The Insane Quest for Tone!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by baddarryl, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    I mean really, one guy picks up a bass and loves the tone, another picks it up and hates it. If I read these forums long enough I will start to question my own tones. I mean, the amount of $$$ and effort many spend for that magic tone when 95% of the audience could care less or not notice. I get it to some degree, but most are splitting hairs. Talk about dogs chasing their tails! How far have you gone or others you know?
  2. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    In 25+ years of playing live, the majority of bassists I know (outside of top-tier touring or studio musicians) only own one or two basses and “an amp.”

    I think there’s some kind of virus that’s downloaded into you the first time you log on to TalkBass! :D
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  3. I wonder how many people are just searching for a tone that sounds nice while they're sitting around noodling solo at home..

    I've done that a million times...and in 99% of the results that tone never worked as soon as I fired into a mix.

    Usually the tone that works best in the mix is one that I don't particularly like solo.
    Wisebass, Sub300Hertz, Beej and 2 others like this.
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    P Bass with flats.
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  5. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    The quest fir tone is never ending.
    Drummers go thru this trying to find
    the right cymbals.
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  6. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Unless you're playing small bars and clubs, your bass tone has a lot more to do with the person running the front of house than it does your amp or bass.

    And when you're playing small bars and clubs, it usually has a lot more to do with the room you're in, than your bass or amp.

    Being meticulous about one's tone is IMO a sure recipe for unhappiness.

    The only exceptions to the above, IMO, are if you don't know how to get a decent sound out of your bass in the first place. And/or if you have a very good relationship with your sound person. But even that's iffy.
  8. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    If I could just sound like Prakash John on "Rock'n'Roll Animal"... I know I'll never be able to play like him! :)
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