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How to get that perfect growly and punch tone

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by davidkrejci, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. davidkrejci


    Jul 9, 2014
    I love growly and punchy tones. I have a hard time achieving this though. Any tips on what bass, head or cabs, strings, or pedals that could help me achieve this tone. I've heard that orange terror heads give you a nice growl but im not sure.
  2. Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray. That's where I would start.
    newwavefrank, Afc70, kcolyar and 2 others like this.
  3. Mids get to the point where its honky and then back off, if your using comp set it so the note hits hard and then straight away goes back to a non compressed sound.
    hover and sonicnuance like this.
  4. In my (imperfect and limited) experience:

    1. Roundwounds
    2. Boost mids (high mids to be exact) on your amp a little.
    3. Play with your tone wide open
    4. Play like a man. Really dig into those strings.
  5. In a perfect world - buy a Spector or two (and that's coming from a straight up Musicman guy!)
  6. Amp and speaker headroom, while using a pedal for overdrive.
  7. i own a spector...this is the perfect bass for the tone you are looking for...its a deep fat, tons of growl, and punch, whilst all being clear...its amazing...and do yourself a favor and get a sansamp (i have one) this will really bring the sound you are looking for to life...its amazing!!
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  8. stoddart


    Sep 7, 2012
    If you play with your fingers, leave a little nail and curl your finger tips so you can apply some nail to the strings.
  9. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    I think I need one of these. Been listening to OPeration: Mindcrime too much lately :)
  10. Warwick Thumb Bass. Doesn´t matter too much the amp that you plug.
    Bassdirty and Kustom_Thunder like this.
  11. +1. A Thumb is the growliest of the growlers.
  12. Worldeeeter

    Worldeeeter Banned

    Mar 29, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    Buy a Spector bass. The signature Spector growl is legendary. The amp shouldn't matter, unless it compresses or muffles your tone.
  13. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I vote musicman!
    lmascheri likes this.
  14. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    growl: EBMM, Spector Euro, Jazz bass. Any one of these + stainless steel roto66, favour the bridge pickup. If needed boost mids on amp (around 250hz to keep punch and either 950hz for midrange domination or 1500-2000hz for growl). That's really about it for me.
    For true punch: Pbass + the instructions above.
  15. marmadaddy


    Oct 17, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    This is so subjective. Can you give any examples of recordings with the sound you're looking for?
    hover likes this.
  16. Boost high mids, and either use a Jazz bass (or I here a Stringray works great too) and/or bang them strings like there's no tomorrow.
  17. smcgov

    smcgov Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    Northshore Mass
    I have a czech-tor.....I've brought numerous high end basses to gigs and the soundman always pleads with me to
    bring the spector...it's distinct in the mix, punchy and has an attitude
    Bassdirty likes this.
  18. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet? Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Mt Vernon, NY
    My Roscoe growls. I think anything with Bartolini pickups will have an inherent growl.
  19. This is what I think of when I think of growl & punch.

    I use the Ric & Ampeg. I find I can get that tone close enough for me.

    Settings: Scale of 1-10

    High Midrange-3 (this amp has a 1-5 switch)
    FX-not applicable

    RIC 4003-Volume on both pickups about 3/4 & both Tones full. The pickup switch is both pickups.
    xaosbass likes this.
  20. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    i agree Stingray good start

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