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Muddy Tone From Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by dpaulb, May 19, 2017.


  1. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    I have a 2012 Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass with Labella Stainless Steel Round Wound strings. Recoded direct it sounds muddy and not as open as I would like. Could adjusting pickup heights help?
     
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Banned

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    There's an easy way to find out, adjust them.
    It's not particularly difficult.

    It might not get where you like, but you might find you like them at a different height than they are now.

    What you'll probably end of doing is changing the potentiometers and/or capacitor.
     
  3. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Thanks.
    So the pot and capacitor are a weak spot on these?
     
  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Banned

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    I'm not sure what's in them, but if it's muddy, usually the cheapest upgrade is the pots.
    If adjusting the pickup height doesn't get you there, maybe you can check what value the pots in it are...
     
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  5. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Thanks.
    I could post a bit of a recording for people to listen to.
     
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  6. Adjusting your pickups should be one of the first things that you do with a bass. Along with setting the action, intonation, etc., pickup adjustment is part of basic setup.

    Changing pots and capacitors probably won't do any good at all. A muddy tone is a muddy tone, even if you shift the resonant frequency slightly.
     
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  7. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    How do you post audio files on here?
     
  8. You post the URL.
     
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  9. nbsipics

    nbsipics Used to be a Dead Guy Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I tend to prefer rounds on Jazz basses ( especially fretless ), but YMMV...

    Edit: Sorry man! Read your post wrong ( long week ). But I do I find that Roto swing jazz 66's really sound good to my ears ( and yes, it was a long-ago JP influence ). Of course, this from a man that still likes the sound of a good old Fender Rhodes too :)
     
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  10. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Thanks.
    I'm uploading to SoundCloud.
     
  11. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    As do I for I have not tried flat wounds on it.
     
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  12. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Here's a brief recording:
     
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  13. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I like the way it sounds. I don't hear mud. Who's sound do you like? Maybe it's a matter of preference.
     
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  14. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Thanks.
    There is no eq except a bit of bass cut and mid boost on the JB itself and slightly favoring the neck pickup.
    I haven't really ever thought of who's sound I like.
     
  15. bobba66

    bobba66

    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Sounds pretty good to me.:woot:
     
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  16. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    Thanks.
     
  17. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Yup, sounds like a Jazz.
     
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  18. You could try a snappier set of strings.
     
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  19. dpaulb

    dpaulb

    Sep 10, 2014
    Albuquerque NM
    I like the feel an punchiness of the Labellas. Could it be the ceramic pickups?
     
  20. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    It's an active bass so did you try adding a little treble on the preamp or perhaps even a little bass and treble so there's more punch and the mids are slightly scooped?
     
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