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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scuba steve, Mar 11, 2006.
i was jaust curious to what y'all prefer and why.
3 band EQ for me.
I'm digging the 3 band in my Ibanez SR800.
I can't actlally tell too much of a difference right now until I hit the band situation, then...cut through should be better.
Well, the last option sounds exaggerated and that's why I hesitated to choose it, but anyway it's the one that approximates the most to my tastes. I love versatility and knobs-toggles don't intimidate me (it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm moving them all the time. I just like to have options at my fingertips). That's one of the things I appreciate the most from my Bongos: Both have two humbuckers and a piezo bridge which can be blended any way I like, plus a 4-band EQ: Bass - Lo mid - Hi mid - Treble.
Im a 3 band guy.
You'se gots ta be able ta control dem mids!
Either a three band or a passive Vol/Tone setup.
Two band? Why? I guess you can always suck back the bass and treble to accentuate the mids.
It's all about the mids baby!!!!
Mids is where the TONE is at!
Yessir, that would be correct.
On one hand, I want the simplest setup that works.
On the other hand, sometimes it can't be accomplished with 3 bands.
At last night's gig, I didn't feel like fussing with the 7 band eq.
But, after the first set, I had to take it out - that particular room made it necessary.
But, I also wouldn't ever say "the more knobs the better."
So, I was really somewhere in between those last 2 choices.
isn't your thumb a two band?
I voted old school, but the tone control is actually disconnected from most of my basses.
At the one practice space I currently have *no* tone controls Just four volume controls, one of which is disabled since the power amp is currently bridged.
The more I think and play, I'm starting to realize that I really like 2-band EQs more than anything.
The preamp on my Bongo is amazing; but I only ever use treble and bass. Keep it simple. I mean, just look at Sadowsky.
Which I never use.
It is a very mid-heavy bass.
When I ordered my LeCompte F'less I had but put in a 3-band with switchable mid frequency...which I rarely use. Rolling the balance a tad to the bridge pickup gives me all the mids I need.
If I had a bass that was not naturally middy I would definitely make use of a mid eq! Even my 'P' is middy! I buy middy basses to avoid (as much as possible) using the EQ.
Mids are where it's at!
I guess I'm a starfighter cockpit kinda guy. Right now my main bass has a J-retro. Thats 6 knobs and 3 switches. I prefer as much onboard control as possible because I am playing with several university bands and I am stuck with using whatever amps are available at a given venue and usually don't have time to sit down and dial in an amp. With a highly controllable preamp like the J-retro I can compensate and dial in my sound better on the fly. Sometimes I've got all 6 knobs and every switch in action, other times, I just have to flip into passive mode to get the tone I want.
yeah, i just ordered me a bo 4 thumb, and would love for you to fill me in on your mods some time.
My only mod is a couple of Barts and all I can say about that is 'Yeah Baby!'.
(I bought it used. They were installed by Mike Lull and I believe that it is the original preamp. (There's nothing on it to indicate otherwise.))
I like volume volume and tone, and I either leave each knob at 100% or 0%, I like what those 6 combinations it can give me. I don't need anything more complex than that.
Exactly my thoughts. As I said, I love versatility, but I don't feel the necessity of going to the extreme with an on-board 7 band eq.
My favorite is an active bass, with volume, blend, bass, mid, treble, and a passive tone control. Very versatile!
My second favorite is the 4 band EQ on the MM Bongo. This bass has the most powerful EQ of any production bass that I have played.
One of my favorite options is a passive vol/tone bass going into a nice EQ/preamp pedal. That way I get the clean look on the instrument with the option to kick in some tone-shaping.