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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on April 10, 2001 at 06:19:36:

In Reply to: question about amp wattage posted by glenn on April 09, 2001 at 15:01:40:

: I'm a bassist in a death metal band with a double-bass drummer and 2 other guitarists. each guitarist has a pair of 100w all-tube heads driving four 4x12 cabs. needless to say, they play loud. with the loud distorted guitars and our heavy-hitting drummer with bright cymbals, my bass is getting buried when we jam and play live

: right now I'm using an Ashley mosfet bass preamp, an AB Systems 500w solid-state power amp, and a pair of DeCuir 4x12 bass cabs loaded with Cerwin-Vega bass drivers. what are your opinions on this rig? what type of improvements could I make to help bring my bass from under the guitar onslaught?

: I'm really happy with the tone that I get. I play with a pick on flatwounds and get an awesome fat tone that's really warm despite there being no tubes in any of my gear. would a more powerful power amp and different cabs be the answer? or should I scrap my rig and start over?

I guess the first question I'd have to ask is how you want to 'get out from under the guitars'. Do you want more of the bass frequencies, more mids, more highs, a combination? You say that you're happy with your tone, so is it just a matter of needing more volume?

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with your specific setup, so I'm gonna have to deal with this kinda generally.

Have you tried a 1x15 or 1x18 along with one of the 4x12s?

Do you have anything like a compressor/expander or graphic EQ in your preamp?

Is everything amped regularly, or biamped?

: one thing- I know that it's unusual for a metal bassist to be using flatwounds, but like I said, I play with a pick, and I absolutely hate the sound of a pick on roundwounds. it's too clangy and harsh for my ears. I do pump up the treble on my Ashley preamp to give me some presence, but I think my problem lies in power and volume. what do you think?

Ok, that gives me a little more of an idea...

Let me throw out an idea here; would it be possible for you to get a biamped rig, with the 500 W amp you've already got going into a 4x12, and a second power amp, like another 500 W, going into a 1x15/1x18?

And for strings, would something like a half-round be acceptable? Granted, you don't like the roundwound/pick combination, but at the same time, a half-round will give you the smoothness of the flatwound, and the brightness of a roundwound.

: thanks for your help on this...glenn

Hope this helps!


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