John Deacon’s Bass Tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by drjekyll24, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. drjekyll24


    Aug 19, 2011
    Hey all,

    I know John Deacon’s tone has been discussed a lot on here, but there is one aspect of it that I haven’t found much of.

    That is when he is playing in the higher register of the bass, those notes don’t thin out and lose their bottom end. Does anyone know how he did that, or ways to not lose the bottom end of the upper register?

    If I need to clarify anything, just let me know.

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  2. Shlabotnik

    Shlabotnik Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    I believe that he played the higher notes on the lower strings higher up the neck rather than playing the higher strings lower on the neck. I’ve found that to work nicely to get that rich full tone on higher notes as well.
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  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    That, plus he played a Precision with flats most of the time, which helps with up-high fatness.
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