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Fretless tonal solutions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Zanzibar Delgado, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Zanzibar Delgado

    Zanzibar Delgado Supporting Member

    Hey everybody, my birthday is coming up soon, and I've been really wanting to take my tone a step up. I don't know where to start as far as upgrades/effects/EQ though.

    Tonally, I play a pretty wide range of stuff. Death metal with one band, fusion with another, progressive rock with another, and I also do solo bass noodles by myself. My ideal tone would have to be Sean Malone's on Cynic's Focus record.

    As it stands, I've been pretty content with my sound. The only issues I have are these:

    -my B sounds weak, and lacks definition
    -my high C is too nasally (my guitarist likens it to a fly buzzing in and out of your ear)
    -with my bridge pickup solo'd, the low-end and midrange of the instrument sound great; clear, and with a definite low punch, but this causes the high-end to become too thin and abrasive
    -with neck pickup solo'd, the high-end sounds warm and full, but the lows become muddy and undefined
    -the bass's onboard EQ isn't the greatest; the bass control is way too boomy and the treble doesn't do much besides add hiss

    I usually just keep the bridge pickup on, since it typically sounds a bit better in an ensemble setting.

    I play through a Carvin BX600/Avatar B212 set-up, but am considering adding a 2x10 or 1x15. My EQ has a definite mid-boost, with a slight cut to treble, and the bass is about flat. The only pedals I use are an Akai Headrush for delay and looping, and seldomly a Boss ODB-3.

    I'm strung with Carvin flats right now, but have been thinking about switching to DR Sunbeams. I'm worried about what they might do to my uncoated rosewood fingerboard though.

    I've looked into pickups, preamps, DI boxes, EQ pedals, compressors, cabs, and I just can't seem to pinpoint what I need.

    So, do you guys have any suggestions as to what I should look into? All advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Price range is around $300, give or take.


    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    I think you are heading in the right direction by trying different string choices. Strings IMHO make the biggest difference in a basses character.

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