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Getting tone. Advice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Andii Syckz, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    So I've been fooling around and trying to get a decent sound out of my goth series epiphone thunderbird. And i just can't. It seems that no matter what i do, it still sounds like mud.

    I'm going to get it rewired to Killswitch-Mster volume-master tone. But for now dialling with the 2 volumes and tone and my small 15 watt marshall combo amp, I must find something.

    Here are the marshall controls:
    Modern channel: Volume, Compression
    Vintage channel: Gain, volume
    3 band EQ: bass, mid, treble

    Feel free to move this if i'm in the wrong forum.
  2. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    You need a better amp I had an Epi Thunderbird, It wasnt the greatest sounding amp but I wouldnt say it sounded terrible.
  3. CORBS


    Dec 28, 2010
    Yeah your amp is terrible. Those basses can sound fantastic through, so I would recommend looking for a used 15" combo with at least 100 watts. That will make your bass sound like a bass. Of course bigger is always better so if you want more power and more speakers then that's only going to help.

    Epi thunderbird basses do not have a lot of treble by default, they are a more classic sounding bass so if you are looking for a scooped metal sound with treble like crazy you will want a different bass as well.
  4. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    The pickups in the Epi Birds can be great if you have a decent amp. I would say most of your problem is the Marshall. also depends what kind of "tone" you are going for. When I pimped my Epi Tbird, I kep the Epi neck pickup and swapped the bridge for a Lull (mostly for cosmetic reasosn). I thought the neck pup sounded great. One thing I don't like with T-birds is that the tone knob works on both pickups. I re-wred mine so it only rolls off the neck - since I always leave the bridge pickup treble. The blending of bite from the bridge and thump fromt he neck creates a well balanced sound.


    Aug 1, 2010
    My brother's Goth TBird sounds pretty clean through my Markbass rig. The pickups themselves are pretty nicely voiced and placed to my ears. I don't think a rewire is gonna fix your issue, and if you can't blend or switch the pickups you're gonna get rid of a lot of versatility.

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