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Fatter tone?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dabass, Jan 18, 2017.


  1. dabass

    dabass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    NYC
    I'm looking to mellow out a lively 5 string J bass currently strung with Sadowsky Standards 45-130... I love the feel but want to mellow out and fatten the tone a bit... little more bottom end booty... any suggestions?
     
  2. Are you talking about rounds or flats? Black Label or Blue Label?
     
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Fatter tone means fatter strings (to me, anyways).
     
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  4. dabass

    dabass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    NYC
    Preferably rounds
     
  5. dabass

    dabass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    NYC
    The bass is currently setup with Sadowsky Blue Steel Rounds
     
  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Try dropping the tuning a half step, or using a lighter gauge string (and turning up your amp to compensate).
     
  7. fatter just means you have more tones in your timbre
     
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  8. DR Lo-Riders, Sunbeams or Pure Blues?
     
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  9. lz4005

    lz4005

    Oct 22, 2013
    This is why we can't have nice things.

    As for OP, my suggestion is don't change the strings for a while and use the bass EQ knob.
     
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  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Hehe, that's too funny. Part of the problem is that we all mean different, completely subjective, things when we say "fat tone". I agree, splurging on new strings before playing with all the available eqs is wasteful and silly. I was assuming OP had already exhausted the "stock" solutions, but maybe not.
     
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  11. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I assume you are talking about your Avella-Copella into a Tonehammer 500. Boost the low mids.
     
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  12. have you tried a compressor ??
    I can recommend the OVNIFX Smoothie but there are many others of course
     
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  13. MCS4

    MCS4

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Compressor. More worn strings, or flatwounds. EQ less treble, maybe mess around with the mids.

    Also, IMO, use lighter gauge strings for an overall mellow-er tone.
     
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  14. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I love compression as much as the next guy. I currently own four of them. But if you can't get a fat tone out of an A-C bass with a Tonehammer amp, something is not right. Fix that first, then look into compressors for added flavor.
     
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  15. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    nickel is warmer than steel ...

    i use GHS Pressurewounds .. or any other Roller Wound nickel outer wrap ... it's wrapped under pressure , which makes it a slightly Oval shape .. smooth , warm , less fret/finger noise ...

    you could also change your tone cap value if Passive ... to lower high freq roll off point ...
     
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  16. dabass

    dabass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    NYC
    Yes sir AC LM5 ToneHammer 500... may consider Nickels
     
  17. backin82

    backin82 Jack of a Few Trades Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Pardon the pun, but I've been hammered on here for my reviews of the TH 500. I didn't find it to be a particularly warm amp inherently. It was fluffy to me. Probably works best when loud, not at practice volumes. The high and low EQ points didn't work well for me at all. I found that rolling the highs back just took away all clarity on that head. Rolling them up made it sound clanky. Of course, it depends a lot on the cab as well.

    I agree with a few comments above - stick with a good worn set of nickel round wounds (probably smaller sizes, not bigger) and dial your tone knob on the bass near the center. Maybe try rolling some of the bridge pickup down a bit.

    I fought with that head for a while and decided I just didn't like what it did. I sold it and went a different direction. I'm glad I did!
     
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  18. sheltjo6

    sheltjo6 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2012
    California
    DR Nickel Lo-Riders and Sunbeams are the strings I found that fatten up the sound on my basses.
     
  19. RattleSnack

    RattleSnack Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Europe
    Cut tone (treble), boost low mids and a little bass. Any nickel roundwounds will do, but I loved DRs Sunbeams 45-105 for a fat rock sound.
     
  20. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Interesting. I think I'm about to get rid of my TH500. Not sure what you mean by "fluffy" though. I find it can get a little "clanky" at times,,, especially when pushing it hard. And yes, depends on the cab A LOT.

    I think the cutting a little high mid,, or boosting a little low mid might work for the OP to get a "fatter" sound. Set the TH flat, gain low, and Drive about noon,, then play with the mids... I'd start with Mid freq at 2:00, and Mid level at 1:00,,, or Mid freq at 9-10 o'clock and Mid level at 1 o'clock ish... See where ghat gets you.
     

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