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Describe your bass tone!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Alexdeth89, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Alexdeth89


    May 7, 2012
    How wold you describe your tone? and what are some of the key factors to get it?

    I go first, I'll define my tone:
    Very articulate and mostly scooped out of the midrange, with prominent lows and highs.
    The low end is warm, deep and tight and the highs are very bright and zingy.
    I think most of the tone comes from my stainless strings, solid state amp and active electronics.

    Ok, now your turn guys :)
  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I work to sound like Bruce Thomas from those early Elvis Costello recordings: Accidents Will Happen, Lipstick Vogue, Pump It Up.

    Just using MIA Precisions, a Hartke LH1000, LDS 2 x 10 cabs.

    Not hard to get but, it's never tiresome and always seems to fit in with the music I am playing.
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Part McCartney, part Chris Squire, part Geddy Lee, part John Whetton, and the rest me.
  4. Loud.
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    been kind of into a post punk/gothic rock tone like jesus and mary chain or marilyn manson recently, wmd geiger counter bitcrushed tubey od voice into a vintage dr q envelope filter, a little synthy and processed i suppose, compared to my overdriven d180
  6. loinmute


    Feb 11, 2011
    Punchy, hollow, thump....but a very pronounced overdriven grind.
  7. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Overpowering in every frequency range
  8. subbasshz


    Aug 11, 2012
    phoenix az
    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    louder then god. I try to make people sick from volume / bass.
  9. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Heavy on the mids. If I'm on a P I'll play at the neck to accent the woodiness for that old Headhunters kind of sound (not that I can play anything like that) and expression. Used to play at the bridge all the time because I like that tone better but hard to be as expressive there. My recorded tones are all over from dark dark P to bright plucked lipstick to the classic jazz (and Jazz) sounds.
  10. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Big Angry Piano
  11. KICK-ASS!!!!!!!
  12. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I'm using a P-bass with flats. We all know what that sounds like.
  13. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    St. Marys, Ohio
    An iceberg. Cuts thru just enough so you know it's there, but underneath it will sink ships.
  14. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Assertive, lot's of sack and booty.
  15. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    Marcus Miller meets Bootsy Collins!
  16. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Mid-Range in your F@$kin' Face!!!!
  17. Numbpk3r2


    Jun 15, 2012
    Texarkana, Tx
    Twangy and Clangy ;)
  18. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I have three tone I try to get.

    1- P-Bass / Flats the "Pino" John Mayer Trio tone.

    2- Jazz-Bass "Jaco" bridge-pickup tone.

    3- Wal Mk1 fretless "Mick Karn" tone.
  19. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    raw and nasty, simple and spontaneous.
  20. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    i have no one specific tone. it's pretty much an amalgam of all the players that have had an influence on me as a player.