I hate it when I go to try basses and I cant figure out what each knob does.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by stingray5bbx, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. stingray5bbx


    Feb 11, 2005
    ... I cant figure out what the hell each knob does.

    :rollno: so much time wasted.
  2. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    But that is better than trying a bass somewhere, and the salesman decides he should impress you with his wankerism. He picks up the bass, plugs it in, and then goes on a 3 minute solid wank/slap/crap/tapfest. I actually walked out of a GC once before I even got to pick up the bass!
  3. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    That's why I like playing lefty...virtually no GAS, and no hassle!
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Ain't that the truth! I hate that crap, and it is the main reason that I tend to avoid Guitar Center.
  5. i actually went to go sell a bass at GC a while ago.. and the dude jsut sat there and played it for like half an hour.. lol but nothing fancy.. jsut random bass lines.. beatles, tool, RATM.. stuff anybody would play while checking out a bass :p
  6. i used to be the same.
    Theres usually only a volume, pickup balance, bass, mids and treble.
    But i never understood the role of a "tone" knob. what the hell does it actually do?
  7. They're not ALL bad, but I've seen that a number of times at my local Sam Ash. Actually, the Guitar Center in Tampa that I go to is usually staffed with some good, helpful people - the old Mars Music people, who were always friendlier and more helpful then the Sam Ash guys. Still, you'll find those wanker salesmen - can't stand 'em.

    Edit: I just realized we're derailing the thread. Yes, I do hate it when I can't figure it out. Being a passive Fender guy for a while, I couldn't ever figure out what having four or five knobs could do. Eventually, I figured out what the EQ knobs on MusicMan basses were.
  8. from what i understand, it does treble mids and bass all in one.. pretty much a one band EQ
  9. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    Perhaps you should have sold it to him....

    also, your username disturbs me greatly
  10. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    It changes the tone......duh...

    :smug: :p :D ;) :cool:
  11. heh, i went to sell that bass and a BOSS ceb-3 so i could get a digitech whammy.. he wasnt giving me enough so i didnt sell it..

    it was a Cort - Pbass

    haha, im actually thinking of calling my next band Beyondhairy.. so if u see us around :)
  12. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    Seeing your band doesn't sound too appealing....I'll just listen.... :ninja:
  13. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    BZZZZT...it rolls off treble.

    The "treble mids and bass all in one EQ" knob is usually labelled VOLUME :D

    It's easy to tell what each knob does:

    1. Play a note

    2. Turn knob

    3. Listen

  14. haha, im actually the only hairy dude in the band lol

    im using "hairy" as a metaphore for how dirty the music is suppsoed to sound :p

    but "hairy" is literal to me personally hehe
  15. Isn't there someone on here with a Conklin custom shop with like 8 knobs? Now lets see...

    1. Volume
    2. Bass
    3. Mid
    4. Treble
    5. Blend
    6. ?
    7. ?
    8. ?
  16. Those ? are sometimes related to the piezos, i.e. piezo/magnetic blend or midi volume, etc. Most conklins I've seen have 7 knobs.