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How to get this amazing sound?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by USAOwnz, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. USAOwnz


    Sep 7, 2008

    I don't know where to start, I have a PJ, but something tells me this is Jazz territory, eh? I simply love it. Anybody know what would be best to reach in with a PJ bass? Different pickups maybe or settings?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well, absolutely no effects, I can tell you that much. The buzzy synthy tone on top of the bass is a synth track, not the bass.
  3. Well, yes, since it's clearly a Jazz in the video.

    "Different strokes..." and all that, but to me that is a completely unremarkable tone.

    Wind down most of your highs and a good chunk of your mids (but not all), boost 100hz and prepare to fall asleep.

    I'd use both pups on a PJ, maybe backing off the P a little bit depending on how strong a 'P sound' it has. There's maybe a little compression in use.
  4. USAOwnz


    Sep 7, 2008
    Yeah I can see how you can hate the tone.
    It has somehow grown on me though for certain tunes.
  5. They didn't say they hated it. To me, it's a "generic" sounding bass tone. But that's me...i like Aggro-Sludge bass tones, lots of fuzz and stuff, with that crackling stuff. Some would say my tone is unremarkable. I mean, you know, you like what you like...
  6. USAOwnz


    Sep 7, 2008
    Ah, I see. I can see what you mean.
    I tend to have unorthodox taste in the bass department though.
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Seems to me the Strokes bassist uses flatwounds. That bass sounded like it might have flats on it, too. I don't think that sound is hard to duplicate if you have flats. Turn both pickups on full, set your amp flat, and there you go.

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