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Posted by igl (217.81.216.103) on May 22, 2003 at 17:41:31:

In Reply to: help with new fretless bass posted by Igor on May 13, 2003 at 08:38:46:

: First of all, excuse me for my bad english.
: Im from the Basque Country, north of Spain.
: Ive just bought a mexican fretless jazz bass. I like the sound, i try to emulate jacos sound, jeje,........ok....is not possible.

: Im thinking about to change the pick-ups. Any suggestions for a new set? What do you think about seymour duncans Quarter Pounds?
: And about the strings? it comes with fender flats.
: Ive been playing for 13 years and this is my first fretless bass.
: I wait any suggestions.
: Thanks a lot for this marvellous message board.

: Igor.


hi igor,

the mexican jazz bass fretless is ok for jaco sound. Just change the strings to roundwounds (D`addario xl 045`s). As a suggestion play only the bridge pickup and put highs out with your tone control on the bass. In addition to that you can boost the middle frequencies (about 500 to 800 Hz) on your amp slightly.
But, first of all, the most important thing is PRACTICE. Jaco`s tone came 100% out of his fingers, he would have had this tone with every fucking bass. And he played acoustic amps, which are, compared to today`s amps, TERRIBLE, believe me. I think you really don`t have to change pickups of your bass. If you think you have to, take original fender vintage jazz bass usa replacement pickups, nothing else.

best whiches and good luck

igl



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