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Do you play with both pickups wide open?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ppanousos, Nov 28, 2006.


  1. ppanousos

    ppanousos

    Apr 10, 2005
    Greece
    When i cut off some of the neck's pickup volume the sound becomes more punchy but looses that high end sound that i like in a bass.Do you have the same problem?
     
  2. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Allways ! :bassist:
     
  3. YES
     
  4. TreeChild

    TreeChild

    Feb 28, 2005
    Wimberley, TX
    i used to play with both of my emg HZ's wide open. but now i have them hard wired in series to one volume pot. talk about huge.
     
  5. Mandril

    Mandril

    May 10, 2006
    Madrid
    I used to cut off neck's pickup a little, but instead i cut off a little of bass in my amp and use both pickups wide open... My new berg cab helps with punch tho!
     
  6. stefandisgust

    stefandisgust

    May 28, 2006
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Spector Basses-New Artist
    I've learned its unswise to crank any instrument wide open.
     
  7. jady

    jady

    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    Either both or just the bridge pup with the tone all the way off for a punchy fingerstyle tone.
     
  8. Very rarely.
     
  9. MammaryVest

    MammaryVest

    Oct 18, 2006
    Stoneham, MA
    I play with both pickups all the way. It just bothers me to think that there is a pickup there that isn't being used. That's why I have three P-basses, and only one Warwick.
     
  10. incubus2432

    incubus2432

    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    Both p/u's and tone cranked. I also adjust them as close to the strings as possible. If I need any subtle variation in tone I alter my technique which gives me more range than switching p/u's or changing the volumes.
     
  11. doctorjazz

    doctorjazz

    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    I set the balance to about 75% bridge, 25% neck and run the volume at about 40%.
     
  12. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Both volumes wide open and the tone on 50%.
     
  13. jobo4

    jobo4

    Apr 19, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Bridge at 2/5 and neck 3/5. Slightly favoring the bridge pup gives me punch with plenty of tone across the spectrum.:)
     
  14. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    I use 100% neck 25% bridge for most playing.
     
  15. puff father

    puff father Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    Almost always both full on. Sometimes I back off one or the other depending on a particular sound I'd like to achieve.
     
  16. fender_mod

    fender_mod

    Jun 23, 2005
    i always have to favor one of my two extra pickups cuz my dimarzio P is enourmous. i have to cut way back on the vol and a little on the tone to keep it from overwhelming whatever alternate pickup im using.
     
  17. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I say between 30/70 or 45/65 towards my bridge pickup with my onboard preamp bass boosted 1/4 of the way. I used to only use both pickups wide open, but he more and mroe I listened to people's tones I liked the more and more I've changed my tone.
     
  18. high mileage

    high mileage

    Apr 17, 2006
    Rockford IL
    There's a big difference between passive and active here...

    Passive - always everything wide open.

    Active - depends on the sound I want, changes a lot but usually I'm 50/50 or maybe a little more towards the bridge. EQ changes.
     
  19. well on my jazz i usually play with both pickups centered, sometimes if i want a grunty slap tone ill lean towards the neck a little....sometimes if im playing a fast synth bass run from some cheesy song, ill solo the bridge pickup just for that line, my jazz is only wired vol/bal so theres no tone control on it
     
  20. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Yes I do.
     

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