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Posted by rob (126.96.36.199) on July 31, 2002 at 00:52:15:
In Reply to: Good Bass Sound!! posted by James on July 30, 2002 at 17:38:23:
: Hi. I just got back from Guitar Center where I tested out a few different basses. I've picked up an Ibanez that was about $220 and this thing sounded great! I plugged in, and turned up the knobs, and was in love. What was so awesome is the sound it gave me. (I turned up the 3rd knob on the guitar and got a really nice "pinging" soud) I currently play on a Fender P-Bass, and do not have a 3rd knob, and my bass does not give me that distinctive pinging sound which I am looking for. I then thought it may be the amp, so I picked up a p-bass like the one I own, and I did not get that pinging sound. I then picked up a Fender Jazz Bass (With 3 knobs!) and sure enough, I got the pinging sound I was looking for! My question is: Is the sound that I'm looking for made by the guitar?? What does that 3rd knob do?? Could I make my p-bass any more pingy?? If so, what would I have to do to replace it?
The sound you're hearing is the classic Jazz Bass sound that many of us have come to know and love. The third knob is a tone knob and turning it to the right brings out the treble; the "pinging" is the sound of two jazz pickups - It's a more percussive, better defined sound that you just can't get from a P Bass.
I suppose you could put in a jazz pickup on your current bass, but you'd have to route it for the second pickup, and rewire it; I've known guys who have done that, but I personally think you'd be better off buying a new instrument.
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