Wheres the growl

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmusic1234, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. bassmusic1234


    Dec 28, 2007
    hi all. so I have owned a warwick corvette FNA jazzman 5 for about 2 years and have a problem. Wheres the friggin GROWL? i have a great amp a yorkville xs 800 witha crappy ashdown mag 810 deep cab. i played it through an ampeg svt and it was still pretty much the same. I crank my low mids and bass to see what its like sometimes and all i get is boom with no growl i guess what im lookin for is a cross between Rage and 311 my eq right now is bass=1 oclock......lowmid=2 oclock........mid=3 oclock.......high=1 oclock.....treble=1 oclock. note the mid is set at aprx 300 Hz and has ajustable frequency. any help would be SWEET!
  2. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I don't see why there shouldn't be growl by the bucketloads. Are you making sure that your bridge pickup has more balence/volume than the J? In my experience with H/S basses, you've got to make sure that the humbucker has the most volume to achieve soem decent growl, the H and the S blended together equally creates a nice smooth sound.
  3. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Growl comes from the combination of the right bass (which you have) and the right technique. Try attacking the strings more aggressively and nearer to the bridge. The growl should come through regardless of the amp you're using and you'd have to try pretty hard to dial it out with the onboard pre.
  4. emils


    Jul 28, 2005
    ...in your fingers...
  5. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry but I disagree. There is a large difference between 'twang' and 'growl'. With the wrong settings, playing closer to the bridge can get you nothing put a trebley twang, rather than a nice solid growl. Getting that nice growl is both a combination of technique (playing closer to the bridge, more agressive, stuff you mentioned) and EQing, and the bass and amp. All EQ'd and done correctly and you can get yourself a nice thunderous growl, I wish it were as simple as just having a humbucker and playing near the bridge, but it really isn't. :meh:
  6. Try not to boost so much low-mids and lows that's why you get a boomy sound. You don't need much lows to get growl. Try to boost more the mids and highs and use more the bridge pickup.
  7. Cliche but true.
  8. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    ( unless your like me and own an epiphone T-bird, that thing is SOOOO growly I hate it and love it all in the same breath ) :D
  9. New strings would help.
  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    You want growl? Get a Fender Jazz (or Stingray)!
  11. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    No way dude. :p

  12. IncX


    Jul 23, 2007
    Get a Thumb NT... thats the most warwick sounding of all the warwick basses.


    i play a darklord tuned normally, and it growls... a bit similar to ryan martinie.

    so you might wanna try those MEC gold (active) pups... i noticed both your wicks have passive PUPs (MEC silver).
  13. I find Jazz's growl just as much as Rays - just in a different way :D
  14. Please, no pictures of EB/MM in this thread, don't you know they are mortal enemies with Warwicks? You will start a flame war!
  15. Try raising your pickups. If they're too low, you'll get a more woofy sound.
  16. Matt_W


    May 3, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Indeed, raising the pickups on my Warwick Corvette $$ makes a huge difference to the amount of growl.
  17. IAmTheDood

    IAmTheDood Shake and Bake

    Dec 15, 2006
    Waterford, MI
    raise the pickups, play over the neck pickup .. that's where I found I got most of the growl out of my corvette.

    I still ended up getting a thumb NT which out of the box had a TON more growl than the corvette that I was always trying to toy with .. the Thumb had it out of the box.
  18. It might not help much, but here goes; If growl is what you truly want, try switching to an Epiphone Thunderbird IV, or, if you're into modding, try out some EMG humbuckers. :smug:
  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    LOL! Or a Stingray! Anything else are just imitators!
  20. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
    Raise the pickups....

    Stay away from other basses... You wanted a warwick, keep it.