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Souund control?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LiL BaSS DuDe, Oct 3, 2001.


  1. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    Scotland,
    Don't you just love that crisp sound basses make?? *drool*.

    Well.. I do. And I also love the sound of Mike Dirnt's bass! OMG it's soooo sweet :D

    I know trying basses is the only way.. But I want to be speacific.
    Does anyone know of a mid-priced bass(es) that have a REALLY crisp tone, but also I really "ding" but low. (Not both at the same time, but with different settings).

    And will the AMP have anything to do with it?
     
  2. Everything has something to do with it.
    Look for a hi-fi amp such as Eden, SWR, Aguliar, et.al., hi-fi cab w/horn, quality instrument cable that doesn't attenuate high freq., SS strings and a bass with an active preamp to get a really *crisp* ringing tone. From there you can make adjustments to take it down to the Ampeg/P-Bass tone of Mike Dirnt with some bass preamp, eq. and a Fulltone Bass Drive or other such device to add overdrive & natural harmonics.

    You need a broad freq. range that really reaches and projects highs which can be smoothed out accordingly.

    YMMV: Discovering your own tone is a journey, you must find your personal tonal 'sweet-spot' through research, experience, and experimentation. This is just OMO (one man's opinion).
     
  3. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    Scotland,
    Heh, thanks for that :)

    But one thing, could you please explain what the hell a cab is? :) and.. some.. er.. ALL the toher stuff :p:p I've never really bothered to ask - I have been slacking off a lot :p
     
  4. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    By "cab," he means speaker cabinet, or speaker enclosure.

    I think you should first find a bass that sounds right to you. If the bass doesn't have the sound in it, then no amp/speaker combination will bring it out. First, the woods have to sound good by themselves. Put your ear on the bass as you pluck a few strings before you plug it into an amp. Then, it has to have the right pickups to bring that sound out, so plug it in and see what it sounds like amplified. Since you don't have an amp that you know what it sounds like, it will be hard to tell whether the sound that you like or dislike is caused by the amp or the pickups or some combination. Just try a lot of different things before you make a purchase. If you find a bass that you think you like, try it with a bunch of different amps. Or the other way around, if you think you like a particular amp, try it with lots of basses.