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Tone Description struggle

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by MAGUS®, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Was just wondering about how difficult describing a certain tone is when it seems that one man's overdrive is bordering on another man's mild distortion

    For instance - the clip i've included, ( its not me ) i would describe as quite a thick tone with " slight overdrive "
    Maybe someone else would say " mild distortion "

    I dont know how much of that tone is to do with the pup, but there is definately a Sans BDDI pedal used, but no other FX, just a mixer.

    What would you describe it as ? I'm a tad curious as to the differences in what people hear, and their interpretation.

  2. RSchuster


    Jan 27, 2006
    Alexandria, VA
    If there was any actual distortion/overdrive/whatever added, it was so minimal there that it's not really an issue. That seriously just sounded like a nicely mixed fretless bass.

    If I had to go with anything, though, I would "VERY LIGHT overdrive". Distortion for me tends to be much harsher, whereas overdrive is simpler "thicker".
  3. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Thanks Schuster - minimal overdrive is how i was thinking of it. Theres no grit there at all in my opinion.
    I'm sure i've heard a similar tone from an older Warwick thumb ( jazz pups? ) without any pedals
  4. Newget


    Mar 10, 2006
    For a minute there I thought the bassline was going to be Boogie on Reggae Woman, I wouldn't say distortion in the same sentence as that tone. Overdrive is a bit much, it had some high gain added I suppose but more, to me at least, was alot of bridge pup on a Fender fretless jazz tone. Great tone by the way, I love it, which is why I got me a jazz too.
  5. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    So you think a bridge Jazz pup can emulate that tone, with maybe some EQ tweaking ?

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