Re: Growl

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Posted by Rob Perl on April 20, 2000 at 11:44:23:

In Reply to: Growl posted by William Shepard on April 19, 2000 at 16:42:27:

: I recently bought an Ibanez SR400 as my first bass. I'm learning as I go along, but find that with all the settings that are possible with the active EQ, I don't find a setting that will give me that nice growl .

: Is there a particular technique that I haven't discovered, or should I be using flatwound strings, or does the amp mak a big difference, or the volumn? I use a Peavey Minx 110 with a 10inch speaker, 35 watts.

: Larry Klein got that sound nicely on TNT in that Joni Mitchell tribute.

: Is it a Fender thing, or can i get it with the SR400? Thanks for your replies. Please cc. me to my Email address too to be sure I see your reply.


Growl is usually a function of midrange boost. I'm not familiar with your Ibanez - if it has a midrange control, turn it up all the way. You also need to turn the midrange up on your amp.
Also, adjust your pickups so that the bridge pickup is louder than the neck pickup, and position your right hand fingers closer to the bridge pickup.
Flatwound strings won't help you - They'll give you a very dead sound. You'll need a roundwound string like Rotosound or Dean Markley Blue Steels for maximum growl.
These are some of the things to make your bass growl. There is a tradeoff, however - the sound that you'll get will be have less bottom, but will have that growl.

Good Luck,


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