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Posted by Todd Baker on March 02, 2001 at 10:46:07:
In Reply to: Pickups Transducers posted by Freddie V. Smith on March 02, 2001 at 01:22:29:
..................If you`re just starting out on 2x bass I recomend that you first try to develop a sound without amplification...You can always amplify your axe later on but if you develop a playing style that relies primarily on a pickup/amp combo to produce "your" sound you may likely be beholden to that arrangement forever.....Remember that the greats of Jazz bass began their careers using only mikes to amplify - Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden and others use modern amp set-ups now but posess a unique, natural sound that is truly their own and is an integral part of their musical identity....Too many modern bassists, in their eagerness to have a "big sound" and impressive chops, end up sounding like a bad fretless Fender bass, having to rely on their pickup/amp even on low volume situations.....Remember that many of the top younger bassists (Christian McBride, Ben Wolfe, etc.) have developed great acoustic sounds - not coincidental to their success....Also, you`ll be able to make optimum use of some of the high-tech microphones now available and when you use a pickup (the most "natural sounding ones are the ones that take sonic info from the body of the bass as well as the bridge; the "Realist" and the Schertler come to mind) you`ll retain some honesty and individuality in your sound....Good luck...
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