Fender Jazz bass for metal?

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  1. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    Who's been shit talking QP's?!
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Go on Talkbass and you would swear they're one of the worst pickups ever made. :lol:
     
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    As i explained that will be dangerously high tension, but now you've posted what you like for EADG you can work from that.
    2 strings at equal tension have gauges in the same ratio as their frequencies (derived from physics).
    Frequency ratio for an interval is 2 ^ (s / 12) where 's' is semitones.
    This is 1.122 for 2 semitones, 1.260 for 4 semitones.

    E 110 -> C -4 = 139 (110 * 1.26)
    A 90 -> G -2 = 101 (90 * 1.122)
    D 70 -> C -2 = 79
    G 55 -> F -2 = 62

    So 65 85 100 130 will be too tight, 140s are rare so i suggest 60 80 100 135.
    100 and 135 rarely exist in the same set so if you must use a 5 string set use 60 80 100 130. The low C will be much looser than the others though.

    Sure your top string is a 55? Sets like this usually have a 50.
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    Concerning your tension calculator results, 65 90 105 135 is too tight.
    First use that site with your EADG 55 70 90 110 set entered to discover the per-string tensions you like, then choose gauges in the new tuning to acheive those per-string tensions.
     
  4. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    Are they "boutique or gtfo!" Over there?
     
  5. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    A lot of them claim the QP is scooped and muddy as all fuck, has no clarity, and gets lost in a mix.

    I mean they're dark, but they're not muddy. Shit my QP-loaded J can be tight as fuck.
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    As a guitarist, allow me to state that Fender Jazz Basses are perfect. They look great and I have rarely played one I didn't love. They definitely do metal.
    Glad I could answer that for you.
     
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  7. budda

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    LP2 was a qp-loaded jazz and the bass tones were awesome. I didnt know people ragged on them, but then Im not a bassist :lol:.

    I had a VM jazz with dimarzio area J's for a while. Wouldnt mind that one back either.
     
  8. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    What's LP2? Dumb question. :lol:

    I almost got the DiMarzio Ultra Jazz set. Apparently they're kinda similar to Sadowksy pickups, which is the sound I was originally hunting down. But the QPs nailed it enough for me. :lol:
     
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    The second Sparrows LP.

    Pro tip: track bass through a jcm800 for layering dirty parts :metal:
     
  10. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    When I had my POD HD500, I got a really nasty bass sound running a clean signal, and in parallel running a RAT pedal with a little bit of dirt with a VERY strong LPF to act like a Sansamp cab sim. Shit sounded gritty as fuck.
     
  11. GenghisCoyne

    GenghisCoyne im here to party

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    you should ask this question on talkbass. theyre super helpful every time it comes up.
     
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    couverdure No Gear Day

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    Doesn't Shavo from SOAD use a 5-string set minus the 4th string for Drop C? I think that would make the tension more even since the low B are usually loose while the high strings are tighter in comparison.
     
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    I love Jazz basses, mine's got those Quarter Pounders people are talking about in here. I think the most important thing for me to achieve the sound I want, is that I use an amp/amp sim that cuts a lot from the 300-600 Hz muddy area - leaves space in the mix for guitars, vocals, synths. I also use multiband saturation to get that clear low end and distorted high end, try it out!
     
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    If you put heavy strings on it you might need to adjust the truss rod/neck. I would probably use a "light" 5 string set (more like .126). Steel if you mean bizness.

    Jazz should be fine. A big part of good br00tal bass tone is in the performance/da fingers.
     
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    QP probably aren’t the best choice if you’re trying to play grandpa rock on a P bass w/ flats.
     
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