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Just wondering, where does everyone get all there technical knowledge??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jason Wilson, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. You ask a basic question about sound on here and man, I get lost after a few e-mails. People start talking about measuring the resistance and inductance of their basses. Talking about their pickups being low output or low impedance. "measure DC resistance between 8k and 10k.
    If you're measuring a soapbar dual coil in parallel, the DC ohms measurement will be half." ??????

    What the hell? I'm a bass player and play the bass (and have been for years), I really don't know what all this stuff is or means?

    Where do you guys get all this knowledge? I feel like a novice all over again.......

    Is it useful to know (if so, please give me any tips on where I can study up on it) or is it just a way to TRY to win discussions? :confused:
  2. southpaw420


    Aug 25, 2007
    Experience and research.
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I don't know about anyone else but I find a lot of it by going to manufacturer websites.
  4. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    the first 5 mins or so of adult films.
  5. ^ LOL!!!
  6. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I had an electronics class the last two years of high school. Then I was trained and worked in electronics in the Coast Guard. After that I worked at a music store for a couple of years. Had fun attending a sound reinforcement seminar at the Peavey factory. Other than that, direct experience, asking questions, and internet forums...;)
  7. Here and their....
  8. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Some of us are just born with it
  9. Winemule

    Winemule Guest

    Feb 27, 2005
    Read the stickies at the tops of the forums. There's a lot to be learned there. In any event, you're not obliged to know all this stuff. I look at it this way: I'm never gonna own a Ferrari, but I like to hear Ferrari mechanics talk about what they do. After a while, you pick things up.
  10. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Right here on TB...read stickies, search threads, and post if you need to.

    Great place, TB!
  11. Swipter


    Sep 7, 2009
    You probably know more than you think. Try teaching someone that knows less and it becomes quite evident, sometimes.
  12. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    little bit of experience, little bit of research, little bit of word-of-mouth
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    This. I've spent the last 30 odd years playing as much as humanly possible, and soaking up every bit of information I could find.
  14. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Judging many posts on TB - MSU
  15. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
  16. More listening, less talking.
  17. Here's a few sources:-

    Personal experience
    Other people
    Bass magazines

    And it's like everything else - you sift the stuff you're interested in from what you're not. I personally couldn't give a f**k about resistances and impedances etc etc beyond being able to hook an amp and cab up correctly -but I am interested in how people set their Jazz basses to cut through a mix or how they set a Bongo to sound vintagy etc etc.

    It's a bit like learning to play an instrument - it takes time - and you ignore the stuff that's not interesting to you. I've been playing off and on for nearly 40 yrs and I can vouch for the fact that you learn or hear something new about bass most days. You can also learn from other musicians - I'll say it very quietly...............even guitarists :eyebrow: :D

    Some of the guys on here can and do build their own basses - not something which interests me in the least but kudos to them - it's all part of the overall subject.
  18. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    Google basic electricity. Almost everything to do with a bass or guitar is covered in basic electricity. Resistance, capacitance, potentiometers, inductors and conductors. I had all this stuff in high school in the 60's. It's now even easier with on line access. PM me if I can help.

    Here's one site with a start www.ia470.com/primer/electric.htm
  19. I don't know some of that stuff either, but I am learning. For what I do know, I've done it just by taking an interest in how my equipment actually works and then doing a lot of research.

    I can swap out my own pots and other electronics and know roughly what I'm going to get based on the values I choose. Learned to use a multi-meter as well.

    I taught myself how to solder. I upgraded the pots and caps in my Squier strat some time back, and now I'm getting ready to re-wire my Jazz bass for Master volume/Pickup blend/Master tone.

    For me it's just been lots of research, study, and the willingness to dig in and do it.
  20. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I twiddle with the knobs or sliders till I get a pleasing sound, then I just go about playin and never give a thought to why or what makes it sound that way. Its worked pretty well for me the last 40 years or so.