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How do you set the tone knob on your passive P Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HiEnd Basses, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    I was wondering if people had certain tone settings that they just keep their pot dialed to. For the longest time, I kept mine rolled all the way back, but I've been diming it sometimes; the only problem is occasional string squeak especially on the higher strings. What's your preferred setting?
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
  3. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    on 11
  4. jtharp


    May 25, 2008
    Berkeley, CA
    100%, and 80% when I slap
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Full on almost exclusively.
    jdb72, Shardik, lz4005 and 2 others like this.
  6. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Just over 1/4 turn back. Instant Jamerson with Thomastiks. ;-)
    Jim Carr, Pet Sounds, NYCBass and 3 others like this.
  7. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    On my maple fretboard P with rounds my tone knob is 75-100% wide open . Depends if I'm slapping or picking or finger style .

    On my rosewood fretboard P with TI flats my tone knob is 75-100% closed. Depends same as above.
  8. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    depends on the song...anywhere from 50% to 100%
    TalHaz, Bob Clayton and HiEnd Basses like this.
  9. colantalas


    Mar 26, 2014
    Keep mine dimed most of the time, but occasionally through certain amps/cabs my highs can sound a tad harsh and a slight turn back can remedy the issue.
    PluffMudQueen and bobba66 like this.
  10. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    75% most of the time. I like to have a little headroom for more treble side tone if needed
    PluffMudQueen likes this.
  11. Antisyzygy


    Dec 8, 2014
    25 - 100% depending.

    If I'm sitting in the mix, 25%-50%, if I'm trying to cut more, 100%.

    I don't like it rolled all the way off normally, too muddy.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2016
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  12. crlujan


    Jul 26, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    99.9% of the time, all the way off. 1 song in our set, all the way up.
    Ghastly and HiEnd Basses like this.
  13. Catbuster


    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    All the way on.
    MYLOWFREQ likes this.
  14. jasonrp


    Feb 19, 2015
    Dimed or close for a pick and about half for fingers
  15. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Between 25%-75% depending on my needs.
    Icculus and organworthyplayer337 like this.
  16. All the way open when I'm using a pick. Everything else has the tone 3/4 or half open
  17. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Always up. when I customize my basses I often remove the tone knob rather than making a new hole in a bass.

    If I want tone shaping I'll use my amp... or my computer (when recording).
    PluffMudQueen and Unemploid like this.
  18. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    between 1/4 - 1/2, I hate treble...
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  19. madbass6

    madbass6 Inactive

    Jan 13, 2009
    I do not give consent to use any of my photos ! please respect that. thank you.
    In my opinnion That would Depend on the size of room and acoustics in room ! not to mention your gear set up is also a huge factor! !!
    PluffMudQueen and adivin like this.
  20. My MIA Pbass has a rosewood neck and I use D'Addario light gauge chromes. I adjust the tone based on the song. Sometimes I go for a fat vintage sound and others I need a sharp crisp tone. It also depends if I am using fingers, thumb or pick. It also depends on what amp I am plugged into. They are not all the same. You're going to have to feel your way through this, as one setting doesn't fit all. :);):thumbsup:
    PluffMudQueen likes this.
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