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Piano-like tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by christw, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    This to me is like the search for the holy grail or a ten minute long orga-you know what I mean. A lotta people will say they can get it for you for the right price but none deliver.

    I want a bass that can speak like the lows of a piano. Do you think it's possible? Are there any options out there for someone like me? I can get most other tones I want, but I want one that will get me that sound without actually being a piano and it's foot pedals. :meh:

  2. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006
    yhea....get bass pedals like Geddy Lee uses.
  3. I played an Alembic Epic once that I would say had the piano tone going on. The most amazing clarity I'd ever heard on a bass up to that point. Run through an SWR rig at a music store.
  4. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    rotosound strings. that was easy!
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Alembic's are often described as "piano like" in thier tone.
  6. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Dingwalls are set up more like a piano then other basses, where the lower strings are actually longer then the higher strings because of the fanned frets. The clarity I've heard from them is unmatched on any traditional bass.
  7. bassforce

    bassforce Guest

    Feb 7, 2007
    Precision with DR Hi-Beams for me
  8. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    Buy a piano.
  9. +1

    Or, as said above, a Dingwall should do the trick better than most.

    It has about as much to do with the distance over which the string can vibrate as much as it does the properties of the actual string. You'll hear piano strings decades old that still have some zing on the low end.
  10. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    Quake Basses, check them out.
  11. Extra bright steel roundwounds and Burns Tri Sonic pickups!!
  12. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    P-Bass with a fresh set of Rotosound RS66 Swing Bass steel rounds.
  13. vision

    vision It's all about the groove! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, La Bella Strings, and 64 Audio IEMs
    Fodera Anthony Jackson Presentation Contrabass.

    Or, an MTD Marilyn chambered 535/635.
  14. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    This thing has the most piano like tone i ever heard from a bass...

  15. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    Ask yourself, how does a piano hit the string? That is a big part of the answer. No plucking, no picking, no slapping.

    Entwistle knew it just watch him.

  16. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I thought that was a piano. :D
  17. edubb


    Dec 6, 2006
    here on Long Island. he is a buddhist monk (I am not kidding) that builds "Clifford Roi" basses by hand, one at a time. Mike Frost, Estaban's bass player uses them exclusively. They sound amazing, piano tone and every other tone you can think of.
  18. Tommy el Gato

    Tommy el Gato

    Jul 6, 2007
    Do you have any clips of the sound you're going for? Generally when I think of piano-esque bass tone, I think of some of Stu Hamm's tapping stuff. On the other hand, you might be thinking of something else.

    The DR Jonas Hellborg strings are supposed to have a piano-like quality to them, but that may be debatable. Good luck with your search man!
  19. Ah, good ol' Jean and his ERB monsters...
  20. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Strike the strings with tiny felt covered hammers...

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