That fender "growl"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Precision101, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    I've been playing for about a year now and I have a slight growl to my basses. like my playing a little clean and a little rough around the edges sometimes. I always thought it gave the bass character. Like buzz and noise and what not. Who else likes a little spit, growl and roughness in their playing? I do sometimes but I'm curious if I'm the only one.

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    You are not the only one -

    There's nothing like the growl of a great Jazz Bass -

    My Sadowsky Will Lee Metro has growl in spades!

    so do my Fender Jazzes - They're great.

    And when I need thump or boom, I can easily get it too.

  3. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    I get a little noise out of my frets on my precision. It's kind of special in a way because p basses don't give that sound as much as jazz basses do. And when I need the thump I just turn the tone down. I like a lot of bass in my playing as well. But I have a MIM and it feels so nice when the strings rattle underneath my fingers. It just makes the bass.
  4. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    My jazz bass was pretty growly but when I put in some Dimarzio model J's the thing turned into a beast. Pluck down at the bridge and it growls like a tiger.
  5. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    my bass more sizzles than growls and i love it!
  6. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    On the high frets mine does too. I like to make them sizzle:D
  7. ah yes. I have a few Precisions and one is setup with crazy low action so I get that bit of sizzle and it is really magic on a P Bass, in the right situation. Of cours I have one with flats, and another with old rounds, and one with pretty heavy gauge rounds, and the 5er with whatever I feel like at the moment. It goe on and on and on...and that's just the P's!!

    I think I have a problem.

    I think for most rock music, a Precision with rounds is hard to beat. Check out The Flower Kings and you'll hear some tasty P Bass Growl and grit.
  8. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    That's what I'm talking about!
  9. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    I also like a little clank in there too
  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    This is one of my favorite Precision tones:

    go to 7:30
  11. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013

    I love waters tone. It's perfect and it stands out in the music.
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Oh yeah and then what he does at 9:45-10:00. Awesome stuff.
  13. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    I'm with ya all the way. But, honestly it took getting a P/J to find the growl and clank I was really looking for. The best of both worlds.
  14. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    IMO, Fender makes the most tame and least growly basses, next to Tobias. You can coax some growl out of a P-bass but it requires a lot of compression and doctoring.
  15. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    This is true. My set up took days. But the growl just is natural out of the bass and strings. I use rotosounds swings so it's that too.
  16. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Nah, Just add some treble & Dig in. In a way it's better to have to "work" a bit for it. It comes almost too easily on my Ric. The real trick is getting it out into the ears of the audience and not just on stage.
    ^This. Roto's give serious growl but they can be tough on Frets. So can all Stainless round wounds though.
  17. frisbieinstein


    Dec 29, 2007

    Sure. I think of it as the Horny Teenager Sound.
  18. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    I've got a Jazz V & a P-bass V, both growl well
  19. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    Growl grind snarl and roar.



  20. Embrace your Sound. Love it. Sound comes from you. Not your bass or amp or effects (unless you're one of those extreme guys). Your Sound comes from you.