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Posted by Zach on October 08, 2001 at 23:30:11:
In Reply to: Low B Problem? posted by Big Andy on October 03, 2001 at 20:03:59:
A lot of the problem probably has to do with the bass you're using. Not to mean much disrespect, but Squier ain't exactly the cream of the crop in the bass department especially when it comes to low end. Playing a low B through a bass with passive electronics is kinda like trusting a Cesna prop jet to take you cross country. Sure it might be able to make the journey, but most of it will be done on the ground! :-)
My best recommendation is to save up some money and buy a bass that has the following:
1. Active electronics...a 9 volt preamp should do the trick...an 18 volt preamp will probably blow your amp!
2. A longer scale...a standard Fender (or Squier) neck just isn't built to give the low B enough vibration. A 35" scale bass is ideal.
3. A solid neck material...you might want to look for a bass with a maple, purpleheart, wenge, or graphite neck. Not only are these stable woods, but they also enhance tone. You might want to try out both bolt-on and neck-thru models.
4. An acoustically friendly body wood...my personal recommendation here is mahogany, but other good ones include swamp ash, cedar, alder, or zebrawood.
Basically, the heavier the bass, the better tone it will have, and the better low B expressivity you will have. I would recommend looking at Conklin's Groove Tools line, as well as the BTB series from Ibanez, Spector basses, or the Modulus Genesis and Quantum models.
Hope this helps,
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