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Posted by Pat Harrington on February 14, 2001 at 19:22:37:

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!!

>>>> Hi Allastair,

Nothing wrong at all with using a pick. If you develop the proper technique
and get your sound dialed in, you can play as well as anybody. Try the
Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds on that P-Bass, you'll be pleased I'm sure.
They're a bit more expensive than most strings but they'll last a good
long time, and the sound and feel is the best of any flat wound made.
Check out Carol Kaye's website at she has the Thomastik
flats there for sale at discount prices, as well as numerous pick lessons
and tips.

Pat H

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