Re: how do they get that sound?

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Posted by Datsgor on November 16, 2000 at 10:05:48:

In Reply to: how do they get that sound? posted by Ramsey on November 15, 2000 at 23:00:15:

: hey

: I got a question about tone...or maybe technique.

: How do fingerstyle bassists get that real "clanky" piano-like sound? is it technique, pickups, strings, EQ settings, effects...?

: I'm not talking about slapping or popping. what I'm talking about is fingerstyle playing, yet it sounds real percussive like a pick. am I nuts here or what? :)

: for an example, there's an old metal song by the group Anthrax called "Caught in a Mosh" that has the exact bass tone I'm talking about. the bassist of this band, Frank Bello, plays fingerstyle, but his tone sounds like he's hammering on piano strings lol sorry cant think of a better way to describe it

: thanks

Hey, My sound has been described as sounding like a piano....but only when i use one particular bass. Let me describe it and then you decide. It has a walnut body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard. the electronics are carvin jazz configuration and I use GHS Boomers med. The clanky piano sound gets commented on mostly when I hit the notes over the fingerboard(It give it a really percussive sound) I have heard in the past of Carvin basses sounding piano"ish" so I'm figuring its the electronics. Like I said, thats the only bass where I get those comments. Too bad for me though because the walnut body is now gutless out in my garage and the pickups are in a fretless jazz bass i put together once in a while..... oh well....peace......john

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