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Posted by Mickster on February 14, 2001 at 08:24:35:

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!!

Allastair, you will NEVER get a soft tone from a pick. Picks are for cutting
through, and for a "lively" sound. If you want a soft type tone here's what'll
1) Use your fingers.
2) Play over the end of the neck.
3) Use flatwound strings.
4) Adjust tone control to your liking.

Also, when sound engineers record basses, they have a dozen tricks they can do
to alter the sound from plugging directly into the board to custom effects some
of us haven't even heard about, so you shouldn't compare your bass' sound to
your favorite bass player's sound. I used to do this and it used to drive me nuts.

Hope this helped,

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