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Posted by glenn on April 09, 2001 at 15:01:40:

I'm a bassist in a death metal band with a double-bass drummer and 2 other guitarists. each guitarist has a pair of 100w all-tube heads driving four 4x12 cabs. needless to say, they play loud. with the loud distorted guitars and our heavy-hitting drummer with bright cymbals, my bass is getting buried when we jam and play live

right now I'm using an Ashley mosfet bass preamp, an AB Systems 500w solid-state power amp, and a pair of DeCuir 4x12 bass cabs loaded with Cerwin-Vega bass drivers. what are your opinions on this rig? what type of improvements could I make to help bring my bass from under the guitar onslaught?

I'm really happy with the tone that I get. I play with a pick on flatwounds and get an awesome fat tone that's really warm despite there being no tubes in any of my gear. would a more powerful power amp and different cabs be the answer? or should I scrap my rig and start over?

one thing- I know that it's unusual for a metal bassist to be using flatwounds, but like I said, I play with a pick, and I absolutely hate the sound of a pick on roundwounds. it's too clangy and harsh for my ears. I do pump up the treble on my Ashley preamp to give me some presence, but I think my problem lies in power and volume. what do you think?

thanks for your help on this...glenn



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