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Growliest bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Niskamies, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    So, what are the basses that are famous for their growl? I really like the tone of Tom Kennedy and his Fodera, and what other basses are that growly? Not talking about the traditional Jazz bass/Stingray growl, but more modern growl. And what EQ settings should be used to achieve growl?
  2. Well, the most growly sound EVER has to be Mike Kroeger's tone on Never Again, I love that tone. That's a warwick streamer stage 2(i believe), through mesa heads, that are overdriven. To get my growl, I use the pickup selector panned 3/4 towards the bridge, and the bass and treble equal. I then use a pick.
  3. Voodoo_Chile


    Dec 3, 2004
    Billy Sheehan's Yamaha Attitude for sure. What a sweet sound.
    and John Myung's bass has a nice little growl to it too.
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Wal ownz all for modern growl IMHO

    and you cannot be shy with the mids to make it come out. :bassist:
  5. FUNKonthewall

    FUNKonthewall Nailing The Groove

    Sep 29, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Endorsing: Fodera Guitars, Aguilar Amps, Dunlop/MXR Accessories
  6. G&L L2500... it growls and snarls like a chainsaw if you want it to... it is a sonic a$$kicking machine :bassist: :)
  7. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I think the Warwick Thumb is the growliest bass I've ever met.
  8. I would have to aggree that Wal is a growl monster. Pedulla's can have a nice growly tone as well. Heck, there are tons of basses out there that will give you a growly tone. Mr. Sheehan has a nice growly tone, and Geddy Lee gets a wicked tone out of jazzes, ricks, and wals.
  9. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    My warwick :p...

    Seriously though.. The thing is like a tiger.... Rawr.
  10. Warwicks give a tight, dry growl. Stingrays give a slightly warmer and more hi-fi growl, and jazzes give an even warmer one. Wals are expensive, but generally seem to be very growly.

    I'd say Warwicks are a good choice for growl. Stingrays are a good compromise if you like to keep some more traditional elements.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    i hate nickelback and i even know the bassist uses spectors. he has a decent growly tone
  12. My Cirrus 5 is a growling tiger.
  13. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    Spectors generally have a nice growl as well...
  14. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    attitude's have intense (like camping) growl, so much it almost sounds a bit overdriven.
    warwicks as well have growl along with kubicki's
  15. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Billy Sheehan's old Fender Precision bass on David Lee Roth's "Eat 'em and smile".

    That one has a real concrete mixer sound

  16. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I have to agree on the Attitude and Wal. and Jason Newsted has gotten soem pretty Growly tones, notably on King Nothign IIRC w/ Sadowsky (I assume)

    I guess Warwicks can growl a little too if ya force em...
  17. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Wal =modern growl definately.

    G&L L2000/L2500 = also growly but slightly different than Wal

    (I own both a Wal and an L2000) :bassist: :hyper: :D
  18. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Definitely Ritter! Tons of modern growl.

  19. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
  20. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    Someday I will order a custom shop Warwick Corvette 6 with Bartolinis, Aguilar OBP-3 and a ebony fretboard:) I think that that combination will growl nicely.