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Smooooooth bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DubBeats CB, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. What basses tone can be defined as smooth? I don't just mean no treble, but the treble pressence doesn't sound clicky. Its basically like when you slide you don't hear the frets, but its not a fretted bass.

    CAn anyone think of a bass that fits this?

    I'm thinking a passive bass with the tone knob rolled off. however, they tend to loosed definition from note to note with the tone rolled off.

    I'm just trying to describe a buttery tone, and i can't find the bass that produces it.

    What do you think?
  2. P-bass with flats

  3. Done it before, not what i was lookng for......

    it get too thumpy and note definition is mediocre
  4. I think it has a lot to do with how you play the bass. I can get a super smooth tone and a crazy aggressive one without even touching the settings on my Ibanez. For smooth, I lighten up my right hand attack and not press down quite as hard on the left hand.
  5. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    New York
    i would say a jazz with heavier gauge rounds or slow wounds witht he treble rolled off. and maybe smaller frets as opposed to jumbo. the bass player from cake has the tone i imagine when i hear smooth and i believe this is his usual setup.
  6. dwbentley


    May 5, 2001
    Amarillo, Tx
    Ever play a Ken Smith? Cut most of the treble, cut some mids, slight bass boost = smooth.
  7. steve4765630


    Feb 27, 2006
    Pedulla Pentabuzz is the smoothest sounding bass I've ever heard.
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