move the soundpost 1/4" toward the tailpiece.
  4. MaxJohnson


    Jan 29, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    A lighter brighter tailpiece would work. Mike Pecanic is a brilliant tailpiece maker. A different endpin, tailpiece cable, or set of adjusters can all work in your favor.
  5. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    aluminum adjusters, thinner bridge, removal of bridge wings, steel endpin
  6. Thanks guys! Lots of good ideas! Some I had heard of before but forgotten...

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