how to make the bass growl ?

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

  1. lawrens


    Nov 26, 2005
    hi everybody ! !

    can someone give indications to how make the bass growl ?

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

  2. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

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

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    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


    Nov 26, 2005
    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