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Don't know if its the amp or bass.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by The1bassist06, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. I recently bought a new bass and amp. I bought a Warwick corvette $$ and a GK MB210. When I tried the warwick at the store I really liked it and was getting the tone I liked.

    Now I just got a new amp to from a different store and tried a couple basses on it and thought it sounded good. But once I got it home and plugged my warwick $$ into I for the love of god couldn't dial in a tone that I liked. Now I don't know if im just really bad at EQing or if one of them is the problem. I think it might be the amp because I was able to get the tone I wanted out my $$ at the store.

    Heres an example of the tone im looking for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QbGoM3jghM go to 6:56 in the video.
  2. There's a good chance your room has some funky acoustics also.
  3. I didn't even think about this. Will that really affect my tone that much?
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    When you tried the Warwick were you using the MB210? and you said you tried an amp at another store and ran some basses through it was one of those basses the same model as yours?
  5. Yes, room modes play hell with bass frequencies.

  6. No I tried the warwick on a Markbass 210 I think. And at the other store they didn't have the same model of bass for me to try on the amp.
  7. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    how do you have the eq on the GK set?
    where is the contour knob set?
    how do you have the eq on the bass set?
    are the strings on the bass dead?
    start with all eq settings flat
    try cutting different frequencies instead of boosting
    if any of the knobs are at the extremes 0 or 10 that might make it sound not so good
  8. Nominally flat for the amp head is treble 10, high mid 2, low mid 1, bass 10 o.clock positions, contour off. Cut and boost from there. Put the amp in the corner for starters. You'll probably need to cut some lows.
  9. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    ALL THE TIME! :bassist:

    I have been in rooms where my 210 makes too much sound and other rooms where my 810 sounds like a boom box. Room acoustics will mess with you at EVERY SHOW and everywhere you play. The key is to understand how your gear works - you can then work on adjusting it to your taste no matter where you play.
  10. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    What sounds good in the store often does not sound good elsewhere - particularly the mix.

    That WW corvette isn't a fancy bass, but it shouldn't sound "wrong". Take the new amp back, if you can.
  11. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    In future if you are going on a gear shopping trip take your own bass!

    At least that way you have a common denominator.

    Edit: Thinking that if an amp sounds good with one cabinet it will sound the same with another is a mistake. Most commercial offerings "colour" the sound they produce to a greater or lessor extent.
  12. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    OMG yes to this! Also, if you are performing to an audience, set your sound so it is right out there, which will probably mean it's too loud and boomy (or too quiet and tinny) where you're standing.