Jaco Fender Fretless tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Langueta, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    How is the best way to get it????
    With a GK 1001rb2+Hartke xl cabs, I have a fender mim jazz bass upgrades with dimarzio ultra j
    I need the mwaa sound
  2. Nurk


    Feb 8, 2008
    put an Epoxy-coating on the fretboard
  3. 1. epoxy the board ( I use the Bondo resin in thin coats and sand a bunch until its smooth)

    2: roundwounds

    3. immense amounts of talent and practice
  4. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    +1 to the roundwounds, also lots and lots of mids and hi mids.
  5. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Turn up the bridge pickup and slightly turn down the neck pickup.
  6. I get the Jaco tone best with soloed bridge pup, cranked tone, lots of mids, played right in front of the bridge, and on fretted basses :(

    NO mwah, but for overall sound thats as close as I can get. Probably because I suck :(
  7. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    Jaco played fretted basses too, so that makes sense.
  8. true, but its not his "signature" sound for the most part.
  9. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    All of the above, PLUS:

    Get any piece of EQ gear that allows you to boost 800 to 1000 Hz. This is where "mwah" lives. Best if you can adjust the frequency. The usual selling name for such devices is "sweepable midrange" or "semi-parametric midrange" or something like that.
  10. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    The tone on Jaco’s first solo album is full and warm. You can hear it clearly on the first track. The neck pickup must be in there too, even if the bridge pickup is favoured. Didn’t Jaco add lots of bass on his Acoustic amp too ?
  11. JPrinos


    May 16, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Try to get the action on your bass REALLY LOW. (sorry for shouting) and use roundwounds
  12. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Incidentally, you may need to cut the treble at the amp -- they mwah is bright, but there's no clacky hi-fi tic-tac in Jaco's tone, and that GK is built to be quite hi-fi.

    I've always found that there is a tradeoff between sub lows and 900 Hz mwah -- I can't really get both. The presence of either pretty much demands much less of the other, and the lows seem to be the dominant -- if you turn up the lows, you bury the mwah, but once the lows are there, you can't add enough mids to overcome it.

    Given that, I believe that the way the bottom end sounded full on Jaco recordings was that his whole sound was way forward in the mix, so that his low end balanced out the other instruments while his midrange mwah was way out front. I keep trying to convince my bandmates to let me mix like that, but they say they'll do it when I'm as good as Jaco. Rats...
  13. toivo


    May 15, 2009
  14. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Buy a used Squire Vintage Modified fretless bass. I can get his "tone" by soloing the bridge pickup on mine.