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how to get a vintage sound just for one song...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by GuzBaas, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. GuzBaas


    Oct 10, 2008
    ...without changing the bass...

    Id like to make my bass sound as vintage as possible for 3 and a half minutes, this is difficult to explain, I like how my bass sounds 95% of the time, so I don't think that buying another bass is the "best" solution... maybe there is a tube compressor/limiter, or overdrive or effect that helps...below 500 dollars would be good :D
  2. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    And what brand/model bass are you using???
  3. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    boss me50b ... hit the fretless and go .... nice boomy sound
  4. flatwound strings may help. those are WAY less than 500 dollars.
  5. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    If you'd rather not change basses, try a Sansamp of some sort.
  6. You could try overdriving an ART Tube MP (around $30-$40). Is it an old song? If so, which one?
  7. MetroBass


    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    +1 on the Sansamp. 150-250 dollars.
  8. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    Jam a strip of foam under the strings at the bridge for that one song?
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Turn down the treble, boost anywhere between 125-200 hz and pick closer to the neck.
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I use an OLC Flipster for when I need a vintage type tone out of my active, extended range basses and somewhat modern toned rig.
  11. i concur
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That reminds me...does that Flipster have a treble roll-off or does it pass through whatever freqs your amp normally does?

    BTW, that would be an excellent pedal for vintage. Baxandall EQ is total vintage and very musical the way it rolls off. And boosts.
  13. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
    maybe a VT, the Ampeg sound is very vintage sounding
  14. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
  15. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    i don't think this is exactly an effects question.
  16. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member


    Rip the arm off a stuffed animal.. put it under the string to dampen it.... you can adjust by taking or adding some of the stuffing... IF you like it make a "string pillow"

    Many 60s hollow body basses had a dampner.. this serves the same function.. does not require you to put flats on your bass.

    OR do the same thing with your right palm (assuming you're right handed)... and pick with your thumb near the neck... this will get you some type of thud.

    Remember to roll off your clicky high ends.
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    No it's not, but since it's in Effects, I guess some people figured he was looking for an effect. Me, I always figure someone is more interested in saving money so I try to suggest free alternatives, but I guess people really just want to spend a lot of money on gear.
  18. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    Does the foam trick really work?
  19. woodster


    Apr 24, 2004
    If you don`t have a Fender P any of the above.
  20. dinghy


    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    +1 I have one and it's just amazing. Gives a very fat sound, if that's what you mean.

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