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how do you get a natural sound through an amp

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tbird99, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. tbird99


    Jun 29, 2012
    Dalton, Ga
    I may have this In the wrong section but anyways after practicing a song by jaco on my amp I walked into the other room and sat down with my bass and just played it acousticly and it sounded much better than the setting on my amp , I didn't want to mess up my eq if for no reason so should I just put bass , treble and mid on 0 or what p.s. my head has settings for , gain, bass, 140hz,mid,1.6 khz, treble , it also has two buttons one which says deep and another which say bright , p.s.s. I'm using a p bass and the song is continuum by jaco
  2. Doser


    Jul 24, 2012
    Rochester, New York
    I am curious about dialing in good sound myself, having just picked up a whole new rig, with which I'm still tinkering...but I can offer the following advice:
    1. Before you change your eq levels, or any levels, write the settings you've got down. That way you won't "mess it up" irretrievably.
    2. From what I've seen on the forums, generally it is advised you start with all eq levels "flat", so nothing is being added or cut from the signal. This id includes turning up your master volume and tone on your bass. Then if you'd like to shape the tone differently from how it sounds "flat", investigate what each knob/dial does to your sound as you increase or decrease from flat, one at a time, and return each to flat before investigating the next. After that I suppose see how they are in combination.
    3. Jaco has a very distinct sound, and I suspect he may have his tone knob on his bass rather low, although this may not be the case. I'm sure there's a wealth of info out there on how to imitate his tone, more or less. But if you're trying to keep your bass' "unplugged" tone when amping up, you will have to try to minimize the effect of your gear, pickups, etc on the natural sound of the instrument, which will involve a bit of monkeying around and comparing back and forth.
    4. Don't forget to make sure you're at playing volume (whatever that is for your situation) when you decide on a certain amp setup. Volume can make a big difference.
    Good luck!
  3. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Play your bass while adjusting your EQ with your eyes closed. Too many people EQ with their eyes, ie set the knobs the way they imagine they should be set to get the tone they want. I'm guilty of this myself.

    Pay no attention to where the knobs point visually, just listen closely to how the tone changes as you turn each knob, and use your ears to find a tone that works for you.

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