It's all in the hands man...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sricabla, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. sricabla


    Jul 4, 2003
    San Francisco
    Of course everyone's bass rig of choice is important to one's individual bass tone but what a lot of people forget is "it's in the hands(or pick) that really translates what you want to say.
    It's that tone that your rig translates from your fingers(or pick) that has to reach the audience.
    Too many people get caught up in the equipment side of things. People are constantly searching for their "tone" when they already have it!It's just you don't know you already have it. Remember you can have a Stanley or a Billy play thru anything and you know what they will sound good on just about any rig! You know what I mean... Just listen carefully... YOU have the tone!
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    AAAAAAAAAMEN!!! I really ned to tattoo this on my hand. Or put a sign on my rig that says that.
  3. thumbtrap


    Jun 26, 2003
    Moved to Technique forum
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    wow, i didnt know you were a moderator. It doesn;t say you are. Guerilla warfare, huh?:D
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    My hands sound best through Eden.
  6. My hands sounds best through my SWR rig (no flame intended!), because it lets the sound of my hands playing my bass through, instead of colouring it. Thats what I need.
  7. Don't mean to flame you, but your statement's not completely true. If you put Stanley through an old b15, he wouldn't sound great - he'd lose all the snappy attack, and sound pretty mediocre.

    As a long time bass player and teacher, I agree that most people spend way too much time on equipment - pickups, preamps, pedals, etc when they really need to tighten up their technique (and maybe take some lessons to broaden their scope).

    However, most accomplished players will be very picky about the rigs they play through.
  8. ill second to that.
  9. thumbtrap


    Jun 26, 2003
    I didn't see a dry sarcastic wit smilie. Perhaps because it would be contrary to the notion of dry sarcastic wit. :|
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Amen, brother, amen!
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    As for specifics: call me BergieBoy. :p
  13. It can be a blessing and a curse. When I am bored and want to try a new sound it is very difficult because most of my sound does come from my hands.
  14. That's like saying that playing a trumpet or sax is all in the lip.
    This is true to the extent that a good rig can't make a bad player sound good. However, a good rig can make a good player sound even better. A good rig will let the hands do what they want to do without a struggling.