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favorite style of equalizer.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scuba steve, Mar 11, 2006.


y'alls prefered style of equalizer.

Poll closed Mar 21, 2006.
  1. old school- volume, tone

    35.0%
  2. 2 band-treble, bass

    8.3%
  3. 3 band- treble, mid, bass

    44.2%
  4. star fighter cockpit-the more knobs and toggles the better

    12.5%
  1. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    i was jaust curious to what y'all prefer and why.
     
  2. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    3 band EQ for me.
     
  3. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    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.
     
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    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.
     
  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im a 3 band guy.
     
  6. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Three band.

    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!!!!

    :D

    Joe.
     
  7. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Mids is where the TONE is at!
     
  8. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Yessir, that would be correct.

    :D

    Joe.
     
  9. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    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.:bassist:
     
  10. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    isn't your thumb a two band?
     
  11. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    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 :D Just four volume controls, one of which is disabled since the power amp is currently bridged.
     
  12. Matt Call

    Matt Call Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    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.
     
  13. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Yep,

    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!

    :D

    Joe.
     
  14. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    I guess I'm a starfighter cockpit kinda guy. Right now my main bass has a J-retro. Thats 6 knobs and 3 switches:cool:. 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.
     
  15. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    yeah, i just ordered me a bo 4 thumb, and would love for you to fill me in on your mods some time.
     
  16. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    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.))

    :D

    Joe.
     
  17. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    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.
     
  18. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    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.
     
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    My favorite is an active bass, with volume, blend, bass, mid, treble, and a passive tone control. Very versatile!:cool:

    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.
     
  20. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    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.