This sound.. amazes me!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Progressive, Jan 21, 2006.


    Watch that video, and pay attention to the look and sound of the bass. Could someone please tell me.. do flatwound or roundwound strings make that sound? And what do you think the strings are made of? I have to replicate that sound.

    I believe the bass looks pretty awesome, too. :)
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    it's a Yamaha BB series bass... sounds like elixir strings (coated Nickel Rounds)
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    woot jamiroquai
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That guy is a nice player. His sound is mainly a matter of a practiced touch. It's hard to get that sound on a good bass with a set of roundwounds.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I wouldnt say that, you just have to be good with muting and a funky feel.
  6. pulseczar


    May 7, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    What kinda neck is that? It's really shiny like it's been coated with something.
  7. Yorkiebassist


    Dec 20, 2005
    That is a nice nice tone. That is the kinda of tone I want, fat, punchy with a certain amount of finger tone jazzyness. I reckon he has a lot od mids in that tone.
  8. WillCO

    WillCO An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure.

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    The guy's got a nice funky muting thing happening, and a lot of the sound is the Yamaha - that's definitely a BB sound. I agree with the other posts, probably nickel coated strings since it's a tad dark. I don't know why the neck is shiny though. Maybe he just oiled it or something.
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    Figjam, I meant to say that it's not hard to get that sound with a good touch and some roundwounds.
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    o ok
  11. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I think the tone is all in his hands. It's a string muting thing. He's also really good at "ghost notes"...notes that are implied. I tend towards that style a lot as well. He's pretty good, for a young'un...;)

    BTW, I think it's a BB3000S. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's the one.
  12. fatsobasso


    Dec 24, 2005
    Ormond florida
    jaco,ghost notes,and good timing,sounds like he has played that song many times.
  13. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I would imagine he has the bridge p/up cranked and the p/j about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way up to get that burpy tone. Plus those yamaha's have very nice mids to begin with, and it helps to know how to mute. I watched this video earlier today and thought he was a great player... really sweet tone- agreed.
  14. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    That is a pretty nice funky sound... I just can't get past the look of the bass. Blech. There are just too many good sounding basses that are ugly.
  15. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Great player. Very fluid and effortless. Very tasty. I know its a Yamaha but a bit of a MusicMan Stringray sound to as well. Do you agree?
  16. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    Yup, there is a tad bit of mwah in there. Very nicely done all the way around. He's got a nice touch.
  17. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    not to hijack, but...

    anyone got advice on what to eq to get a sound like that? ive got a good setup, G&L L-2000, markbass little mark head and a EA CXL 112, which is like the ultimate in transparency and versatility (IMO) so id like to think its not out of my reach. problem is im kinda lousy with the eq. is the answer lots of mids? high mids? low mids? less treble? less bass? what should i do?

    god, this site makes me feel like such a ****ty bass player. :crying:
  18. AFlyOnGeddysWal


    Sep 27, 2004
    That's nice. I thought it was a fretless at first with the glossy fretboard, and the smooth-muted-funky tones. Good stuff.
  19. Great tone, great feel, great player.
  20. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I love that sound. My jazz can kinda get that. I really want my Conklin to do that!