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Re: The right strings for Ampeg Baby bass por latino musica???

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Posted by Jiffy on February 01, 2002 at 17:35:42:

In Reply to: The right strings for Ampeg Baby bass por latino musica??? posted by wanna-be-salsa on January 29, 2002 at 19:00:33:

: Any suggestions on the brand or type of strings to get, for
: an ampeg baby bass, to play a fat tumbao?!?!?

For the required punch, I prefer steel strings overall (Thomastik Spiros and D'Addario Helicore Hybrids work very well) for my BB.

The other ingredients to get a fat tumbao out of a real BB are:

1) Setting the action higher.
2) Check your pick-up adjusters and adjust the magnet-diaphragm distance if necessary. A distance of 1/32" works well. You'd be amazed at how much more punch you can get.
3) Use an outboard bass preamp like a Fishman or a Sadowsky.
4) Experiment with your right hand's angle of attack and how you pluck the strings. I've found that a balance of hard attack with a quick release gives a nice fat result. If I just "touch" the strings with my fingertips the sound is thin. If you dig in too hard with your index finger, a la Charles Mingus, you can kill the punch and sustain. So, get all your volume/tone settings equal and check out which level of attack gives the most volume and punch.

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