#1
My drummers bass, which i use every once in a while, sounds like it has a very strong compression on it, like around 5:1, only theres no compression in the signal path and the amp doesn't have a built in compression. It starts right after the initial attack. Any ideas on what could be causing it and how to fix it?
#2
Is it electric. If yes try turning down the bass eq. If it's acoustic try loosing or tightening the heads. Sorry if i can't help that much i'm not really the person to ask on that.
#3
Tried it in a different amp? It might be on it's way out.

Guitar might have its own 'brickwall' as well (so it doesn't clip).
#4
I don't think its the EQ but I'll check the connections when i see it again. And why would a bass have a 'brickwall' the poweramp and pre-amp sections are the areas that clip not the bass?
#5
The problem seems to be in the EQ. I doubt it's a built in compression unit, because generally you would know about that. It might be a clip protection type of thing, but it wouldn't do anything like what you're describing. I think the problem might be that you're cutting your mids and you're just experiencing a hollow tone.
#6
I don't think it has to do with a hollow tone, it sounds exactly like a compressor, but I'll try boosting the mids more. I know it's not a built in compression because its a starter bass, and if it helps anyone it's a Yamaha RBX 170.
#8
Quote by hippiebass
I don't think its the EQ but I'll check the connections when i see it again. And why would a bass have a 'brickwall' the poweramp and pre-amp sections are the areas that clip not the bass?


If they were active pickups it would make sense if there was a limiter, although unusual.

I can't say much except to try it in a different amp and see what happens.
Last edited by Mr_Pleb_Mgoo at Apr 25, 2008,
#9
I've used it wth a Hartke B600 which i know doesn't have a compressor and a yamaha something power amp.