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Please help to figure out how to achieve this tone

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by AndrewTaran, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Oct 31, 2006
    So much of that tone is coming from the player's attack and right-hand consistency...also, there's virtually NO (left hand) fret noise. I wonder where the tone knob on the bass is set. Guy's got great technique. Really, it's all in the hands.
  2. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Direct sound, I assume, not from the Ampeg behind him. However, this is the classic P bass sound of the '50s and '60s. Most likely flats, probably old flats. On a P bass, with the right strings, having the tone control dimed actually gives a very round, full, punchy sound just like this, both direct and through an amp. I ran my '59 P with heavy LaBella flats through an old Bassman 50 watt head driving two JBL D140s for years back in the '60s, and this was the live sound I got through that amp. Never used compression, never went direct. The most valuable piece of advice I ever received about EQ from a vet player was to turn the treble knob on my Bassman to 10 and run the bass knob on about 4.
  3. Thanx everyone! I just fell in love with this bass tone, so I tried flats for the first time in my life and I'm in love!
  4. zxcvbs


    Mar 8, 2009
    I tried to listen to it, and i cant hear anything, is the bass too back in the mix?
  5. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    that sounds a little too fast and "bendy" to be flats, so i'm thinking regular rounds, just with really nice compression, EQ, and touch.
  7. zxcvbs


    Mar 8, 2009
    Yes, i can hear it now, the machine where i work, is having some problem.
    It reminds me of Tony Levin, with Peter Gabriel.
  8. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    I'm also not hearing flats. And I also did not hear 50/60 's sound but thought of the 80's. But that could be psychoacoustics induced by new wavy hairstyles.
  9. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    Maybe I'm not alone in linking this sound to the 80's. Can't remember any flats in the 80's
  10. P-Bass with tone rolled off + Ampeg head / cab lows and low mids slightly boosted. Done.
  11. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    he's playing a p bass...

    so.. theres that. weather its rounds or flats doesn't matter, i doubt its fresh rounds with the tone knob all the way open though.

    a haircut like the lead singers will likely help.

    maple fingerboard?


    just get any good p-bass and you'll be in the ballpark i think.
  12. thebates


    Jan 2, 2011
    This is the elusive live growl sound I seek but can never get in a live situation. This has prompted me to seek out tasty quieter bands recently. I'm a stickler for sound quality and bass is one of the toughest challenges there is to get right on stage. I have been dealing with it by placing my cabinet up on a wooden stool to get that clear and instant feedback that I need. Of course this sounds different out on the dance floor as the bass sound develops. I find I'm becoming more appreciative of a semi unplugged performance where all is in balance and everyone can be heard.