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Tone Envy

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Jensby design, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Who has "that tone"? The tone that you want but just can't quite get?

    If you're like me you will have many and may have to compromise do to budget.

    I wanted to start this thread to help us all better understand how to get the tone or tones we are all looking for.

    Who has the tone you want and how do they get it?
    Basses, strings, effects, amps, mods, style/technique what insight can we share?

    List of Bassists whose tone I envy:

    Adam Nolly
    Yves Carbonne
    Jean Baudin
    and this guy http://youtu.be/-MuVXGjkhuA
  2. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    John Myung, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, John Turner, Thomas Miller.

    Myung, Lee, and Squire have a similar combination of tube amps, roundwound strings, bright basses, and heavy attack. Lee and Squire use bi-amping in addition to this.

    John Turner...well, I'm sure he can have something to say about it. I know he's got some unique Hartke cabs, and some very unique basses. I'm sure the Lane Poor pickups help with that tone.

    Thomas Miller is an enigma to me, tonally. Sometimes it sounds fretless, sometimes not.
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I try to emulate Geezer Butler's tone. Mainly, it requires playing with my right hand over the end of the fingerboard, rather than close to the bridge.
  4. No, mainly it requires having lightning fast stubby fingers.
    DR Black Beauties on a P-bass seems like a good place to start.
    I think the secret to his tone is in the technique that guys right hand confuses the hell out of me.
    Is he plucking with 1, 2, or 3 fingers :confused:
  5. I believe Geddy Lee and Chris Squire both use Rotosound Stainless Steels. I've used them before they have a very aggressive tone.
  6. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Yes, they did. Myung, on the other hand, used to use D'Addario Nickel strings, but now I think he uses Ernie Balls. I've also heard he uses ProSteels, but a recent info video about his rig says Ernie Balls.
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Jamareo Artis (Bruno Mars) - makes me want to play a P bass
  8. Wow Jamareo Artis does have a real bitchin tone. I never notice before (not a Bruno Mars fan) but what would help get that tone :confused: I've never been able to get tone like that from a P-bass.:mad: What strings :confused: they sound like flats but they have sustain :confused: maybe use a compressor :meh:

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I've been learning/disecting Jamareo's bass part on that performance.
    I am sure he is using flats for that show. That sustain is unusually good. Love, love, love the tone he gets.

    But what's better is his actual playing. He really is amazing. Many cool little riffs, accents and slides. After learning that tune he is one of my favorites right now.

    He kills it.
  10. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    Wow. I never gave Bruno Mars a second thought but that performance was great. Maybe Jamareo Artis' tone and great playing made it for me- but I was blown away. Off to feel bad about my tone and cop a few of his licks! :bassist:
  11. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups, Westone Audio
    Tony Levin. Anything and everything he touches has "that sound".
  12. Found his gear list:
    Pino Palladino P-bass
    Mesa Boogie M9, Mesa Boogie LTD 8x10
    Strings DR Strings Hi-Beams (.045–.105), DR Strings Legend Flatwounds.

    Tony Levin has the warmest sounding Stingray I've ever heard. Ernie Ball strings I'm guessing fairly heave gauge and of course Ampeg amps. Great now I want to sound like him.

    :scowl: No I want this sound http://youtu.be/lMxbP1V3WBo (Adam Nolly) my god that F#(7:55) is freakin beautiful :rolleyes: in mean evil.
    :oops: Make my F# sound cuddly.
    :rollno: I need more gear :scowl:
  13. Well thanks to you Steve I now have flats on my P-bass.
    :meh: Well, its a Peavey Milestone II and they're Fender 9050s so not quite the same but I'm still lovin the hell out of it.
    Very different from my other basses but that keep my from getting in a rut.