#1
So I have a nice Cort P-bass copy and I put in some Dimarzio DP122 pickups and new Ernie Ball strings... but it still doesn't sound like a proper precision bass. Either I get a lot of low end or just a bunch of mid-high tones by tuning the tone. What could I do to improve my sound? Thanks.
#2
What are you playing through?

And what is a proper precision bass sound?
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#3
Sounds like one of a few things.

1. Rattly low action.
2. Poor (or too aggressive) technique.
3. Shitty amp / preamp.
4. Possibly a duff capacitor on the tone pot.

People mod precision basses a lot but, besides getting a chunkier bridge for sustain and balance, very little will actually noticeably change the tone. "Tone comes from your fingers" is truest with precision basses.
#4
The Model P is pretty middy and it doesn't react well to the tone control IME.

EDIT:Try a 500k pot on the volume and 250k tone pot it's a pretty common setup with the Model P.
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#5
Sakke: Well you know, a P sound...right now it just sound muffled.

I use a Fender Rumble 30w which I think should do the job? Cause my other bass sounds fine.
My action is higher because I play some harder genres. And yes, I do play with a pick. I could try brand new wiring though.
#6
Have you sat down and spent some time messing with the eq settings on your practice amp? If you have the bass cranked up over everything else on a dinky amp (or any I suppose) you're sure to have a flubby sound.

How close to the bridge do you pick? You'll get more definition closer to the bridge. How far is the pickup from the E and A strings? If it's too close to those lower strings, it may contribute to a boomy, muddy sound.
#7
Yeah I messed around with the EQ a lot, tried some suggestions from the internet too. Here is a little recording I did today, bass and treble at 12 o'clock...mids at 3 o'clock, tone on bass on max. CLICK FOR SOUND The pickups are halfway to the strings. Also, the low E strings sounds really just a bunch of low end (and no it's not bad strings, third set in already). And yeah I always play between the bridge and pickup.
#8
Those strings are just dead. No mods needed. I'd recommend some nickel rounds, Elites if you can find them. Some here swear by Roto 66s but I find stainless steel to be too rough on your fingers and they go dead way too soon.

(Besides that, it's a pretty good P Bass sound.)
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Those strings are just dead. No mods needed. I'd recommend some nickel rounds, Elites if you can find them. Some here swear by Roto 66s but I find stainless steel to be too rough on your fingers and they go dead way too soon.

(Besides that, it's a pretty good P Bass sound.)


I agree on the stainless steel thing, but you can get Rotos in nickel - no problems with longevity either.
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#11
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My low E string sounds bad even when the strings were brand new, tried Fenders, Ernie Balls...

EB and Fender strings tend to die fast IMO.

Try DR Sunbeams or Nickel Lo-Riders.
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