Why does my bass sound more 'growl/dirty' played through head phones?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Marriedwithbass, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Hi,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section; I have noticed that when ever I plug my head phones into my amp to practice I get a much more 'growling' sound than when I play through my amp normally (think of the sound of the bass in 'Black Velvet').

    Can anyone explain how to get a dirtier growling sound when I play out of the speaker as I think it sounds really cool!?

    N.B. I am only using a Cord (I think thats the name of the company that made my bass, its a beginner model anyway) bass with a Fender Jazz pickup arrangement and a 20w Ibanez Soundwave 20 practice amp.

    Many thanks as always
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Cort is the brand. :)

    The headphone preamp is probably overdriving in a way that the regular amp does not. There are many many overdrive pedals that will get you this sound; go over to the Effects forum and read some of the threads there about OD, grit, grind, and growl.
  3. Cheers for the bass brand clear up, I've had it since I was 16 but only really got into playing it this last year properly (I'm 27 now)

    Oh OK cool, I've got an old Marshall guitar OD pedal somewhere. have you got any pedals you would recomend?
  4. ExTek


    Feb 11, 2014

    I recently got a Tech 21 Sansamp Bass DI. Maybe you should look into those! You can get all kinds of sounds out of it. Right now, I have my tone set to sound clean, but also have a little bit of grit so it growls. Check out some videos on YouTube.
  5. Thanks man I'll do that