How to get rid of ugly sounds

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kwisatznick, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. kwisatznick


    Nov 14, 2001
    Flossmoor, IL
    Hey, I am the owner of a Music Man Stingray 4 and an Eden Metro. I have been playing a LOT recently, and I have been noticing some subtle yet annoying sounds coming out of the amp. I will try my best to describe them, can any of you tell me what I can do to get rid of them?

    First off, I will describe the EQ settings on the amp. I play on the left (solid state) channel on the amp, with all the EQ flat except for the enhance is at about 10 oclock. The gain is pretty high, about 11 or 12 oclock. The master is at about 11 or 12 as well.

    On the bass, the volume is all the way up, and all the eq settings are at flat.

    Now, the first ugly sound I am getting is just an overall 'boominess' and lack of clarity on the low notes. Also, some notes up the fretboard sound 'boomy' as well, but I have noticed no noticible pattern. Like the 10th and 8th frets on the low E string have this boomy quality to them, as do all the low bass notes.

    The second ugly sound I am getting is a percussive sound. It sounds as if the string is striking one of the frets as it is vibrating, or perhaps it is striking the pickup. It is a metallic clicky noise, and it only happens when i pluck the string pretty hard.

    I'm sure these are pretty common problems, does anyone know what changes I can make to my EQ/bass setup to fix these? I would fiddle with them myself, but I am a complete idiot :)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    well, if you can turn off the horn thatll get rid of the click, as well as kill your nice glassy suggestion is to turn your amp up higher and play with a softer touch, that way when you want to get as loud as you do when you really dig in you only have to play with what you now consider to be a normal attack.

    as for the boominess, my guess is its got more to do witht the bass neck than anything else...not really familiar with what controls are on the eden stuff, so im just gonna say a bit more enhance and if you can back off on the 130 to 180 hz range and kick up the real low stuff (30 to 70 hz)

    anybody else?
  3. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000

    I disagree. You don't want to kick up the low stuff...that's where the boominess comes from. Try cutting your lows and seeing what happens. With your gain cranked that high, everything will be somewhat exaggerated.

    Also, on the clickiness, you may want to check your fretting position. If you're fretting in the middle of the frets, it can cause a rattle. Make sure you fret directly behind the fret (that's kinda redundant, eh?:p) Another thing could be that the action of your bass is set too low, or you may have a bow in your neck. Hold the bass up and look down the neck and see if there is a major bow. If so, sounds like you need to have your bass set up. If not, you may just need your action raised, which is included in a set up.

    Keep in mind that these are all just basic suggestions...your profile doesn't indicate how long you've been playing, so I don't know your experiences or anything really.

    Good luck!