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How Do i Get a Dark Punchy Bass Tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SabilTheBassist, May 3, 2021 at 11:15 AM.

  1. SabilTheBassist


    Dec 5, 2020
    I Want To Sound Like Mike Dirnt And I use Jazz Bass I Set The Treble to 12 O'Clock Mid Set 3 O'clock And Bass At Full
  2. C Stone

    C Stone

    Sep 4, 2020
    P-bass with roundwound strings, Ampeg all tube amp. Noon-ish on high AND lows, try a slight boost in mids (2KHz) Low action for lots of buzz and grind...:thumbsup:

    With your Jazz bass use only the neck pick-up and roll off the tone a bit...For a more permanent 'fix' wire in a series/parallel switch.
    Last edited: May 3, 2021 at 11:50 AM
  3. TrevorG

    TrevorG Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Anything Markbass should do it.
  4. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Play with pick and palm mute.
  5. direktor

    direktor Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    “Punchy” can mean a certain type of compression too. A higher ratio, with low threshold and 200ms delay can let a lot more attack through on beginning of a note before it clamps down.

    Punchy can mean other things too. But there are lots of things engineers do, both in recording and even live that can go beyond what dials bass players have on their amp.
    RattleSnack likes this.
  6. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    +1 on compression. To me, punch on Jazz bass is in low mids, not low bass. Close tone pot a bit to make sound rounder.
  7. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    just buy a gibson!
  8. halcyo


    Sep 19, 2012
    Jazzes are definitely a little “brighter”, more sparkly than p basses. For years I thought I didn’t like P basses, but wisdom gained has proven otherwise. They’re perfect for “darker punch” you describe. Mess with tone knob to taste.

    Nowadays it’s my G&L L-1000 serving up this p bass type of flavor. With OMG mode on, it’s about as dark and punch you in the stomach as it gets.
  9. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    +1 on the series parallel - love the extra punch in the tone with this option and highly recommend.
    C Stone likes this.
  10. SabilTheBassist


    Dec 5, 2020
    I couldnt afford it, that bass is my first bass and i have no guitar
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