modern rock tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steve_man, May 13, 2005.

  1. steve_man


    May 15, 2002
    On the lookout for a modern sounding bass.
    And looking for new ideas.

    What manufacturer, wood combination, pup config, etc. comes to your mind when you think modern rock tone?
  2. Theshortlist_to


    Apr 20, 2005
    Warwick Corvette

    Most warwicks have that modern growl, they use MEC J style pickups.
  3. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    Sansamp BDDI + practically any bass will do that for you for rock.

  4. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    When I think of a modern sound I think of mid range scoop. An EQ thing more of a bass thing.
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Am not sure what you would consider "new". But for "modern", I think Modulus Quantum...

  6. steve_man


    May 15, 2002
    I like John Myung's (Dream Theater) Tone and think it is very Modern. However a lot seems done in the mix. Not to mention he's very quiet.

    There are a few basses I've come across that has brought out a similar (but more lively) tone and they seem to have same characteristics.

    For example...
    - ash bodies
    - ebony fret boards
    - active electronics
    - bolt-on necks

    I have also wondered about graphite necks. Got any feedback on them?
  7. small, heavy be

    small, heavy be

    Apr 25, 2005
    i play the 4 string version of john myung's bass (yamaha rbx).
    it sounds great.
    i'm pretty sure the "modern" sound is all about humbuckers and active circuitry.
  8. I think of Modulus and Warwick when someone says modern rock.
  9. steve_man


    May 15, 2002
    I've picked up a bunch of the recent and older RBX's including the John Myung and didn't like 'em one bit.

    However, for some strange reason I like yamaha humbuckers.
    I liked them on the old TRB's.

    Any more feed back on graphite?
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I agree that Warwick and Modulus basses (particularly the Quantum) are extremely well suited for modern rock tone. I'd even nominate Sadowsky: crank treble and bass, and the tone becomes scooped.

    As for devices: my top vote goes to SansAmp! I'll also give a nod to GK.
  11. try a modulus quantum with barts on it...great sound...will last forever...quite pricey..but you get what you pay for and resale is high unlike alot of basses
  12. When I hear "modern rock tone" I too think of Warwick, or Ibanez, and Sansamp, scooped mids eq sort of thing.

    I also think, "inaudible" and "unimpressive."

    But that's just me.
  13. konfishily


    Jan 24, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    you'd want something punchy with lots of mids to stand out, that is, if ya want to be heard. I recommend Warwicks, Spectors, and higher end Ibanez
  14. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I immediatly think Modulus, Warwick and Spector in pretty much that order.
  15. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I also vote for Modulus and Spector as a starting point. An amp with a flexible EQ section will really help too.
  16. yes, and although I've never tried it I hear the same about the Sadowsky outboard.
  17. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    The first bass that came to mind was "Spector", but honestly? I think the component that has the biggest influence in a "modern rock tone" are active electronics, specifically EMGs.
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    EMGs would sound good for rock if they were stapled to a 2x4.
  19. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    Modern rock bass tone= hyper-clean signal+treble cut+piano-like rounds+mids boost+slight bass boost+humbucker pickup+pick