How can I add growl to my MTD Grendel?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by richperson, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. richperson


    Mar 20, 2002
    I have an MTD Grendel 5-string which I have really enjoyed playing. It has very nice balance and I have fallen in love with the 35" scale assymetric neck.

    However, shortly after I bought it, I played an MTD Kingston and loved the growl that bass produced. I have since enjoyed the sound of MM bases. Just last week I listened to an excellent bass player on a cruise. His bass was tight punchy and had a mild growl in the midrange. I talked to him after the show and he showed me his Warwick Streamer Stage II (5). I loved the sound of this bass also, but I'm wondering if there is a way to get that sound from my Grendel.

    Some information: I play 100% fingerstyle and play some mellow and some more alternative rock music. I usually play with mostly the neck jazz PU and use very little of the bridge PU. Since I don't use the bridge PU very much I was considering replacing it with something that I could blend in some of that growly tone I'm looking for. I thought about a basslines jazz pickup, but also considered routing out the top and adding a large coil MM style bridge pickup.

    Any suggestions on how I can add growl to my Grendel?
  2. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Feed it Alpo?

    I am absolutely positively sold on Barts. I have Barts in my Thumb and it GROWLS!


  3. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    I'm surprised you aren't getting growl out of your Grendel - I had several MTD Beasts (passive 4-string Czech MTDs similar to your Grendel) and I think that growl was one of their main attributes (growly and punchy are the two words I'd use to characterize them).

    When you favor the bridge pickup - does that not give you some growl? (I always favored the neck pickup slightly but it still growled). Also, the Grendel is active, right? Isn't it 2-band? Maybe try backing off the highs and lows some (bump the volume if needed) to bring out more midrange.
  4. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Sorry to post the obvious, but have you changes your strings lately?

  5. rubo


    Aug 25, 2003
    I would first play with your amp EQ, try boosting few dBs in the 400 - 500 hz zone.

  6. richperson


    Mar 20, 2002
    I'll try backing down on the T and B and bring in more bridge. And my strings may need some help too. Thanks for the tips guys.

    Although, I'd still be interested in suggestions about possible switching over to a more edgy bridge pickup.
  7. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    the growl you seek is in the bridge pickup, young warrior - ;)

    no way are you going to get it if you are favoring the neck pickup.
    the Grendel should growl like a hungry wolf.