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Trying to get a specific tone with my J-bass.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MascisMan, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Hey guys I have a Hwy 1 J bass and am looking to get a certain tone.

    I am trying to come somewhat close to a Flea (Modulus), or even MusicMan type of tone. A good reference would be Flea's sound in the song "By the Way".Both guitars utilize the same type pup so i guess a better question would be how to attain that Stingray/Modulus humbucker tone.

    I know the easiest answer is "go buy a Modulus" or "go buy a SR", however I dont have that kind of money. What kind of pup choices or maybe even a pre-amp/stompbox could get me in that neighborhood?

    I was thinking of some DiMarzio Model J pups and maybe a SABDDI or Ampeg SVP preamp.

    Thanks for any help
  2. Umm, both the Stingray and Flea modulus have a large humbucking pickup in the sweetspot. You said you have a Jazz bass, which is two J pickups.

    You could do your best to come close, but you will never get your jazz to sound like a stingray or vice versa, different pickup placement and number of pickups.
  3. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Right, I realize that I wont be able to copy the tone exactly, all I am trying to do is take my J-Bass in that direction. Just a fat, gritty kind of tone.

    On guitars you can buy single coil sized humbuckers that replicate a humbucker decently. Looking to do something similar but with J-Bass pickups and possibly a preamp or stomp box.
  4. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Maybe try wiring the pickups in series or adding a series/parallel switch to it. That may give you teh fatter humbucking sound
  5. MascisMan


    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    thanks KB, that is a good idea!