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P-bass growl?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SpaceRat, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. SpaceRat


    Mar 11, 2002
    London, UK
    I'm looking for a sound similar to "Not now John" by Pink Floyd which sounds very much like a p-bass but it has more grind/growl the p's normally have. Any ideas on how to get this sound out of a p?
  2. Maybe it was a fretless, with a preamp dumped in.

    I'm not at all an expert with preamps, so I couldn't suggets one for you.. Check your amp settings too.

  3. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN

    What a great song from the last great Pink Floyd album. I've only ever seen Waters with a P-bass in his hands so it is do-able. Good luck.
  4. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    I get more growl from my P-bass clone (G&L SB-1) when I use fresh round wounds, roll off the tone control most of the way, and dig in over the pickup.

    It helps to have tone settings that don't scoop the mids too much. For me, the signature Pbass growl has some really nice "velvety" mids.

    Try playing along with music as well. Sometimes the tone of the bass alone isn't what you think you want to hear, but when used in an ensemble, the tone smooths out.
  5. SpaceRat


    Mar 11, 2002
    London, UK
    Might play with eq settings, which frequencies should I try? I'm using 40-100 elite strings right now, would heavier gauge/different strings help?

    Thanks for the replies