New bass guitar, need effects.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Shade13, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Shade13


    Jun 20, 2008
    I recently bought a new bass guitar. I am looking into Effects and things because I want it to sound the same as when Wolstenholme is playing Hysteria or Time is Running Out. So I was looking at the Big Muff Pi thing, and I was just wondering if this was a good choice, because right now, when I play notes, it makes this plucking noise that Flea makes.

  2. Dylan-palmer


    Nov 30, 2006
    i dont think using effects is going to fix that problem
  3. I think K.Ross has a bit of competition...
  4. Shade13


    Jun 20, 2008
    Well. When I don't hold down a note, and just play an open string, the sound is long. But when I do, no matter which note I hold, it is short.

    Don't know a better way to explain :D
  5. thefruitfarmer


    Feb 25, 2006
    Kent UK
    You probably need to work on technique for a while before getting too hung up on effects.....:bassist:
  6. That is 100% due to technique, absolutely no question about it. I suggest you have a look in the technique sub forum for some strength exercises.
  7. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    And make sure your bass is set up correctly too so that there's no fret-buzz killing your sustain.
  8. Shade13


    Jun 20, 2008
    What is? The long note? I am trying to hold a note for 4 beats, but it stops at 2.

    And what is fret buzz?
  9. thefruitfarmer


    Feb 25, 2006
    Kent UK
    I am guessing that the open strings sound for 4 beats but the fretted notes only sound for 2 beats....?

    You are probably not holding the string down firmly enough and not in quite the right place.

    Fret buzz is when then string is too close to the fretboard and catches the frets when vibrating.

    Go get a few bass lessons!!
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +47.214 on streghthening technique. Effects only flavor your tone, it's important to have a strong fundemental understanding of "how" to actually play a bass guitar. Lessons by an expirienced teacher are invaluable, spend your money there, and you'll be on your way.
  11. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    We love effects here, don't get me wrong. But the absolute last thing you need right now is any effects. You need some instruction on how to play the bass.
  12. another vote for finding a teacher to get your technique on the right track

    also, read all the newbie links stickied at the top of the technique and general instruction forums :)
  13. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
  14. Shade13


    Jun 20, 2008
    So i'm not plucking hard enough?
  15. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    its probably more of a left hand problem (unless you're a lefty then its a right hand problem). Ensure that you are placing your fretting finger in the right spot (just before the fret) and pressing hard enough (and READ the stickies in the tech/GI forums and stuff- they are really useful).
  16. teej

    teej Venmo @teej1986

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Since you're just starting out, I would work on your skills before you start fancifying things. Wait until you NEED effects.
  17. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    You're not reading our advice, reading the stickies, participating in the instruction forum, or taking any lessons. Plucking strength isn't even half the problem.
  18. that's a technique issue, but it seems like low action or bad neck set-up too

    effects it's the cream of the pie, you're just on the eggs and flour stage, friend.