John Paul Jones’ tone in D’Yer Mak’er

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    Apr 12, 2013
    Not sure if this is the right forum, but here it goes. Maybe I’m just uninformed, but one thing that intrigued me for years is how to get the kind of bass tone one is to find in D’Yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin. It has that subtle bite in the beginning of the notes, but the fundamental tone is actually weak, not very present.

    Any ideas?
  2. Sounds like a jazz bass played with a pick, palm muting, most likely through a tube amp. I don’t think you need effects for that, just try playing the part with palm muting using a puck or your thumb.
  3. jimfist

    jimfist "Cling tenaciously to my buttocks!"

    Mar 28, 2011
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Yes, this probably isn't exactly a question that fits into the "effects" forum, but so what? I play this song in a cover band, and my guess is that JPJ was using flat wound strings, playing with a pick, and palm muting to give the sound that "thunk". I'd imagine it was a Fender Precision (or maybe a Tele) bass with the tone all the way up. The amp/preamp tone settings would have a generous amount of upper midrange.

    Funny, but there aren't a lot of videos showing how to palm mute bass while playing with a pick, but it's the same technique that you'd use if palm muting playing with fingers. The pick will yield much more attack than fingers.

    I did find this video, which gets you into the ballpark for this sound technique.

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