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Volume at 9? Who knew it

Michele C.

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I have a J style passive bass, the one on the right if you are curious. Full mahogany jacket.




The pickups are made by the artisan that built it (he says he was inspired by Lindy Fralin).

The circuit is basic: volume, volume, tone.

I always have set one of the volumes at 10 and blended the other to taste.

Tonight I fortuitously had the bridge at 9 and the neck at 8 and it sounded fantastic and growly. Moving the prevalent pickup at full volume made the sound honky, while rolling it back just a little made my sound slightly scooped and very solid.

I never noticed this thing in years. Is it an illusion, or it happens with all J basses? Going to try it out tomorrow evening.

-- Michele Costabile (http://proxybar.net)
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I've done something similar with my P bass- back off the volume to 8-9 range and was surprised by the sound.


I originally did it to give myself a little headroom from the sound man to sneakily bump things up if the sound guy dials me back too much. in doing so, I was surprised that the volume didn't really change but the tone fattened out a little bit and had a nice smooth sound to it.


It was a different sound than rolling the tone off, definitely useable. I have to remember to try that again...

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On my P/J FrankenFender I like neck at 80% and bridge at 20% when practicing at home. That is the sound I really like BUT, when playing with my band, I have to go to off on the neck and 100% on the brige and tone very much full on. If not, The amp is very muddy and I can barely hear myself. (Damn guitarists!)


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Get a P Bass(a REAL P bass, not one of those bastardized suckers with a J p/up in the bridge) and leave it all the way up all the time.

With round wound strings , pretty much the easiest bass sound in the world to manage with the fingers.






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That's why I want a P-Bass, fits to any style, and the tone are all in the fingers, what you play is what you hear.


I love my J, but sometimes I think it is smarter than I am.

"Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.'-Hamlet


Guitar solos last 30 seconds, the bass line lasts for the whole song.



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Thank you Bid Daddy, I think you nailed it. My Yamaha has something wrong in its input. It hums noticeably when I raise my highs and I cure that putting any buffer between bass and amp, including a not true bypass pedal. Obviously no problems with an active bass.


Yes, Rocky I am in the same boat: cured the problem going along the lines of what Bryan Beller presents this month. My guitarist is 90% of the time fully distorted (a nasty red Crunch Box). This includes pickups at 100%.

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