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how to make the bass growl ?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by lawrens, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. lawrens

    lawrens

    Nov 26, 2005
    france
    hi everybody ! !

    can someone give indications to how make the bass growl ?

    (like for example in "by the way", by flea in rhcp) :D

    thanx
     
  2. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Michigan
    I believe the effect used in that song is a large amount of overdrive.
     
  3. AGCurry

    AGCurry

    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    I've found that different people have different things in mind when they discuss "growl" in basses.

    What I have in mind is characteristic of the Fender Jazz bass, but you could also call it "burp". I believe it's most of all a function of the spacing of two pickups. Why do I say that? Because Jazz basses with the bridge pickup closer to the bridge ('75 reissue, Geddy Lee) seem to be growlier.

    But I could be wrong.
     
  4. lawrens

    lawrens

    Nov 26, 2005
    france
    yeah I agree, I think this a very abstract term...
    In french we have no word in my knowledge to say that;

    to be more precise, growl for me is the sound geddy lee gets in the "live in rio" dvd :D
    there's a huge attack, ghost notes are really percussive, and you seem to ear the strings against the fretboard :p

    I love this sound so much, and I personnaly try to get it with my gear : jazz bass and svt 3 pro...
    Asap I get some extra money, I'll begin to purchase some of the required apparatus :D :D :D