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Wanted: more natural bass response

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by fretlessman71, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Got a bass I love. Bolt on ATK 305, maple neck, not sure of the body (ash or alder?).

    Not as warm as I'd like it to be but I love everything else about it.

    Is there anything STRUCTURALLY that can be done to increase the bass response? Maybe something to do with the neck joint? (Yes, I can always add it in with EQ, but it's not the same...)
  2. TexasTodd


    Jan 10, 2013
    Is it string thru body? That is supposed to add sustain but I'm not sure about the warmth you are looking for.
  3. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I would try a heavier or different string. Maybe even a flatwound or nylon tape. You could also try playing with your pickup height.
  4. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Convert it to threaded inserts & machine screws. I use 1/4-20, and get consistently great results.
  5. bass4worship

    bass4worship Ready For Freddy, let rock Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Sebring, Florida
    Replace the bridge with a new one.
  6. Try either flats or half wound strings! Less treble in your signal will make for a warmer tone. Playing with the strings in mentioned solo will possibly seem yuck BUT I found in a band, they sound thick and warm.
  7. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Tighten the neck joint and hardware. Tighten (carefully) the neck bolts and the screws that bolt the bridge to the body. It can usually make some difference in tone.
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Turn the preamp off!
  9. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    There is something to be said for this. I've been toying with SS Squier Jag. As part of my adventures, I unstrung it. The bridge could wiggle like crazy! No, not the saddles, the entire plate. As a fan of free fixes, tighten all screws and play with your pickup height. From there, reconsider your strings of choice. Exhaust the free stuff, then the cheap stuff, then the modestly pricey stuff, etc.
  10. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    You'd be amazed at how thrown together some basses are, even booteek ones.
  11. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Different strings. If you want more fundamental than get some strings with lighter tension, the increased vibration will result in more low frequencies.
  12. For the love of God, please ignore all previous responses. They will lead you down an expensive, time-consuming rabbit hole of mods which will do nothing but make you crazy until you eventually give up and try to sell the bass.

    Your bass isn't MEANT to have a really fat bass tone. The pickup location makes it that way. It's meant to have a very forward, middy/bright tone.

    If that's not your thing, move on.
  13. Please dear god ignore this post! lol

    Just because the pickup is more towards the bridge doesnt mean the bass is all sizzle and no booty. I get plenty thick tones with a warwick thumb

    Theres nothing wrong with making sure all hardware is tight and whatnot. Try different strings.

    What amp are you playing through btw? Nothing is going to sound big through a 25 watt crate
  14. I'll grant you that. The rest is a waste of time.
  15. I'm playing direct into a pa. No choice in the matter. It's not that; other basses have a warmer sound through the same system. I'm already considering adding a 2nd pickup (think MM Sabre). Found a used pickup of the exact same model that's in there already.

    I'm also thinking of filing the frets to a sharp point, replacing the bridge with a mound of silly putty, and installing a series of preamps for each string (which will require extensive routing out of the back). If that doesn't do the trick, I'll just sell it and buy an Affinity P bass. ;)
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    You can always try flatwounds or tapewound strings. I'd suggest flats.
  17. bass4worship

    bass4worship Ready For Freddy, let rock Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Sebring, Florida
    Get a Sansamp DI works for me for that big fat warm tone.
  18. TexasTodd


    Jan 10, 2013
    Holy crap. After reading this I grabbed a screw driver and tightened my bridge screws. Flipped it around and TWO of my neck screws were loose!!