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Tone knobs on Jazz Basses - how much are they actually USED?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikewalker, Dec 15, 2018.


  1. Full up, all the time (ROUNDWOUNDS)

    110 vote(s)
    25.2%
  2. Rolled off about 20% , all the time (ROUNDWOUNDS)

    47 vote(s)
    10.8%
  3. Rolled off 50%, all the time (ROUNDWOUNDS)

    33 vote(s)
    7.6%
  4. Rolled off a variable amount depending on song (ROUNDWOUNDS)

    153 vote(s)
    35.0%
  5. Full up, all the time (FLATS/TAPES)

    35 vote(s)
    8.0%
  6. Rolled off maybe 20% , all the time (FLATS/TAPES)

    16 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. Rolled off 50% or more, all the time (FLATS/TAPES)

    24 vote(s)
    5.5%
  8. Rolled off a variable amount depending on song (FLATS/TAPES)

    54 vote(s)
    12.4%
  9. Tone knob set to CARROTS (any string type, or even no strings at all...)

    27 vote(s)
    6.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I'm curious about this! Most of my basses I run tone control wide open, all the time. I rarely dial down the tone ever, in typical use. (not counting the very rare situation where I might want a real thumpy acoustic bass -ish effect)

    What say you?
     
  2. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Carrots...(Flatwounds)
     
  3. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    49
    Depends entirely on the song. I really can't answer your poll as of yet. I never play all the time on just one setting.
     
  4. creaturegods

    creaturegods

    Sep 23, 2017
    When I had a jazz bass (Fender Road Worn '60s), I had every knob at 10 100% of the time.
     
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  5. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    poll tweaked! :)
     
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  6. Picton

    Picton

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I’m twiddling the tone knob all the time. I can dial in almost any tone I want.

    Unlike on my guitars, where tone is almost always dimed.
     
  7. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Tone knobs? For almost all Jazz Basses, it is tone knob. Singular tone knob. With the exception of the few J Basses with dual concentric knobs.

    Jazz-Bass-Control-Plate-Wired-for-Fender-for-jazz-bass-replacement._640x640. image-jpeg.
     
  8. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Thanks for the poll adjustment

    I usually play a V/V/T config. To get a different tone, I usually fiddle with the pup volumes rather that the tone pot.
     
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  9. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Dump the VVT and go VBT (volume blend tone) Much, much better for pickup blending!

    Bourns blend pot. There's a center indent for both on full.

    Seymour Duncan's website give the wiring for a blend. It's pretty easy to do 'cause I did it.

    BOURNS_250BLEND_SS__17443.1534792656.1280.1280.
     
  10. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Yes, I meant "the tone knob" in general, I guess I worded the thread 'tone knobs' in the sense of 'a plurality of knobs on multiple jazz basses' :)

     
  11. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    49
    Voted. :)

    When flats are on, I don't typically use treble knobs. This is an L-2000 in the recording, but it's quite similar to one of the tones I go for when I have flats on a Jazz.
     

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  12. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Nice! :thumbsup:
    So just to clarify, that's your classic "jazz bass with flats, tone knob on full" sound??

    ** or in the case of an "active-EQ", bass, the treble control flat?
     
  13. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451

    Aug 6, 2006
    Leland NC
    Is THAT what they are?
     
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  14. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    I have basses with both. My preference is V/V/T
     
  15. Everything wide open on a stacked knob Jazz, unless it's a fast shuffle where l have to dig in. Tone knob at around 50 % for that.
     
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  16. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I mess with mine all the time... all over the place depending on the song (and my mood that day)...
     
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  17. flyingfinbar

    flyingfinbar Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Long Island, New York
    I entertain the idea of turning them puppies down, but they just sound so good cranked up.
     
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  18. Andy235

    Andy235

    Dec 14, 2018
    Maryland
    Flats only. Usually rolled down heavily.
     
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  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Not my experience at all. I tried it and lost a lot of the tones i used. I also tried a tonestyler and several other variations on the basic VVT and they all left me with fewer tone options. These days i’m back to the basic VVT.
    Also, always round wounds.
     
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  20. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    Active jazz basses do have tone knobs, more properly they are EQ knobs, and generally leave them flat but will occasionally use them for certain songs.
     
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