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Growl Effect

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tykus, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. tykus


    Sep 21, 2011
    Can you tell me if there is an effect that would add "jazz growl" to my Precision bass?
  2. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Yup...called EQ. ;-)
  3. And the right kinda strings ...
  4. PJSim


    Jan 16, 2011
    Try some overdrive and eq'ing , in my ears the growl is in the mid frequencies ...
  5. caeman

    caeman The Root Master

    Sep 17, 2008
    Flats on a fret-less, with the tone to the darker side.

    or, an FEA Growler...if you can find one. Or, an overdrive pedal at VERY light settings.
  6. tykus


    Sep 21, 2011
    Was searching Internet for FEA Growler but couldn't find one for sale. So I guess overdrive + EQ is the way to go! Thanks guys.

    Btw. Which Overdrive and EQ pedal would you recommend?
  7. PJSim


    Jan 16, 2011
  8. tykus


    Sep 21, 2011
    I will probably play a little with the EQ first and at some point will get MXR Blowtorch. Saw a demo on youtube and liked the sound.

    Thank you all for the input!
  9. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    So...I've been having the same problem and you know what has worked for me???

    The Behringer Bass Driver clone. Jazz basses have a deep upper mid scoop and P basses have a big lower mid boost. This pedal gives me the right kind of scoop and the presence control gives me the chimey bright tones of a Jazz bass.
  10. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    um, how 'bout a Jazz Bass?
  11. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    I know for me personally my Pbass (well, G&L SB-1) is the perfect bass for me but in my current band I really need a jazz bass sound but I can't afford an new bass (nor do I want one).
  12. Bakkster_Man


    Jan 15, 2006
    Check the Agilar Tone Hammer. Tunable mids, plus an overdrive circuit. I get good growl from mine, despite being on a cheapo stingray copy.
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I like the Rusty Box also for some growl
  14. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    My P bass gets a good growl. I just use the Ampeg setting on my Zoom B2 labeled A0 and I have Fender 7250's on the bass, with the tone turned all the way up
  15. Don't talk about my girlfriend like that! :)
  16. ChrisHooker


    Jul 29, 2012
    Maryville, TN
    Also lowering the action to induce a bit of fret buzz can add growl.
  17. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    darkglass b3k?
  18. I thought he was talkin' about my ex-wife.

  19. This is gonna sound crazy, but try a Boss flanger BF-2. I wish every pedal had a momentary function like this thing. Of course you have to voice it your instrument, but I have my rate set around 4, depth around 8, manual at 6, and res at 4. I hit it just when I need a little more mwah.

    This is a little off topic, but the same settings work well on my Ken Smith BSRJ5MW. When I play 3-note chords in the low register, say around G or F#, it really helps pull just the right amount of mud to make em audible in a three-piece band setting.
  20. J Growl is essentially the same as P Grunt. Both describe delicate sonic events that can be easily destroyed. They are all about tightness in the bottom octave. Detail in that range may seem a strange subject, so let me liken this to the difference between MP3 and CD. The first time I taste-tested an MP3 file against a CD, I listened to an exposed low tuba passage. In the MP3, the pitch was reproduced faithfully, but that was all. On the CD, I could fairly hear each individual juicy flapping of the tubist's lips. Now there is no way that EQ or speakers or any other device can add what's not there. It can add emphasis to a certain frequency, sure, but not detail. So if we want grunt or growl, we need first to preserve that sonic event, then to make sure nothing obliterates it. If you're not hearing it with what you already have, no amount of adding boxes will help, so first fix what you have. After that, you may be reluctant to add more stuff because of the chance of wiping over the goodness you already have.