#1
i play a G&L L2500 through a fairly decent peavy amp. Im currently using ernie ball slinky 45-130 strings. I was wondering if there is any way to get a bright and clean tone? ive used flatwounds and its super clean but way too mellow. I play in a functions band so versatility is key (though i wont play with a pick on this bass, thats just wrong)

if anybody knows how to get the cleaness of flatwounds without loosing the brightness of my bass, it would be great to know.
#2
how is a pick wrong?

dont be closed minded. if a pick ends up sounding better for what you play, then use one.
My Rig:
Yamaha RBX 375 bass
Peavey Millenium BXP bass (won at Summer Slaughter 2010, signed by all the bands)
Eden Nemesis NC410 320w combo amp
Check out Tyrannicide, my death/thrash metal band:
http://www.myspace.com/tyrannicidemetal
#3
this bass just doesnt sound great with a pick. i use a pick almost exclusively with my fender because that one sounds awesome with it. the G&L just has a strange thumpy and hollow tone with a pick but has just great fingerstyle tones (plus it feels awesome)
#4
oh, ok then.

umm, try boosting high mids and cut the bass+low mids a bit?
My Rig:
Yamaha RBX 375 bass
Peavey Millenium BXP bass (won at Summer Slaughter 2010, signed by all the bands)
Eden Nemesis NC410 320w combo amp
Check out Tyrannicide, my death/thrash metal band:
http://www.myspace.com/tyrannicidemetal
#5
tried it; it definately helped, but i want a more bell-like high end (really clear ring) and i found that boosting the high mids gave me an almost guitar like sound
#6
Try different strings. I've never been a huge fan of the Ernie Balls, especially not for those nice clear sounds. I recommend a set of stainless steel rounds (as opposed to the nickle-plated slinkies) like D'Addario or Rotosound. They will be very bright at first, but as they mellow out they'll definitely settle into a nice clear sound.
#7
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
D'Addario
+1. D'Addarios are awesome.
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