Poll: How often do you change your tone?
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View poll results: How often do you change your tone?
Every song. Each song needs a different tone to match it
22 29%
Once in a while to not at all. Most songs you can use pretty much the same thing
53 71%
Voters: 75.
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#1
I was just wondering what the average bassist does with this. Are you the kind of person where every other song you are fiddling with the tone and your band has to wait on you because you need it to be juuuust perfect? Or are you the bassist who makes their own pretty much 'master' tone that you use for just about any song?


Since I got my MIM Jazz and my Sansamp I have turned into the guy the band waits on because I'm changing my tone for every song and I need it to be just perfect.
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#2
It stays the same fr the most part, sometimes during a song I'll put on the phaser if it works.
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#3
When i sit at home I like to mess around with my settings. But when i play in a group I usually just set it flat and pump up the volume so that its audible.
#4
I change it every time I pick up my bass. I'd like nothing more than to be able to have EQ presets built into a pedal. A usual feature of my tone is boosting the mids to cut through the mix BUT with my new ATK I've found I can get a tasty tone by using a metal/slap tone (treble + bass boost, mids cut) but I'd get drowned out if I used it in anything other than solos and fills.
#5
It depends on what you mean by "changing the tone". I tweak mine to match each song, but only little adjustments.
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#6
Well, I add distortion when needed. Otherwise, I keep my amp the same (Bass a bit past 5, mid between six and seven, and treble a bit past eight), and then just change the pickup volumes and change the tone knob a bit where it fits, but other than that, I keep it the same; I'm not generally percise about it, just the slight changes to make me feel like I did something.
#7
Sober edit: I already found tone i love so rarely change it.
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#8
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I play 5 string in standard tuning, so in general i don't need to change tone, i can play most of things without changing tuning.


Wait... what?
#9
I change my tone a lot. Not too much changing with EQ on the amp, my bass eq is always bass/treble cranked to get a hot sound, I have an eq pedal for big changes during songs. And I move my pickup selector around a lot.
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#10
Quote by C0_0kie
I play 5 string in standard tuning, so in general i don't need to change tone, i can play most of things without changing tuning.

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Normally I change mine for every song Although I do try to hurry it up if everyones waiting on meh.
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#12
i keep one tone that sounds the sweetest to my ears. it's achieved through various amp settings, and external EQ-ing. for different songs, i'll swap guitars and mess with the volume/tone on the guitar.

the above applies also for clean sounds dialled-in separately.
#14
I have 3 presets, a Trebble tone a Bassy fretless tone and a Distortion solo tone. I flip between them depending song.
I also change pickups on the fly.
There is a song I wrote when I change tones 4 times and change basses once.
#15
When im playing live i'll usually have a set EQ on the amp and then just fiddle around with the tone knob on my bass every song, if i see fit.
If it's just practise or i'm on my own i like to fiddle when i get tired of the jam i have going on. If that makes sense.
#16
I don't touch the tone knob on the bass or mess with the controls on the amp. The tone on my bass is always cranked all the way up, and everything on the amp is set in the middle (call me a noob if you want, but that's just the way I like the sound).
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#17
I wouldn't say every song, but I like different tones for different genres and I listen to some diverse stuff I guess. Lots of tones
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#18
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#19
I have a tone that i use all the time. On my own everything's flat, when I'm playing with people I'll crank the bass knob on my bass's preamp.

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#20
I've worked out a 'standard' tone that works with pretty much everything I play. I'd then add effects, slight changes, boost the low end, add subharmonics, and so on, but it's pretty much based on the standard sound.

Then I got a new bass. Need to work out that standard again. :p
#21
I'm a tweaker.

I constantly mess around with tone. midsong, presong, whenever.
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#22
I found a tone that I like and I usually keep to it but I'll tweak every now and then. When I do tweak I'll spend like thirty minutes and oly adjust like half a notch.
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#23
I tend to set it to how I like it on my amp and usually I don't change it but as my bass as a 2 band eq I usually mess about with the bass/treble on that to get the best tone for the song, saves time messing with the amp and also means I can still have the various possibilities.
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#24
whenever i pick up a different guitar. all of mine sound different.
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#25
i play passive. set the EQ almost entirely flat with a slight tweak in the high end for some growl. never change it.
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#26
I dont really have a good idea on either how i like my tone to be ... or really how to get it in most cases.

So, a while ago i ended up discovering a tone which i liked while practicing with the band i'm in and i wrote it down cause i was scared about the knobs getting a bit tweaked during a drive.

The only thing i do now is maybe mess with the drive knob for the lulz.
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#27
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whenever i pick up a different guitar. all of mine sound different.

Isn't that the idea? Why bother having different instruments if you change the settings on your amp to make them sound the same?

Or did I misunderstand your post?
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#28
Quote by ScottB.
Isn't that the idea? Why bother having different instruments if you change the settings on your amp to make them sound the same?

Or did I misunderstand your post?


well i have to tweak my amp settings when i change guitars generally too. yea they all have their own inherent tone, but i have to do some EQing to make them each sound "good" to me. and even though i thought i'd memorized the settings for each guitar i still find myself tweaking FOREVER.
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#29
I leave my amp alone usually, with all the bands in moderation. I know my bass really well though, so I can change my tone to one well-matched with the song in a second or two. I can't play the Lemon Song with the same tone I use for Canned Heat. Heathens!
#30
Quote by konfyouzd
well i have to tweak my amp settings when i change guitars generally too. yea they all have their own inherent tone, but i have to do some EQing to make them each sound "good" to me. and even though i thought i'd memorized the settings for each guitar i still find myself tweaking FOREVER.

most people for get too readily how much venues change the sound. that's why you always are tweaking.
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#31
I usually keep a mental log of a few different basic tones that I like on each of my basses, and pick according to the song. The one exception is my Spector, which I almost always have both pups turned all the way up with the EQ flat, though occasionally I'll boost the upper mids or lows a smidge. I've found that that tone works for just about everything. When I pluck right in between the pickups, it cuts through really well but still has some low end to it. I almost always keep my amp EQ completely flat, but that's partly because the 3 band eq on my amp at home (Yorkville XM100, I think) sucks, especially the mids. Boosting the mids at all makes the bass sound terrible IMO.
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#33
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I can't play the Lemon Song with the same tone I use for Canned Heat. Heathens!

genius!

i too, am a tweaker. not too much the amp, but the knobs on the bass get used alot.
#35
I change it a lot. For some songs I get a nice deep bassy tone, for others I'll give it more high end and less bass. It doesn't take me long to change it though as I have a good idea of where to put the knobs and just roll with whatever tone I get.
#36
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genius!

i too, am a tweaker. not too much the amp, but the knobs on the bass get used alot.

the bass is usually all you need for a good tweakin.


I got your years of experience to prove it :P
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#37
i didnt vote, because answer is somewhere in between. I generally create a tone that i really like, i change it as my style changes, and then if a certain song feels like it demands a little more of a certain flair, ill make a little tweak just for that song
#38
I would say that is considered once in a while to not at all, which is the 2nd choice
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#39
only when needed. doesnt vary much anyways i dont use a lot of effects
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#40
Very rarely.

I pretty much have 2 tones on my electric. Funk, and everything else. And I can switch the settings completely from my bass. I love on active pre amps

I havent touched my amps EQ in months
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