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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. sharpbass


    Oct 4, 2011
    Flats, 0-25% open. I like it thick and dark. Just like I like my...
  2. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    With SS rounds, about 80% to 100% depending on the song.
  3. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    Nobody got banned again.
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  4. Reiska


    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    The other end: Punk Rock, the other one: Jazz, Jamerson, Duck Dunn. How much I open it depends on in which end I wan`t or need it to be, but my default is around 20% open. This is why I love Precision, no BS but a interface that can be operated succesfully by a technically challenged person like I am. I`m dreaming of an amp with tone and volume knobs only :)
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  5. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I feel that any nuance between either all the way off or all the way up gets lost in a live setting. If it's cranked anywhere but off, you lose the resonant lower mid "hump" inherent with that particular design. If you roll it anywhere less than full "up", you are just sucking highs from what can be heard through most live mixes. So for me it's carrots.
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  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    zero with the LB100
  7. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Really just depends on the song for me.
  8. stringthrough

    stringthrough Supporting Member

    I start with treble fully rolled off then I slowly dial it back in until I start hearing that P-bass grind. This typically happens about a quarter of the way in, varying by the amp I'm using and the room acoustics.
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  9. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    I am testing out a Pj 5 with the orange cap for the tone knob and have been adjusting pretty much every song to suit I think it makes it a big difference what is in your tone stack
  10. NYCBass

    NYCBass If it feels good it must be a Jazz Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    Queens NY
    There's really no right or wrong way to set your tone. Basically, it's what sounds best to you.
  11. Depends. Sometimes full on. Sometimes full off.
  12. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I change my knob quite often depending on the song. Mostly between 20%-80%.
  13. That's genius!
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I use rounds so I keep it around 70% for Rock and around 40% for R&B.
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  15. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Move it back and forth till it sounds good
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  16. ofajen


    Apr 12, 2007
    92.4W 38.9N
    Lately, I'd say the standard (HF) tone has been ranging from 20% to 40%. The Q-filter mid-cut has been ranging from 40% to 70%. The SX P has flats, and when I play it, I'm usually wanting a tone that has body but not a lot of highs.

  17. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
  18. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    I use the whole range. Gives me everything from vintage thump to bright clank depending on what I want.
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  19. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    MIM P with Quarter pounder.
    -When practicing it's almost all off.
    -When jamming it's 3/4 on
    -When performing it's full on.

    I'm not a fan of treble, but in live and ensemble situations you need those highs and high-mids to be heard. I also use never-changed pure nickel strings, so my tone is pretty warm to begin with.

    With my fretless LTD 214 P/J (flatwounds) the treble is nearly always full on and I flavor my tone with pickup combinations.
  20. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    100% full open. Dial down a bit if I want it mellow. I don't like it all the way turned off.
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