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Precision Bass Tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mborok, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. mborok


    May 8, 2009
    I have a 2002 Precision, with original strings. Have been recording with it and am really bothered by the sound - it seems kind of farty and flabby. Is this most likely the pickups? Strings? Setup? Any suggestions welcome.


  2. Original round wound strings???? Change them!!!!
  3. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Cheapest fix to try would be the strings.
    If they are original, from my experience most strings on basses sold are not that great of quality.
  4. mborok


    May 8, 2009
    I had previously played a Precision that I liked - I think it was a 1950. Strings were RotoSound Swing Bass round wound. But was it the pickup or the strings? Hmm.
  5. Also it would be good to describe your recording setup and what the bass was plugged into!
  6. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Done in one. :bag:
  7. mborok


    May 8, 2009
    I was recording direct into a symetrix preamp into pro tools. Also listened to sound via bass amp; heard the same basic tone issues both ways - the amped sound was fatter.
  8. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Change the strings, mic the amp. :)
  9. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    If you don't like to change strings often, put a set of TI Jazz Flats on it. They just get better with age.
  10. southshoreconor


    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings