what do you do to get your "sound"?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mike Money, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Me, I have an active jazz, so I crank the mids, center the lows and highs, run both pick ups, crank the gain on the guitar, center the gain on the amp, turn down the low knob just a bit, back one notch maybe, and then crank the 40 and 100 on the EQ. It sounds all... somethingish and stuff.
  2. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I need to have my hand slapped for messing with the tone controls, on my bass and on the pre-amp. I don't have a sound, but I love to get different sounds for the mood or tune. Usually 75% on the bridge p'up with the mids boosted a bit.
  3. Cut the hi-mids and boost the treble a bit. Solo the front pickup on whatever bass I'm using.
  4. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    The volume on the bass is open wide, pickup blend centered, EQ flat. The limiter on the amp is on, so I can dig in and get a nice growl. Then I adjust the amp's EQ settings to fit the room's acoustics (my amp is pretty simple: volume, limiter, 4-band EQ, contour, and a built-in DI, which is cool).
  5. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    jazz bass, bridge all the way, neck 0 to 30% - play mostly near the middle or bridge pickup

    on the sadowsky pre, 1/4 on the treble and 1/2 on the bass

    ampeg svp-pro, all buttons out, bass at 2 o'clock, mids on the second from the left setting with the mid gain at 2 o'clock and treble at 11 o'clock
  6. tonrutoo

    tonrutoo Guest

    Apr 18, 2003
    just completed my first rig,so i'm here to find out.
  7. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    1 notch boost to my lows, centered treble, 2 notch boost in my mids at 1.7KHz. It seems to give me a very nice and punchy sound without sounding too low or anything.
  8. hate to be the freak here, but I have 2 passive Bartolini soapbars open wide on my neck-through Conklin. my pre- is a Demeter VTBP-201s with a touch of bass rolled off and goind uncolored into a Stewart 2.1...

    if I can't get the sound with my hands, I'm screwed!

    from the low end,

  9. babecker

    babecker Guest

    Mar 7, 2002
    Sykesville, MD
    SVT-II: (EQ off)
    Bass: 12:00
    Mid: 1:30
    Treble: 12:00

    ATK Controls:
    Bass: Flat
    Mid: Flat
    Treble: Rolled almost completely off

    That dials in a pretty kickass fingerstyle rock tone.
  10. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    Because my Aria pro dosen't have a nice bassey tone:
    40: Boosted about 9
    then starting about 800 everything goes up and then peaks off about 9db then the highs rolled off a scootch
    Then the Knobs:
    Bass: around 1
    Mids: around 11
    Treble: set to what i feel like at the time.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    The best thing I ever did for my tone was use Bergantino speaker cabinets. :bassist:

    EQ-wise: depends on the bass, but if I need to cut through the mix I often boost in the vicinity of 250Hz, which adds punch and growl and definition.
  12. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Sans Amp RBI set close to the SVT setting they give in the manual.I use a Fender Am.Deluxe Jazz 4 and a Millenium 5 and both sound good with the EQs on the basses set flat.I use the pickup pans to change tone mostly.Before I tried a Sans Amp I would always be messing with the EQ on my Carvin R 1000 to get a good tone.The Sans Amp makes it simple.
  13. thelastofus

    thelastofus Guest

    Jul 3, 2002
    Bakersfield, Ca
    run my p bass wise open, plug it in to the svt classic and 8x10, crank the gain and leave everything else pretty much flat, i just got a boss od pedal yesterday so that should be fun too.
  14. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    On my bass, I have a cut/boost 3 band EQ. I boost the mids +50%, and slightly boost the highs. I use the lows to reguate the tone, from vintage thump to really clear. My sound is with the lows centered.

    My sound is bridge pickup on full. I like that midrangey, almost nasaly sound, which many people hate. When I need to, I put it over to the neck pickup to get more of a p-bassish sound out of it, also what I call the vintagier.

    One the amp, I usually leave the mids boosted, lows ever so slightly boosted, and the highs centered.
  15. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    What FuzzBass said.
    Add the Demeter 201s and the Bergs then let your fingers do the walkin.
  16. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    Pickups in series. Everything flat.