Posted by Michael on July 30, 2000 at 07:36:20:
In Reply to: acoustic bass amplification posted by Kyle on July 21, 2000 at 01:44:06:
I've read through the replies to your question and I tend to agree with Ed. You have probably realised that the best sound you can get from your instrument is always when it is played accousticaly, therefore it is important to avoid using amplification as often as possible. I've spent many hours playing nothing only the open G string at 60 beats pre minute, concentrating on producing the best quality sound I can get from the instrument and on vairying degrees of volume. I assure you that if you practice this excersize for 10 or 15 minutes a day your sound will improve immensely in just a few weeks. Also, as Ed mentioned, the left hand is just as important when it comes to producing a quality tone from your bass. From my own experience, working with the bow can help greatly in this area as it takes more effort and accuracy on the part of the left hand to produce a good tone when playing arco. Also, try playing through some tunes at 60 beats per minute, or slower, and concentrating on your left hand work.
As far as amplification is concerned you should check out the "realist" pickup which is available at www.davidgage.com. I use this along with a GK MB150S and have absolutely no need for a pre amp. If anything I generelly end up taking the low end down on the amplifier. The day I fitted it I plugged it into the amp and turned up the volume slightly. I thought there was something wrong with eather the amp or the pickup. I turned the amp up a bit louder and realised that it was working alright and that the sound coming from the amp was identical to the sound I get from my instrument.
As Ed said, experimenting with sound can be a costly persuit; new strings, pickups, bridges, sound post adjustment, amplifiers, the list is endless. Find someone with an obsession for these things and borrow his cast offs, but keep working on your accoustic sound.
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