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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. Anywhere between 0% and 75%. Usually I keep in around 50%, but then tweak it depending on a song. When I'm playing my Labellas, I'd put it around 25% max, but sometimes it's completely off
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  2. Depends on the song. Mostly 100%, sometimes dialed back to 50-70% for old school. And 0% if the song calls for it.
  3. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    Depends on how much of the treble I want to roll off.
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  4. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
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  5. Maryvillebass

    Maryvillebass Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2015
    Maryville, TN
    wide open. I wish I could have even more most of the time.
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Full open for finger style, picking, slapping etc. Turn it down to get that classic thump if I need.
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  7. timocharis


    Oct 29, 2015
    Early '68 Tele (like the original Pbass) which seems a bit brighter than the usual P to me.

    The most common position is about 75%, but I'll run it anywhere from 0 to 100 depending on what I'm after. At 100 I have to be vewy vewy careful.
  8. Usually between 50-75%. Sometimes less treble, rarely more.
  9. bushbass


    Nov 6, 2014
    A 500k pot should give you a bit more high end or you could remove the tone pot like a Chris Aiken signature bass
  10. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I keep tone knobs on all basses all the way open at all times.

    One one bass I'm having the tone knob taken out entirely and replaced with a pickup selector switch (it's a two pickup bass).
  11. djcorn


    Apr 20, 2006
    Atlanta GA
    Try 'em all and let the feel of the song tell you what works. For me I factor in where my fingers are (neck, pickup, bridge) or pick. It's still amazes me the range of tones one can get out of one pickup using just a single tone knob
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  12. It rarely stays in the same place between songs, sometimes not even within a song. Mostly it's between about 25-90% - almost never fully off, and rarely fully open.
  13. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    All the way up or all the way down. It would be easier just to have a switch
  14. physics


    Aug 7, 2009
    Berkeley, CA
    I run my passive T'Bird with my pickups in single-coil mode and the volume pots set to cancel humm, like a J bass. My tone pot is set for minimal high end roll off, just enough to diminish high freq external noise.
  15. bassstation

    bassstation terms of enRAMPAGEment

    Allllll the way to the back, yas
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  16. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL

    0-25 here. Flats and fingers.
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  17. jp58


    Dec 9, 2009
    Full up, or rolled off some. I don't think I go below 50% ever though.
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  18. sharpbass


    Oct 4, 2011
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  19. Beef of the Sea

    Beef of the Sea Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use flats with my P.

    Tone knob all the way on if I'm playing classic rock/blues/oldies.

    Tone knob all the way down if I'm doing the Jamerson/Motown thing (foam mute + high gain settings here, too) or if I'm going for the Pino vibe.

    100% on has nice mids and cuts through the mix, while 0% brings out a special low-mid fatness that sounds just beautiful. Any setting in between sounds like crap IMO (lacks definition/articulation).
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2016
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  20. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Either 0%, 100%, or anywhere in between, depending.
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