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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. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    V & T wide open 99 44/100 % of the time unless I'm playing at a low volume with an acoustic ensemble, then V wide open and T rolled back about 50%. I like to control the sound from the amp, if possible, because it's easier to dial up repeatable settings (which can be largely accomplished just by leaving the amp settings untouched). Keep in mind, I mostly play blues, play exclusively with my fingers and usually play flatwound strung Precisions through tweeter-less 15s. I can usually get that old school P-Bass thud with just a little bit of bark with everything wide open.
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  2. Typically 4-10 on a scale of 1-10.

    I often stop around 8 when the volume is all the way up to avoid emphasizing squeaks with rounds.

    The mid-hump gets too prominent for normal use around and below 3. That said, 1-3 can work great for some styles/sounds; it's just not my "stock" sound.

    Kit: Fender 58 AV P Bass - No mods here. Low capacitance cabling.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2016
  3. blastoff


    Sep 5, 2007
    way out west
    is that what that knob does?
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I disclose nothing
  5. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    If you like the sound you're getting with it dimed but are having trouble with string squeak, go over to your amp and drop the treble control about 2 small notches from wherever you have it set and see if that doesn't just fix it.

    I use a Jazz Bass, so take this with a grain of salt. I dime both volumes and the tone pot, which sounds best on my bass (also kills any hum). I run the treble two tiny-clicks below flat on my Eden amp specifically to eliminate string noise. Boost it and you'll really hear a lot of string and fret noise.
  6. mech

    mech In Memoriam

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Wherever it needs to be.
  7. Crazyman582


    Dec 8, 2015
    you must have a large set... :smug:
  8. I set it where it sounds good for the song and the space.
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  9. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Flats. I keep it on full normally, and I usually roll it down to about five when I play with a pick.
  10. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    0 or 100, wish I just had a toggle switch
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  11. Planespotter


    Oct 11, 2015
    Volume and tone dimed.
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  12. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    100% most of the time. Sometimes I'll roll it back a little.
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  13. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    All on...I really don't use it.
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  14. Probably about 55% on. I play down over the imaginary bridge jazz pickup, so I usually roll the town back a bit to compensate.

    Labella DTF-FS & mapex fretboard for me
  15. Dan Bass

    Dan Bass Inactive

    May 26, 2014
    Virginia Beach.
    When I had a P-Bass I kept my tone knob all the way up nice and clear sounding, every once in a while I'd cut it back some.:):bassist::bassist:
  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I set the tone on mine by spinning that aft-most knob.

    I use that to change the tone depending on the song, or the mood I'm in.
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  17. alltomorrowsparties


    Oct 18, 2014
    with flats, usually between 75-100, usually higher.
    With rounds, between 50-100, usually around 75%.
    It all depends on the song and if I'm playing with a pick/fingers. I also utilize the volume knob quite a bit too as an overdrive/boost
  18. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    TI flats on full throttle.
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  19. With pick from 0-20% fingerstyle 30-40% clean. With overdrive or distortion 50% plus.
  20. madbass6

    madbass6 Inactive

    Jan 13, 2009
    I do not give consent to use any of my photos ! please respect that. thank you.
    How ?
    Umm lets see that's a tough one !!
    Try to Follow me here ,
    "Up" means up= louder! usually turn knob to the rite..
    "down" means down! =lower! usually turn knob to the left! Hope this helps. ;)
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