Making my jazz bass punchier

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tranceFusion, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. My 75 reiusse fender jazz w/ steel roundwounds sounds too bright and trebley.. i love the feel though.. can i get it a bit warmer, punchier, more percussive?

    new strings? new pickups? buy a precision? :)
  2. new strings.....
  3. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    EQ on your amp. Lower the treble, crank the bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. It could be a technique thing but strings may help. Another thing may help if you want to get into some modding is an active 3 band preamp. That way you can have complete control over your mids to bring out some punch, plus some added headroom too. Just a thought. As far as pickups are concerned, I know SD Bass Lines are pretty punchy, especially the hot ones.
  5. DR LoRiders. :D
  6. it isn't an eq thing.. i don't know how to describe it.. it is like.. the sound is flat.. there is is no difference in the sound of the note of from the time the note starts to when it ends..

    i want a jazz or funk type sound.. like punchy.. i want to it pop but have balls at the same time :)

    It seems like I can get EMG or Basslines replacement pickups which are active.. i wonder if i should give one of thos ea shot?
  7. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    2nd these. You have a choice of nickels or steel. The nickels are warmer.
  8. I like EMG soap bars like the EMG 40 J's, but I've never had experience with the single coil jazz pups. I know the Bass Lines have some heat to them. I tried a Fender Jazz 24 with them and I almost walked out with a new bass. Good thing my wife was with me or I would have been in some debt.:D
  9. I have been trying to think of someone with the sound I am trying to describe and I think Vic Wooten is a good example.

    At first I thought that it was the P-bass sound that I was looking for, but he plays both jazz and p-basses and he still gets a nice meaty but bouncy low end sound. Granted, I am sure he has infinitely better equipment than me..
  10. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Try dropping in a East or Audere... super.
  11. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Warm, punchy, and percussive = flats for me.
  12. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    Dead, dull, thud = flats for me

    I had a set on a American Jazz Bass and it sounded very lifeless.

    IMO and IME

    i use to use Steels and they were quite punchy in a band context
  13. is this better than putting jazz bass replacement active pickups in (emg/basslines)?
  14. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    That's a fine question... I replaced my original j pups with Dimarzios yonks ago, with the East as well the eq is just amazing!
  15. I believe in order to get the EXACT tone you're looking for you would probably need to switch out both. A set of EMG/Bass Lines and an active preamp would totally change the tone of your bass, IMO and IME. If you do it one at a time then go for the pickups first and then the preamp later.
  16. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    I use DR Lo Rider on my 60 RI Fender Jazz. Feels good and sound good but i think i will use 40-100 gauge next time.

    And for pickup choice i replace the stock pickup with a set of Dimarzio DP123 jazz set and it bring the low end very good while the bass keep its high end.

    Not to mention i use a MXR-M80 with color switch always on which give me that nice warm punch sound without too much hassel
  17. do you guys feel like i am chasing something i am never going to find? like i should really be starting with a different instrument?

    also, i thought the active pickups contained a pre-amp within them.. wouldn't adding a retrofit preamp as well as the active replacement pickups give me 2 pre-amps? is this bad?
  18. There are passive EMG's and passive BL's as well. I'm not sure if the active pickups and active preamp would conflict or not.
  19. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I would keep the pups and drop in a preamp... see how that goes.
    I'd had the Dimarzios in there since 1980 and they were pretty unimpressive. Since I dropped in the East, it's just exploded!
  20. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Nickel Strings will be less clanky... that will probably deal with the "too bright" issue. I prefer D'addario XLs but that is simply a matter of my taste. Lots of Nickel strings to choose from.

    Favor the bridge pickup. That's where the attack (punch) lives on a Jazz. The bridge pick up has less low end than the neck pickup so an eq modification may be needed on your amplification depending on the style of music you are playing. Passive pickups have maximum punch as active preamps add some degree of compression. My opinion is that bit of compression is worth the added clarity and eq.