"Standard" tone - how many are there?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jg42, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. jg42


    Jul 12, 2012
    Ok, to be exact, what I'm trying to find out is: how many basic "tone groups" are there and if anyone has ever tried to categorize them, for example:

    1. P-bass
    2. active j-bass (Marcus Miller)
    3. Passive defretted j-bass with bridge pickup mostly (Jaco)
    4. Hofner violin bass (McCartney)
  2. bottomend!

    bottomend! Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2007
    I would say-

    1) P-bass fingers
    2) P-bass picked
    3) Jazz fingers
    4) Jazz slapped
    5) Rick CRANKED
    6) Stingray fingers
    7)Dano/Hofner muted
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Lumping Danos and Hofners together? Don't think so! Two separate schools of tone.
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  4. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    there are more than only one 'standard' tone (for each of the categories above,..even only for) P-Bass (finger).
  5. NeonVomit


    Jan 29, 2013
    Brands tend to have their own sound. Take each of the following and run them through as clean a DI as possible straight into a mixing board:

    1. P-bass sound
    2. J-bass sound
    3. Stingray sound
    4. Ric sound
    5. Warwick growl
    6. Spector growl (different to the Warwick sound, mostly due to the woods used)
    7. Hofner sound

    These are the basic 'colours', all other sounds are a mix and match of the above.

    Now, add pick/fingers/slap/fretless variations to each one and you've got everything covered. Rolling off the tone, adjusting the EQ, playing techniques, using the same strings for 25 years like Geezer or Dunn, all make a difference.

    Just my 0.02p.
  6. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Come on! This is TB. Everybody here knows there are only TWO bass sounds: P-bass sound. J-bass sound. Nothing else is really a bass, just posers!

    Well, OK. Maybe there is a P-bass sound with flats and tort guard and p-bass without a tort guard, but THAT'S IT! :)
  7. As Jazz Ad once said, there are 3 main bass tones:

    Cling cling, grr grr, and boom boom.

    That's all the classifying I need.
  8. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    What about boinky toink ?
  9. Almost as bad as toinky doink.
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