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would a sansamp help

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by gbenner, Sep 30, 2001.


  1. gbenner

    gbenner

    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    im looking to fatten up my sound. im using an old peavey 400 series head from 71(still works great)and a g&k 4-10 cab. it sounds great at home but where we practice its all open with lots of wood floors, my set-up sounds too bright in there. i was wondering if a sansamp would give me a warmer sound in this kind of room. thanks for any ideas.
     
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Your amp is only displaying what's being fed into it.

    What kind of bass are you using? Which woods is it made of? Which kind of strings are you using? (No info in your profile :rolleyes: ).
     
  3. gbenner

    gbenner

    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    rick, the bass is a schecter, robert deleo model-t it has an ash body with maple bolt on neck with a rosewood fingerboard. the strings are dr sunbeams. the pick-ups are seymour duncan(duncan designed) p&j set-up.i mainly use the neck (p) pick-up. also the amp is solid state. it has something call a slope control to boost the low end, but at higher volumes it will slightly distort.
     
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Okay, good deal!....I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to get your hopes up if you were using some bass with pickups made from refrigerator magnets. The guy I replaced in one of my bands has a DeLeo and I know that's a "real" bass.

    IMO, the SansAmp will add big, big, round, wide, bottom to your sound. It won't change the fundamental characteristics of your bass tone. But it will give you a sound very close to a powerful, all tube, amp like an SVT if that's how you have the SansAmp controls set. I think some people expect it to change the "personality" of their tone because they are used to effects units. Nonetheless, all you have to do is try your bass without it and then try it with it, and I'm pretty sure you won't have any thoughts about returning it to the seller.

    That doesn't mean you have to sacrifice any treble or brightness. Crank up the Treble, Gain, and the Presence and you can slice through a wall of 6- string mud, especially with your good 10's. Back off on the presence and treble and the sound will be like you're running through a blackface Bassman.
     
  5. gbenner

    gbenner

    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    thanks for your reply rick, ive never been much into effects, i prefer the sound of the bass as is, im looking just to warm the sound a little.ill pick one up this week.
     
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That's good you're not looking for something to "disguise" your tone, because it won't, unless you crank the drive and get a distorted, overdriven sound.

    Everyone who decided to go ahead and try one that I know of on Talkbass won't part with theirs. When I first plugged mine in, it didn't get me the sound I was originally looking for, (I think I was after something more like an Aphex Aural Exciter). But the tones I got with it were so damn "muscular", no way I was going to send it back.

    Think of it as your bass after a year in the weight room on anebolic steroids.
     
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    As a Sans amp user I have to agree and second what rickbass1 said, check it out you will not be disappointed.