TalkBass Tone Glossary?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I've got an idea!

    (It's not original - others have suggested it before, but it never seemed to take off.)

    We throw around little buzzwords about tone but never really explain the terms. As an example, describe "growl" to a Martian. Or "punch". Or "fart" (as in Jack Bruce's Blind Faith era tone).

    Why don't we start a thread giving examples of various tone concepts, and in which questions about how to uniformly describe something can be asked?

    I'll start out - how would you describe John Paul Jones' tone on Led Zep II, particularly on the "Thank You" and "Ramble On" tracks?
  2. deep, full low end. thick, but not prominent low mids. alternating contrast of smooth sustain and quick staccato bouncing fingerstyle phrases.
    subdued high mids.
    highs? mmm, not much.

    similar to the classic flatwound Motown sound, but maybe less high mid punch due to J bass being used instead of P.

    to close, full-bodied, fruity flavour with a pleasant aftertaste:p
  3. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    You must mean Cream, Rick Grech played bass in Blind Faith, not Jack Bruce.
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Oops. Yes, of course - you're right. My bad.
  5. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    how would you describe feildy's click-clack?JUST KIDDING!

    lets see,how would you describe p-nut's (311) tone?
    he has the same tone in every song,so im not gonna say a certain song.
  6. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    i'd describe it as CRAP
  7. a fat, almost mayonase mixed with crisco and lard tone for the bottem, with punchy yet growly mids, with clear highs

    note: i'm talking about P-nut
  8. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Hey Freaky clean out your PM box and check your E-mails.
  9. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    How about a link to a sound clip or something?
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is the best idea, Phil. Things like punch and growl are so subjective. It would be nice to actually hear what someone's idea of the term's is.

    Allodox has volunteered to host a site with sound samples of different basses, I believe.