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Picking

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by pdq90, Jul 26, 2003.


  1. pdq90

    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. pdq90

    pdq90

    Jul 26, 2003
    sorry, didn't see the merlin post, ill go to the amp forum
     
  3. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Have you tried muting the strings with your hand while picking? Another trick is to add a piece of foam under the strings next to the bridge. Also where you pick can make a great difference in your tone. I also prefer real hard picks.
     
  4. pdq90

    pdq90

    Jul 26, 2003
    No i havent, muting like palm-muting? or with my left hand?....also ill try the foam idea, thanks
     
  5. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Yes, palm muting with your right (picking hand heel). Experiment with different thicknesses. Its great for that old school Pbass thump.
     
  6. pdq90

    pdq90

    Jul 26, 2003
    alright will do, thanks bud
     
  7. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Your welcome. Good luck in your search for THE tone.