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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, Aug 13, 2019.
Same thing we do every night, Pinkey. Modulus Q5, Smith compressors, and a hand built Klon knockoff.
Rickenbacker 4003 with rounds, no contest. This bass sounds great with any flavor of dirt or no dirt at all. All that high end harmonic sparkle and low end growl just sings when you drive it hard.
And no, I don't really like Geddy's Jazz tone as much as I liked his Ric tone. On Clockwork Angels, for example, it kind of sounds like he's overdoing the drive a bit to me. It sounds cool, but I can't help thinking the album would sound better if he just used his Ric and signal chain from the Farewell to Kings era.
My Westone Spectrum, on the other hand, which is a great bass, doesn't handle dirt so well. Maybe it's the really hot humbuckers on it, but it seems to sound its best played dry into the amp. If the amp can get just a little breakup with the gain turned up it'll do that, but mostly clean is best for that bass.
Interesting; I use my Spectrum specifically for driving my tube amp. I haven't really bothered adding any other clipping devices to the chain with that one, I suppose.
I have a couple of Ampegs which already have a bit of overdrive "baked in" to the circuit, and my Spectrum sounds great through them with no extra help, especially when I crank the amp. But when I try to run it through, say, a Darkglass b3k, it just comes off to me as kind of honky and fizzy sounding. Works okay in a mix, but not my favorite sound at all.
The one, whichever one, in front of my Pork Loin.
Pedal - that's a pedal, y'know.
i currently own two basses, a p with a double j pickup in the bridge and an '85 Ibanez rb850. both sound killer overdriven (like, a lot of overdrive. i generally test amps by cranking them all the way. probably because I've been a guitarist in another life) right at the center detente of their blend pots. just a nice full sound
Strangely enough, it was a Heartfield 5. I wouldn't mind having another.
Passive for sure, whatever it is.
I find that overdrive sounds best with a P-Bass.
I find that a 8 or 12 string bass wired for independent pickup output is just the ticket.
All that bandwidth with one pickup kept dry and clean and distort the other pickup to taste and you be stylin'!
I also like a Ricky through the stereo outputs with one channel clean and the other distorted.
I personally like my humbucker basses for overdrive and fuzz.
@infamusblkdeath I started this thread instead: Tech 21 SansAmp YYZ vs. Darkglass B7K
anything with two pickups that aren't spaced too close together.
jazz bass, rick, good choices.
another great way to go is anything with a mudbucker or very far up woofer-style pickup. a dirty fat SVT type of thing is great with those.
Geddy Lee Jazz bass. I have a couple that I play through a hit the rails boosted GK 400rb
I second this re: Audere. That Hi Mid band is the magic. Roll it up for the most in-your-face tones, or down for the classic vibes. Super useful control on an excellent preamp.
My warwicks, bongo, j bass, and rick all sound amaizing in their own ways for this
Definitely my Dingwall ng-2. What’s special about it? Parts wise most of the bass is pretty straight forward. Alder body and maple neck is about as traditional as it gets. hipshot hardware is nice. The multiscale aspect probably helps some because the lower range of the instrument has more focus without sounding wimpy. But I think the electronics are a biggest part of why it sounds great with overdrives. It has two reverse p style pickups(pretty rare) it has a selector so you can put the pickups in series (which I like so much I leave mine in that setting all the time) another thing is the darkglass eq is really great imo. It’s very passive sounding when run flat. In fact if I have the eq completely flat it’s nearly impossible to tell if I have the bass in passive mode or active mode. You basically have to boost or cut eq and flip the active/passive switch back and forth to really hear of the bass is on active or passive mode. The cool thing about that is when using overdrives and fuzz you don’t have that harshness or sterile vibe you get when using dirt pedals with a lot of active basses. As for dirt pedals. For the last 4 years or so I’ve been a Darkglass guy. Mainly the B7k and Alpha/ omega.
My Gibson RD Artist/P-Bass have the best defined fuzz/overdrive tone.
RD Standard bass has the best doom metal sound with fuzz/Overdrive.
Gibson Ripper has a great response to feedback. It has an awesome overdriven tone. I use the feedback a lot playing with a band.