Fender J Bass sounds like saucepan

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sa1kon, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Sa1kon


    May 28, 2019
    Hi guys!
    Can you check is everything ok with my new Fender American J Bass?
    It;s sounds like saucepan.

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  2. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    So your bass sounds like a saucepan. I wouldn't stand for that. Return immediately.

    Mine sounds like a wok, just like Fender promised in the brochure. I guess I got lucky.

    Oh, and welcome to TB, you're gonna fit right in with all us other nutjobs. ;)
  3. It sounds like a jazz bass. Everything is ok.
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  4. Sa1kon


    May 28, 2019
    Thank you very much!
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Pulsating Moog comes to mind................that's what she said.
  6. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Have you seasoned it? The process of seasoning fills the minute pores of the bass with carbonized oil, forming a protective barrier against oxidation (which would otherwise cause pitting and/or rust), and helping to prevent sticking. Here's how to season your bass:

    The Stovetop Method
    Pour a bit of vegetable oil onto the bass and spread with your fingers. Put the bass over moderate heat and remove when the oil begins to smoke. Let the bass cool completely. With a clean cloth or paper towel, wipe off any excess oil and your bass is now ready to use.

    The Oven Method
    Pour a bit of vegetable oil onto the bass and spread with your fingers. Put the oiled bass in a 300-350°F oven for about an hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. Then wipe off excess oil and your bass is ready to use.

    The French Fry Method
    Some luthiers suggest making French fries in your new bass a few times to season it.

    An Alternate Oven Method
    Thinly coat the surface with food-grade organic flaxseed oil before heating the bass upside-down at 500°F for an hour, allowing it to cool for a couple hours, then repeating the process six more times for a perfect, long-lasting non-stick coating.

    But remember, whatever method you choose, you can't wok 'n' roll with a saucepan.
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  7. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    I know it's only Wok 'n' Roll
    God Gave Wok 'n' Roll To You
  8. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Mine sounded like a water sprinkler.
    I immediately sold it and purchased a G&L which gave me the power washer sound I was looking for
  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I hear an alternating 3rd and 5th harmonic overtone.
    That's caused by where you are plucking.

    Edit:Try plucking farther up.
    Move your hand while plucking along the strings between the bridge and the end of the fingerboard.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Depends on the mix.
  11. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    you're lucky, the last fender I had sounded like a wet fart........
  12. Turbo Sparky

    Turbo Sparky Supporting Member

    May 14, 2018
    South Eastern U.S.
    Was that a wokking bass line?
    "I think people who Wok their dogs are sick," exclaimed Martin Yan on his '80's show "Yan can cook."
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  13. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Is it the Rachael Ray signature Jazz? It's supposed to sound like that.
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  14. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    I can't really tell from that clip if it's a Cuisinart or a Lagostina.
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  15. fjbass78


    Jun 21, 2007
    Are you doing that on purpose? Are the strings wrapped around the string post well? Is it your finger nails, or maybe lower the pickups.
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  16. Kro


    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    That sure sounds like a J-bass to me. I'm more amazed at the tone you get out of your saucepans!
  17. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Clip 1 reminds me of Faith Healer, Alex Harvey band
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  18. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid

    Jun 7, 2013
    And in this case the problem is exacerbated by having the pickups too high.

    Setup + technique. You can remove the Jazz bass from the kitchen cabinets now.
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  19. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    For those about to wok, we salute you! :woot:
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  20. Mordamir


    Oct 19, 2018
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