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Describe that "Tone in Your Head."

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by NekoTheWolf, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. NekoTheWolf


    Feb 20, 2013
    Every bass player has this tone in his or her head in which they spend their entire career trying to achieve, what's yours? Honky like Jaco? Deep like Jamerson? For me it's a nice warm and full sound but at the same time a bit honky (out of the bridge pickup on my bass.) So lets compare, and who knows maybe someone knows a way to achieve that "tone in your head."
  2. Round.
    Not being a smartass either. It's the best description I can come up with. Clangy without being clanky. Well defined, clear bass with slightly crunchy mid-range.
  3. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    Willie Weeks' tone
  4. A sharp defined thump. Not a thud. More like a splitting maul hitting a big piece of wood. What's that rubbery wood that people use for firewood because it smells good? Anyway it's really hard to split but it has that sound. It's a big full thud with a sharp crack too.
  5. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Supportive, but not puffy lows; balanced mids; smooth/burnished highs.
    it would be like...
    The tone love grandchild if the following cats and their basses got together:
    (Jimmy Johnson x Will Lee) + (Anthony Jackson x Nathan East)
  6. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Thick and curvy!
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Fat bottomed girl with a huge punch she smokes cigars but loves to drink high quality teas in the afternoon.
  8. Crystal clear bright highs with very deep tight lows, and scooped mids.
  9. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Heavy right hand + bridge oriented pickup + angry amp.

    Grindy high mids, focused lows.
  10. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Sure, like Jaco but with a little more beef on the low end.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  11. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    1. Warm but not overpowering lows.

    2. Punchy mids, but not to the point of honky. At least not in the mix. I've learned that what sounds slightly honky when playing alone sounds about right when the rest of the band joins in.

    3. Crystal clear highs, giving definition to the overall sound, but not crossing the line into brittle or harsh.

    4. No overdrive. I like the preamp pushed just to saturation, without actually breaking up. If I want a dirty sound, I'll step on a pedal. What I want most of the time is clean signal.
  12. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    Solid bottom growl... slightly hollow mid grind with snarl... smooth highs.
  13. Chromer


    Nov 28, 2012
    I'm going to be in trouble with this crew, I dial a tone to fit the song...

    Subby for some.
    Warm and round for others.
    "Piano" for a few.
    Fuzzed and clanky on occasion.
  14. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Kind of that "round" tone geeza describes, well-defined with solid fundamental and crunch I can adjust to fit the song.
  15. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    Punchy and gritty, but slightly smooth and fat.

  16. No I agree with this, but left to my own devices...
  17. There is no "tone" in my head. I set up, I warm up, I adjust the amp for whatever sounds good to me that evening. That makes it quite easy to be happy...and I have no intention of pursuing some mythical "tone".

    Relevant saying: "The perfect is the enemy of the good."
  18. MRDOOM


    Jul 16, 2009
    Clear, thick, and open.
  19. FIFboxer


    Oct 26, 2013
    I know the tone I want, but just do not know how to get it.

    How would you describe the tone:

    Is this just over-driven?
  20. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I want to sound like purple, chocolate, and sunshine...


    Thank you for your indulgence,


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