Jazz Bass players- what is your preferred set up for your pickup and tone knobs?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Sean775, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    I've been trying out different settings lately; I originally had them all dimed and I found the sound to be kind of boring after awhile. I'm just curious to see what you guys use.
  2. _sky_


    Jan 8, 2012
    Portugal, Lisbon
    I would say...all of it! Jazz bass useres have at theirs hands a variety of tones!
    If you want a punchier tone you should favor the neck knob and at least get 1/4 down the bridge knob. If you want a "thighter" tone you should roll of the neck knob and the tone knob. Just some examples.

    You will get many different answers. Every bass players has a unique ear. Just experiment and play around with the knobs. There is no right configuration.

    Personaly for me, most of the time:
    Slap: All 3 up
    Punchier sound: Neck full, bridge beetween half and zero and tone 3/4 or 1/4
    "Jazzier" sound: neck off or 1/4, bridge full

    And my I also add...right hand position is also very important! You should also pay attention to your right hand. With all the knobs up, you can get different tones because of your right hand position
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  3. Apologies for the thread hijack!

    I've seen this term used a lot on TB and I've always wondered - what exactly does 'dimed' mean? I'm guessing it means 'turned up/on fully'? Is that right? If not, can anyone clarify what the term 'dimed' means please? Ta! :)

    As you were...
  4. TRob1293


    Feb 1, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    All set to 11 ;)
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  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    Volumes all the way up. Tone Knob changes. From song to song.
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  6. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    Haha, I believe that's that what it means. I often see it on here, too.
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  7. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    Do you ever have the tone knob on full if you don't have both pickups on full? I think that's the one know I always keep fully on
  8. I dime the controls on my jazzes and shape the sound at my amp.

    I will roll the treble off a bit if slapping or using a pick.

    If I’m doing some sort of a solo, I’ll roll the neck pickup off a touch as well
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    A dime is worth ten cents so "diming" the amp is turning it to ten. Much like a "dime bag" costs ten bucks, not ten cents.

    I always favour the bridge pickup, roll the neck back just enough to get my mids back, and I leave my tone about 75%. If I am playing rock, I will kick it into series and dime both the volume and the tone.
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  10. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    Oh, so that's true that having both pups dimed cuts the mids?
  11. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I play an active Jazz (Steve Bailey Model). Pan all the way to the bridge EQ flat. Parametric EQ pedal to deal with noise.

    Rev J
  12. brianmharrison


    Oct 11, 2007
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Good one. I always ask younger co-workers...what's a "lid"?
    Nuthin. Crickets.
  14. All knobs up, move hand around for different tones.
  15. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I want to get together a flash mob of hippies at a "Lidz" shop asking how much for a lid. Either that or a flash mob of people with topless empty jars.

    Rev J
  16. Thanks Diabolus, much appreciated. It's always a good day when you learn something new. :)
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  17. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    Finger pickin: neck and bridge 100%, tone between 60% and 100%, depending on the song
    Slap: neck and bridge 100%, tone between 80% and 100%
    Solo: bridge 100%, cut on neck, tone between 80% (gospel tone) and 100%, depending on mix
    Regge: neck 100%, cut on bridge, tone under 60%
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  18. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    This is very cool. I sometimes think every beginner should start with a Jazz bass and learn how to get their tones as described above. Once you understand how this works then you can move to fancier basses, active preamps and such.
  19. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    Thanks! Combined with right hand variations (position and fingertip attack), you can get all the sounds you need.
    There are some more experienced guys here who have found even more options: i.e. neck&bridge on 100% don't sound the same as n&b on 80%, and tone pot reacts in a different way...
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  20. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I like mine almost straight up. Roll off a little treble and boost the bass just a touch. This is when I'm in active mode. In passive mode I just leave it alone. I tweak at the amp as needed but with the Jazz I don't need much.

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