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what will give me a nice growl

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by flury, May 28, 2004.

  1. flury


    May 21, 2004
    I have a 4 x 10 cab now and 350watt biamp head. I want a real nice growl sound. Not so much punchy bass. What speaker(s) should I add to what I have? one 15", two 10", two 15"...Im open to alot.
  2. Probably a single 15 if punch isnt that essential....
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    what about a bowl of refried beans?

    seriously......look for a good quality 15" cab.....heck, get a 215.

  4. a Doberman?
  5. grovest


    Feb 26, 2002
    Growl... I would try boosting the lower-mid end of your EQ settings and experiment with different round-wound strings.
  6. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    I was going to say check your bass as well. If you have to buy speaker's to make your sound growl your in trouble and someone has told you the wrong way to go about a rig!

    12's will give you a little more mid, but don't buy a cab hoping it adds something to your bass that isn't there.

    Best of luck,

  7. flury


    May 21, 2004
    Ive been messing with the settings on my amp since Ive got my bass (in sig). It sounds amazing to the very little standards I have. I just heard that certain speaker setups give different results and named what i was shooting for.

    Thanks for all the help so far.
  8. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    Sure some speaker's will be warmer then other's and some will be clear and other's muddy or scooped just depending on the brand and the way they tune their cab's.

    To achieve growl your bass needs to have it. MIA Fender Jazz should have some ok growl to it no doubt.

    Hartke's are very trebly cab's, of course I'm think aluminum cone Hartke's, but even the other's seem pretty bright to me.

    Keep in mind that a cab like SWR which is very scooped mid sounding cab even in a 12 or 15 might not achieve what you want. Different brand's again are tuned differently so keep that in mind. Best think to do is carry your bass and your head to the music stores with you and try different cab's.

  9. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    Did you consider a bass overdrive pedal. Leave your tone and volume settings as they are, adjust the gain and output level of the pedal to meet the volume of your "clean" sound and you're set
  10. Saetia


    Mar 27, 2003
    Get a Music Man, or a Warwick, growl city!

  11. bogart


    Dec 11, 2003
    big bear, ca
    First off, set the action pretty high on the bass. Detune it a half/step. Turn the neck pickup down a little. I use Dean Markley Blue Steel med. strings. Attack that thing right next to the bridge and she'll growl all day long. I'm using a similar rig to yours right now, only i added an 18. Which I regret. Stick to a 15, 2x12, or even another 4x10.