need help on picking w/ my amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pdq90, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. pdq90


    Jul 26, 2003
    Hey all

    I'm just in need of some advice on how to get my bass to sound like it should.....I've been playing for 2-3 years and although I can play with my fingers, I prefer to play with a pick....however, I can't get my bass to sound good when I use the pick, it sounds raw and choppy....I have a fender bassman 200 and the fender mark hoppus edition P-bass.....I'm looking for a sound like taking back sunday or the starting line if you know those two bands, both bassists use picks in those bands, but they sound smoother....I'm not sure if I'm missing something or if I just need to change the settings on my amp or what

    Thanks in advance
  2. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    they might be using a compressor? a compressor, IF USED PROPERLY, can make notes sound fatter, rather than plucky to a certain extent.

    make sure you play away from the bridge and closer to the neck pickup. also use a bass pick and not a guitar pick. a guitar pick will give you less strength in a pluck and thinner sound.
  3. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    Try cutting your mid's a bit. You might also consider different strings for different tones. I play a set of strings forever (until they no longer are accurate). I find DR High Beams work well once they break in, and ground-roundwound's also do well.1
  4. I use flatwounds and keep them on until they start to get rusty--in other words, for years and years.

    Also, pay attention to HOW you use the pick. It doesn't take much force. I also rest my palm against the bridge to provide a little palme muting sometimes.

    Lastly, play through 15" speakers IMHO.
  5. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    That's the truth!

    I use large rounded-triangles and catch a little bit of the side of my thumb with each stroke and hit with the middle of the rounded arc.
  6. sounding good while picking is just a matter of technique.

    the trick is to play softly really softly let the amp do the work.

    try different thikness of picks and try picking at different spots

    for a good pick tone I use .88mm picks and i pick just behind the p-bass p-up
  7. also you have a mark hoppus, that bass has 1/4 pounder pick-ups which are by nature harsh you might try another kind of pup