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How do I get a raw bass tone?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by devinp17, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. devinp17

    devinp17 Guest

    Hey everyone. I was wondering if anyone could help me with getting a raw sound from my bass. I'm a finger-style bassist, and I'm currently playing a Squier Precision Bass Special (P/J) along with a Traynor BLOC 80B... very simple combo amp.(Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass). I'll be getting an Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather Bass Expander Pedal soon as I ordered it a few days ago. So does anyone have some suggestions? New amp, another pedal, different bass maybe? I might be getting the Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass because I know that the middle switch setting sounds really nice and raw!

    Any help is appreciated! :) Thanks!
  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    What does "raw" mean to you?
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    +1, maybe an example of the tone you're trying to emulate?
  4. devinp17

    devinp17 Guest

    I wanna get kinda like a Fender Jazz Bass Special type sound...
    That's the rawest sounding bass I've ever heard... I have the P/J pickups but I don't know what else...
  5. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    You mean one of the 80s ones like Duff McKagan played? Friend, there is no such thing as "the" Fender Jazz Special "sound." It has two pickups and a tone control - you can get lots of different sounds out of it. So you've still given us no idea what you actually mean by "raw."

    If you want Duff McKagan's tone, or that of someone else who uses that particular bass, tell us so, and maybe someone knows what else they use in their rig. Or if you have a youtube video or sound clip of the tone you want, share that and people may have ideas how to get it. Not much we can say without more information.
  6. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    The Rickenbacker 4003 is pretty knarly sounding. So is a Fender Precision or Jazz that has a maple fingerboard, with very low action.
  7. nightwulf


    Feb 27, 2011
    Edmonds Wa
    Don't boil your strings?
  8. Boot Soul

    Boot Soul

    Feb 10, 2009
    play naked
  9. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    This sounds snarky, but I don't mean it that way: Practice more and worry about gear less. You can find your sound with your fingers so long as you have half decent gear. No pedals, no gimmicks - FINGERS.
  10. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    don't cook it
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  12. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    :meh: I'm disappointed EH would even market such silliness.
    Keep your strings clean and learn to use your fingers and your amp controls.
  13. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    I was going to suggest the Steel Leather pedal because that is the rawest signal I've ever gotten. . . but you're doing that.

    So I have nothing else to suggest!
  14. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
  15. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    Clanky high mids are "raw" now?
  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Wow is that a cool sound thanks for sharing that I want one also.
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Put on new strings and disconnect pedals between you and the amp. That's as "raw" as it gets....whateverinhell "raw" means.
  18. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    + 1 San Diego Harry, I've searched the world over when all along it was in my hands the whole time. But the answer you are seeking would be in a set of Lindy Fralin precision style pickups...
  19. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    I don't consider it a clanky high mid the way I have it set on my board. . .I use it for my Sabbath tone. I actually call it "raw".
  20. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012

    By definition, 'raw' is in it's natural state. It doesn't make sense, saying something altered or run through an effect is 'raw'. I think a better description is in order.