guitarist loving bass! tone struggles

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sammyp, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    been practicing fingerstyle on bass hard for 2 years after many years of lead guitar ....honestly, i thought bass was bass ...but after owning a Sterling Ray, Amex jazz, Ibanez 500, 505, warwick taranis, sx p bass....i am lost ...this is as bad as my crossover from strat to tele for the sake of chicken pickin'' .....took years to get over the comfort of strat tone.

    i like elements of the classics - p - j - musicman ...can't settle on one the wick but it's let's me down in bars live ...great for recording frustrated!

    help!? :help:

    after about 5 years of tele from strat ...i realized that the tele could do anything on a gig pretty damn good ...from country to van halen ...i beleive i can have this relationship with one bass ...but which one?
  2. arsie


    Jan 19, 2011
    Welcome to playing bass.
  3. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    dude ...i thought it would be plan was to get one good recording bass for my studio ...but i got so in love with it i asking for gigs i practice like a highschooler and am in the throws of tonal hell!

    my brain is consumed by bass player mags and basslines ...i should've known better ....i'm 40 years old ...nothing's changed sinse i picked up a guitar in '86. mom told me i was getting too much into this!
  4. pHace on Bass

    pHace on Bass

    Apr 21, 2012
    Playing any instrument, especially recording, is so anti-Highlander- There can be only many!
  5. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    yup! why did i think any different of bass? one bass? LOL i own 10 guitars or more ...good lord confirmed my worst fears! get any sleep at night ...i need a J, P, and a humbucker bass - EB wick is a j / mm .....American made that is my (my needs) ..tired of messing with the frets on the SX...
  6. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    get a bass that has a p pickup, and a bridge humbucker. for the bridge humbucker, install a three way coil tap for parallel, single coil, and series operation. if you really want to get interesting, stick a mudbucker in the neck position. BAM! insta-swiss army bass.
  7. Lol. Its an addiction. The only thing keeping me from having a bunch of random gear is being broke.
  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    It's not just which bass, but what strings to put on it. And what amp. And which cab. And how to EQ. And then just maybe a pickup change... ;)