#1
i want my bass to have a cool clanky tone like frank bello on persistance of time (anthrax) i tryed lowering the action but that just gives me really harsh fret noise. any ideas how i could get a tone like that? i play a p bass btw
#2
Low action and light strings. In your case, you might need to raise the action a touch. You could also detune a bit, to Eb or D.
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and play near the bridge. the closer to the bridge you pick, the more treble you get.

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#4
It hurts, but you force your finger down into the strings near the bridge. Its makes a "fup" sound when you play, and gets a really clanky sound with the right tone
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Change your attack so that your fingers are coming down diagonally onto the strings rather pulling across them, if you get me...I'm not doing a great job of explaining it.
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#6
try use regular light stainless stell strings and use a pick near the bridge...i use this for a clanky tone its good beacuse i can just pick with my fingers near the neck when i want a smoother sound
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#7
Clanky as in early Rise Against clanky?
I agree with Sammcl, hit the strings at a slight angle, so the pick brushes against the notches in the strings, or something like that.
#8
or you could get the steve harris clanky and use three fingers to play and sort of gallop your fingers on the strings. thats how i get a clanky sound
#9
When I started playing bass, I couldnt afford a amp.
So I had to play very hard on the strings with my fingers, so I could what I was playing...
Because of that I have a natural clankyness, or somemat...

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#10
If your amp has a horn driver/tweeter, that should also help give you a clanky sound.
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#11
Instead of pulling the strings across, pull them down so they clank on the fretboard. I like the tone it gives, very precussive.
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Change your attack so that your fingers are coming down diagonally onto the strings rather pulling across them, if you get me...I'm not doing a great job of explaining it.



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Instead of pulling the strings across, pull them down so they clank on the fretboard. I like the tone it gives, very precussive.



Didn't I say that already?
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Didn't I say that already?


I elaborated on your post. You said yourself you didn't explain too well.

I rephrased it and added what you are trying to achieve.

And I couldn't be bothered to go back up the page and check
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