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What parts does the greatest of tone come from?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rumzini, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    Well...just like the question asks. I know that it is a culmination of all the parts. Is there a certain part of the bass that the tone comes from the most? Body, neck, strings, pickups???

    I hope this isn't an ignorant question?
  2. mattmcnewf


    May 27, 2004
    fingers? maybe i don't now
  3. I'd say that the first thing the average (non musician) listener would notice is the pickups, and preamp. Probably followed by the wood, and the strings (Flat, Round, Nickel, Stainless).

    its hard to pinpoint but, I think the electronics make the most difference that everyone will notice. wood makes a difference but I doubt a non bass player could tell the difference between a alder jazz and a ash jazz with the same pickups.
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think strings make a bigger difference than wood, to a non music listener.

    But in order i think it goes:
    1) type of pickup, ie: single coil, humbucker, soapbar, etc, and the preamp, and active vs passive electronics.
    2) type of strings, ie: rounds vs flats. Its quite a noticeable difference.
    3) wood

    Fingers makes a big difference though, but thats kind of a given.
  5. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Wood and construction.
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    They could if you played them side by side;)

    I'd say the biggest difference simply cannot be pinpointed... it depends on the bass.

    The biggest difference in general can usually be attibuted to the player. "How" you play the bass in question can make all the difference in the world.
  7. rickets9


    Mar 6, 2004
    pick or fingers? i play with my fingers and it also depends on the pickups do you have a bridge and neck pickup? and it depends on the sound you want. many factors and whats your stlye? funk rock ?and the song if you want more of a throaty sound go with the neck pickup alot of things to consider
  8. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    The pickguard...definitely
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    In the actual physical components of the bass, from what I've noticed, it goes:


    I find technique and the amp come in ahead of anything else though.
  10. ApeIsHigh81


    Aug 24, 2004
    No way dude, it's whether you have wood pickup covers & neck led's or not.
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    No dude its whether or not you use a Warwick and get the Nickelback crunch tone.
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    ...that doesn't even make sense...

    Anyway, a lot of the people around here really seem to underestimate the impact on tone of strings. My friend was surprised I could tell the guy on stage was using new rounds by the sound...I was surprised he couldn't tell.
  13. Aw c'mon now, everybody knows it's the strap that influences the tone.
  14. ApeIsHigh81


    Aug 24, 2004
  15. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Checkered ones definitely have the crispest highs I've ever heard. They can get a bit brittle with MM style humbuckers, so you might want to beef up the lows with a mahogany headstock veneer.
  16. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    You're a quick one.
  17. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    They call me Speedy Gonzalez! :D