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Old 2008-03-29, 05:37
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Achieving a better bass tone?

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I was wondering what would be the best/easiest way to achieve a more versatile tone in my bass/amp. I'm sick of my amp putting out the same dull tone I've had to play with for several years.

I've got a Squire P-Bass (only has the two pickups in the middle, no extra pickup near the bridge) and my amp is a Fender Rumble 40-watt that only has volume, bass, treble and midi knobs as well as the CD/Input jacks. Even with the treble and midi at full, it still not enough really and doesn't change the tone drastically.

Would a new amp be the way to go? I have no idea about amps and what determines the sound quality. The most inexpensive alternative to getting a new bass is what I'm looking for. Ive got no idea about pre-amps and all that jazz also, so yeah any help would be appreciated, as i wanna make playing bass fun again!
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Old 2008-03-29, 12:47
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Get an outboard preamp to further taylor your tone and work on your technique. If you want a warmer tone, put your right hand towards the neck. If you want a more cutting sound, tighter and with more treble, work towards the bridge.

Do you play with a clean tone or do you use effects? Do you use fingers or pick? what metal style do you play? it all depends on this.

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Old 2008-03-30, 01:50
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I play with fingers, no effects and I usually just doodle around (melodic) with the occasional learning of a tab (death metal).
I just want more options tone wise, to be able to have a more brighter, rounder sound etc.
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Old 2008-03-30, 21:02
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Old 2008-03-30, 21:28
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I would say get a roland practice amp if you're not looking to do anything serious with bass.
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Old 2008-03-31, 04:48
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I would say get a roland practice amp if you're not looking to do anything serious with bass.


Wtf, aren't they 15 watt or something?
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Old 2008-03-31, 07:41
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New amplification is the way to go. I would suggest some good heads and cabs to buy but I don't know your price limit.
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Old 2008-03-31, 09:08
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Wtf, aren't they 15 watt or something?

nah, they start around 15 but they can get up in the hundreds
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I play with fingers, no effects and I usually just doodle around (melodic) with the occasional learning of a tab (death metal).
I just want more options tone wise, to be able to have a more brighter, rounder sound etc.


keep practicing. 99% of your tone comes from how you pluck the string. if you want a brighter tone try playing closer to the bridge, especially is youre tuning is low.
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Old 2008-04-16, 08:34
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keep practicing. 99% of your tone comes from how you pluck the string.

That is quite an over statement.
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i stand by my statement. i know better equipment helps, but i still say tone is in your fingertips.
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Would anyone know how to get close to Justin Chancellor's tone? (Tool bassist). Particularly on the 10,000 days album.
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Old 2008-04-18, 22:49
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Justin uses a pick....thats about all i know
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Old 2008-04-18, 23:59
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Would anyone know how to get close to Justin Chancellor's tone? (Tool bassist). Particularly on the 10,000 days album.

He uses a Wal bass, Mesa cabinets and a shitload of preamps.
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Wal is a no go for anyone un-rich.


Oh and you forgot the Ernie Ball strings.
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Buy a Boss bass EQ, there awsome bout $89
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