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Where Does Tone Come From? A fun exercise

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, May 8, 2019.

  1. Strings

    327 vote(s)
  2. Pickups

    335 vote(s)
  3. Controls (passive or active)

    83 vote(s)
  4. Neck wood

    22 vote(s)
  5. Body wood

    21 vote(s)
  6. Paint/finishing method

    3 vote(s)
  7. Player's talent/technique

    388 vote(s)
  8. Bridge

    5 vote(s)
  9. Overall quality of the instrument's construction

    42 vote(s)
  10. Weight of the instrument

    3 vote(s)
  11. Other

    31 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Please read this before making your poll choices:

    First and foremost, this poll is to be 100% based on opinions. Let's not let facts get in the way of our fun. :D

    The details: So, what do you believe are the top three contributors to a bass's overall tone? Sure, it could be hard, if not impossible to prioritize, but let's have a good time with it anyway. Let's assume that amplification, room acoustics, and any other factors outside of the instrument itself are to be considered outside of this exercise. Let's see how the poll unfolds....:thumbsup:
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  2. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Phil Keaggy said to eat lots of fried chicken. Monster musician so he’d know! :):):)
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I would have voted pickup location. Give Jaco a Precision and you don’t get Jaco tone.
  4. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Easy. Only three... maybe four have the largest effect in my mind. Not saying that any of the others don't contribute, but those three or four individually are probably more important than the others combined in my humble opinion.
    northbynorth likes this.
  5. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I agree, but I assume that to fall under the pickups selection. :)
  6. Mojo
    Fairy dust
    Unicorn poop

  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    The stork brings it.
  8. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    There is no tort option. The poll is invalid!
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It’s exactly the same thing, but this is your poll.:)
  10. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Tone wood, obviously. It's science.
  11. I think we can suppose that the poll full title is "where does the tone come from given a certain type of bass" otherwise between P, J, H and HH the difference is so important.
  12. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Ha, no it's not!
  13. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    It has "tone" right in the name duh.

    Nobody's ever heard of "tone strings". Case closed.
  14. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Depends on your definition: Is tone different than timbre?

    Also, carrots is the only answer. They also affect hue, saturation, white balance, and specularity.
  15. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I voted 'Other' instead of just 'Pickups'.

    My top three:
    • Pickups and their location (perhaps the poll choice should be edited to this)
    • Strings
    • Player
    Nashrakh, RyanOh, msb and 2 others like this.
  16. 92aceshigh


    Feb 11, 2017
    Brighton, UK
    This poll is ridiculous. Everyone knows pickguard colour is the biggest factor.



    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    What about an "All the above" option?
  18. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Don’t underestimate how much a setup (string height) in relation to the neck, affects the tone. It will really make a bass sound like a completely new and different bass.
  19. FollowMeDown


    Feb 8, 2019
    What? No option for type of guitar strap? :)
  20. mmmmmmmmm


    Nov 27, 2017
    green bay
    The length and hair color of the player, duh. Also how aggressive the leopard print is on their headband.
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