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Discussion in 'Bass Guitar Discussion' started by bkit13, Jan 12, 2019.
Who's been shit talking QP's?!
Go on Talkbass and you would swear they're one of the worst pickups ever made.
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.
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.
Are they "boutique or gtfo!" Over there?
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.
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.
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 .
I had a VM jazz with dimarzio area J's for a while. Wouldnt mind that one back either.
What's LP2? Dumb question.
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.
The second Sparrows LP.
Pro tip: track bass through a jcm800 for layering dirty parts
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.
you should ask this question on talkbass. theyre super helpful every time it comes up.
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.
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!
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.
QP probably aren’t the best choice if you’re trying to play grandpa rock on a P bass w/ flats.