The bass version of "I was in the pool!!!"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinsok, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I took my recently modded Squier Telecaster to a benefit gig. I was excited to have the chance to show it off. I took my rig but was offered the use of a Markbass 102P. I had to leave immediately after our set and using his amp would help me get out the door faster.

    Since it wasn't my amp I didn't make any changes to his settings. His tastes and mine are very different. My tone was bland and muddy. The band's guitarist walked up and said "That one doesn't sound nearly as good as your other one, sounds kinda thonky. Looks cool though." The Markbass owner was with us and I really didn't want to sound like I was disrespecting his amp.

    I used the Squier at a gig yesterday (different band/my rig) and it killed. Tons of bottom (with lows being boosted.) I was really happy with it's full bodied tone. I wonder if the first impression will affect my guitarist's opinion and he will forever think it's "thonky?"
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nah. Once you play it with your rig, he will forever think Markbass rigs are "thonky".
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    My rule is the same as Polonius', "Neither a borrower nor a lender be."
  4. bluesfordan


    Sep 3, 2009
    wait, what? Squier has a telecaster bass? Since when? What did you do with it?
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  5. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Squier made a couple of different versions of the Telecaster. This particular bass had a 3 way switch that had a "Tic-Toc" setting, a simulated upright setting and a normal setting. I ditched the switch in favor of a regular P-bass harness. The pickup was swapped to an SD SCPB-3.
  6. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    The only person I listen to about my tone is the drummer. If he says he can hear it really well- better groove, happier drummer, better music.
    RandM, Tbone76, MEKer and 2 others like this.
  7. So..."tone shrinkage"?
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  8. A good bit of that may have been the Markbass amp. Those amps are my nemesis - I've never been able to pull a good tone out of them.
    The Bass Clef and UNICORN BASS like this.
  9. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    'Thonky' is a wonderful word, isn't it?


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I agree with Treadstone71 but Micheal League seems to do alright.
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  11. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
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  12. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Yeah Squier all day!!
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  13. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Thonky Squier for the win!
  14. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    The dolt keeps the thonk.
  15. bluesfordan


    Sep 3, 2009
    play that thonky music, white boy
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  16. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Think, thank, thonk?
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  17. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    It was 100 percent the Markbass. I should have stuck with my own gear.
  18. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    "Significant shrinkage!!"
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  19. Ant Illington

    Ant Illington I'm Anthony but I'm only illin' Inactive

    What is the I was in the pool version of I was in the pool? Never heard the reference.
  20. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef is modulating in time. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    Same here. I played a festival over the weekend and they had a Markbass LMIII as backline with an Ampeg Classic 4x10 cab (which I’ve always got along fine with those cabs), and my tone was not good. Couldn’t hear my D or G strings the whole (1:45) damn set. Kept turning up the mids and turning down the bass as the set went on and still couldn’t seem to cut thru.

    And Joe Dart! I don’t know how they get good tone with them, but they do. I played a passive Jazz like Dart too, and just could not make it work for me. I’ll stick with my Aguilar TH500 and Ampeg V4B.
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