Re: Total beginner.

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 03, 2000 at 09:25:31:

In Reply to: Total beginner. posted by Emma on November 02, 2000 at 16:38:56:

: Hi all!

: WOW this board is good!


: Anyway, I've just bought myself a basic Fender Squire affinity p-bass, I'm a total beginner so I guessed I'd better start basic.

Nothing wrong with that; good way to start! :-)

: I'm thinking of building my own amp, does anyone know the frequency ranges I should aim for? Would a sub woofer do the job?

To be honest, I'd wait before trying to build an amp.

Not that you shouldn't try, though; it's simply that the variety of amps available these days is so varied and extensive that it's *much* more likely than not that you'd be able to find one that's almost exactly what you want, unless you're looking for something *extremely* esoteric.

The most critical part of designing and building an amp or speaker cabinet is getting the stuff like porting and resonant frequencies correct. If you have experience building and/or designing speaker cabinets, go for it; if you haven't, you should be able to find a book about speaker design (I don't know of any right offhand that I can recommend, though) or CAD software like Carvin's MacSpeakerz (I think there's a PC equivalent, but not sure) that can help you design it correctly.

A subwoofer would be effective for the lowest frequencies, especially if you're using a 5-string bass, but a good bass amp needs to be capable of reproducing the full range of frequencies that a bass is capable of. Consider this: the classic Ampeg SVT - a *very* bassy amp - used a speaker cabinet with 8 10" speakers, so it's not just a matter of using a subwoofer.

: And I've only ever used roundwound strings, should i try other types? I've heard that flats are better for Rock styles, is this true?

What kind of string you use is mostly a matter of personal preference; flats tend to have kind of a "thumpy" tone, without a lot of brightness to it. The general trend over the time I've been playing bass is towards roundwounds over flats; in fact, back in the mid-to-late 70's, I can remember some bass manufacturers (Rickenbacker, if memory serves) actually having policies that *voided* the warranty if you put roundwounds on!

I'd say that the strings that came with your bass should serve you well for the time being. :-)

: thanks for any answers,

Hope that helps!


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