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Fatter highs

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by drewfunk, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
    Alot of the bass lines i create use pretty high notes, up on the g string. Problem is anything i play on the g sounds very thin. What can i do to get a 'fatter' sound on the high notes without muddying my lows? Eq'ing, strings? I play an ibby atk through a gk backline 600 and a peavey 4x10, in a hard rock band.
  2. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    I would turn down the tone.

    Perhaps look into thinner strings as well.
  3. elzeder


    Mar 19, 2010
    Flats, the D and G sound really fat with flats (i got Labellas FL and TI's), try plucking by the neck as well and you can try adding low-mids.
  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Higher gauge strings would also help.

    Though I found ATKs to sound rather thin anyway.
  5. I like to turn up my mids for this. Generally I can keep high mids with rounded back treble and bass, and it makes it sound very warm. I imagine that turning up the treble and bass would (respectively) make the upper and lower registers sound thicker, but I don't have my bass right now to try it.
  6. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
    Flats are out, i like a punchy bright sound. I was thinking thicker d and g strings, and maybe some high mids added with the treble rolled off a bit?
  7. Samsound


    Sep 28, 2010
    Definitely pluck near the FB. You also might consider bringing down the highs more and some of the mids; for the non-hi stepping parts pluck closer to the bridge with a bit more attack to compensate for the EQ shift.

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