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Posted by Josh on February 14, 2001 at 21:21:23:
In Reply to: Bass tone problems posted by Allastair Lindsay on February 14, 2001 at 07:27:03:
: I am new to the bass world having only started a few months ago. My problem is related to the tone I am getting (or rather, can't get!). Because of my liking for rock music, I play solely with a pick (medium gauge). However, I am not finding the sound that I want: smooth and soft bass. The guitar I've got is a Fender Squier P-Bass, and to get anywhere near the sort of tone I'm after, I have to roll the Tone control right down to zero (cutting out the high-end frequencies). Even then, when I listen to some of my favourite records, I still find that my sound is way off.
: Can anyone offer me any advice please? it would be much appreciated!!
Well, to start with it sounds to me like for the sounds you want (dialing off the treble but playing with a pick) you probably want to use your fingers. I play a Korea Squire (although I'm about to buy a Tobias :0 ), and rolling off all the treble sounds not to great to me. So, I'd learn to use your fingers, and you'll probably find you'll use both. Before we go bashing pick players though, let's remember that Chris Squire is probably the ultimate bassist, and he uses a pick. It all depends what sound you want, but everyone should know both methods.
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