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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. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Most of the time I have mine set to 60%.
  2. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    50% and up or down depending on the room
  3. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    I took mine out.
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  4. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Where you need it.
  5. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Full on, or slight roll off... ~25%
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  6. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Depends on the song. My starting point or "general purpose" setting is at about 75% but I'll adjust it up or down to fit the song, though I don't often go below about 25%.
  7. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    My Attitude P bass doesn't even have a tone knob!
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  8. jacolyte

    jacolyte Inactive

    Oct 9, 2008
    boston area, usa
    first, you'll need a sextant. measure the azimuths of at least three celestial bodies at 6AM, noon, and 6PM. then, carefully calculate the differences of all three and average those. the next day, compensating for -

    wait, i was thinking of something else. a tone knob? turn it until it sounds good, and then stop turning it.
  9. Yup , removed mine as well
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  10. What is this tone knob you speak of ? If I play a bass with one it's always up all the way.
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  11. +6dB Dan

    +6dB Dan

    Dec 8, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    All the way off, that's my kind of sound! (I play finger style on flatwounds.)
  12. +6dB Dan

    +6dB Dan

    Dec 8, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Also, I'm intrigued by some of the percentage values I see on here. On my P-Bass, I can hear some tonal differences in the 0%-15% range of the knob, and then everything in the 15%-100% range sounds exactly the same to my ears (i.e, full on). My Jazz Bass is exactly the same way (both are stock MIA Fender instruments). Are my ears missing something? :bag:
  13. Completely rolled off 95% of the time. With LaBella deep talkin' flats, it's smoother than baby butterfly silk.
  14. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    Wiiiiiiide open
  15. ac11367


    Apr 26, 2007
    Flushing, NY
    I mostly stay at around 6. It's definitely easier to tell because I replaced the default knobs with numeric dials.
  16. I don't own passive basses !
  17. Pretty much all the way on. Sometimes backed off about 10-20% if there's not enough low end or treble is too piercing. Effects pedals tend to like more treble. I always try to set my basses a little high on the treble side and add low end with the amp.
  18. RandyM


    Jan 23, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    I have a Fender 1983, '62 reissue. I've had several and I've always used the same settings. If I'm using flatwounds , I have the tone all the way up. Rounds, I set it on 8ish.
  19. Anywhere between 80% to full open... Then most my tone fiddling is done on m amp.
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  20. 2 o'clock with a pick for a kind of Mo'Town feel... 10 o'clock and sunglasses for slap.
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