How do i get loose bass tones and tight bass tones

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  1. Roykim34

    Roykim34 Regular

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    I usually use loose bass tones for louder rock since it makes the band sound bigger. but i like tight bass tones for acoustic jams. how to i get both bass tones from my percision bass guitar? I already went through a pickup change, i put a dimarzio model p. It's a cheap bass i got online for about $100. how do i get loose and tight tones? can i get it by adjuting tone and volume controls?
  2. kimjanee

    kimjanee Regular

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    Loose tone? I guess you mean a bass tone with less attack? You can do it by turning down the tone knob on your bass guitar. That's what I do sometimes too.

    This will reduce the high frequencies of the bass, which in way makes the instrument sound lower or deeper as a result.
  3. Chanson

    Chanson Regular

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    Play close to the bridge for tighter tones, and close to the neck for loose tones?
  4. Necris

    Necris Bonitis.

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    Your tone knob and your EQ settings on your amp will significantly influence your sound. Outside of messing with those and looking for some sort of happy medium between "loose" and "tight" you can also look into your plucking hand technique.
    Playing more towards the neck will make for a darker sound sound with fewer harmonic overtones noticable, playing more towards the bridge will be brighter, even twangy if you play right back near the saddles.

    The harder you pluck the less sustain the note has, this tends to sound tighter because what comes through is mostly a percussive transient without a lot of sustain afterward. If you pluck more gently you get a fuller tone that may translate to sounding more "loose" because it has less of the initial attack of a harder pluck.

    Plucking with more of the flesh of the finger will be a darker sound than plucking with more of your nail (if playing doesn't break your nails on your playing hand like it does for a lot of people.) Playing with a pick usually sounds articulate and bright, but may not be what you're looking for.
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  5. TonyFlyingSquirrel

    TonyFlyingSquirrel Cherokee Warrior

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    This is where a J bass shines because you can also roll in/out either pickup in addition to your playing technique as others have mentioned to really sculpt the tone to the situation. I tend to lean more on the neck pickup and play with my fingers between pickups, but if I want to get more flap and clack percussively out of it, I’ll play further towards the neck.
  6. LordIronSpatula

    LordIronSpatula A series of interconnected fortune cookies.

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    +1 to plucking close to the bridge. Cutting lows at your amp will also tighten things up, as could using compression. All of these things will tighten up your sound in different ways.
  7. TedEH

    TedEH Cromulent

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    You could also try muting like you'd do for a guitar. I find that when I'm aiming for "tight" playing, I do like everyone else had said -> play closer to the bridge, and play with your pickup balance.
  8. ixlramp

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    Roykim34 is a probable spammer/spambot.
    See their thread
    See my reply for the suspicions. One of which is that the first post is word-identical to a 2015 post in Harmony Central.

    I have Googled the titles of Roykim34's 3 other threads (one being this thread) and all are also word-and-spelling-mistake-identical to old posts at Harmony Central, all threads here also have no replies to the discussion.
    Roykim34 has 4 posts at sevenstring, all of which are thread starters that are word-identical copies of old posts from Harmony Central, with no reply to discussion.

    Seems to be the spammer strategy that copies posts from other forums to appear genuine, then spams after a delay.
    I will report all the threads.

    BUT ALSO ...

    kimjanee is also a probable spammer/spambot.
    kimjanee who was the first to reply above, just happens to have a thread word-identical to one of RoyKim34's, also with no replies to the discussion:
    Identical to:
    So is probably the same spammer replying to themselves to help make Roykim34 appear genuine.
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