More growl

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by CKYorDie, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. CKYorDie


    Jun 14, 2001
    How can i get more growl out a bass? what settings can i put on my amp?
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    What kind of bass do you have? (that what profiles are for ;) ) Certain basses are more well known for their "growl" than other. Jazz basses and Rickenbackers are known to growl, (in my ears), but as for amp setting, you might want to boost your mids. A scooped eq setting doesn't growl very much, but that's just me. Also, if you have a bass with two pickups, try to emphasize the bridge pickup. Or, you could use a pick, but I don't like picks, which is a personal preference, and has nothing to do with what you do. Mmm... ramblings...
  3. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    id also like to kno this
    i got a prince 20 watt amp and it has 3 knobs...trebble bass and level(volume)
    sorry for stealing ur thread!!
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  5. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    You could try a little EQ boost around 800-900 Hz. Remember though, EQ can't bring out what's not there already, so if your bass and/or your hands don't "growl" already, your amp won't make them do so either. ;)
  6. AAAAGH! What the hell is growl?! I cant stand the vagueness!
  7. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Eli gave a pretty good explanation in the "Growly strings" thread, Strings forum.
  8. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    ...indicating that it's not just one thing that does it. IME it's tough to get it out of a P-style pickup -- it's easier with a single-coil PU closer to the bridge, since that position accentuates the 700-1000 Hz band where "growl" lives. Also roundwounds will help -- also tough to get growl out of flats. And of course, boost 800-1000 Hz on your amp,if you can.

    This is where I like to plug the Tech 21 Acoustic DI, which allows you to overdrive a selectable midrange frequency. I suggest bringing your bass and amp to a music store that has one and try it out. Switch it to "active" mode, set mid for 800 hz, mid level at 3:00, and crank up the Blend. See what you think.
  9. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Get a TBird and an SVT. Play with a pick. You'll growl.:cool:
  10. If you use that eq with a J-style bass and a tube driven preamp like Ampeg, Mesa Boogie or SWR with just a mild overdrive boosting your input signal I've found that should get a good growl.
  11. If by growl you mean "edgy", or not a smooth warm sound, then that's pretty easy. Boost your mids and bass, if you have a tone knob turn that up, don't play too close to the neck, and if you want, a pick will give you that sound. If that's not what you mean by growl, then.... oh well.:)
  12. It will also help if you play close to the bridge. My Jazz and my Carvin both have the single coil pup in the bridge position. If you really dig in near the bridge it will growl like a beast!

  13. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    If your bass has 2 pickups, try with play in the one closest to the bridge, if you have a single knob for adjusting the pickups, try putting it about ½ more to the bridge pickup that to the other.