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"bald to the bone"
May 29th, 2016 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't care for it. I suppose it "fits" in some songs of a certain genre. Maybe I just don't care for the sort of music for which it is appropriate.

I don't much like bass played with a pick either. Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon. That You Tube clip I stumbled over the other day wherein Noel Redding sounded atrocious playing fuzz bass live with Hendrix didn't help to change my opinion, that's for sure.




Bass is the place . . .
May 29th, 2016 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm another grizzled vet, and I'm with you on both counts.

I might even take it a step further. I can't remember the last time I played bass with any sort of effects.

Maybe it was 20 years ago, when I used to have a rather silly "bass solo."

Sigh . . . too old, I guess . . .

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When I sin

I sin real good
May 30th, 2016 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea when it fits.

There's nothing else like it when it works.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

May 30th, 2016 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fuzz bass is like onions: delicious in some dishes (steak and potatoes, etc.), and horrible in others (e.g., apple pie and ice cream).



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
May 30th, 2016 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Used to use a little fuzz on a couple of songs like 'Spirit in the Sky', but do like a chorus that can be adjusted to the high frequencies. I have an old Crate bass amp that I can adjust for the high frequencies of the bass strings. It is a BT350, and it has something like a electronic x-over that you can tailor the when the chorus is present. Nice effect, especially on slow songs. A mood enhancer. Also has an bi-amp x-over so when bi-amping you can make the chorus be more present in the 2X10's cab and leave the low frequencies alone, so they don't become mushy and unintelligible.
Haven't looked or seen a chorus unit that does this, but if you find one that is able to select and tailor the effect, I would grab it quickly! A very nice 'spacial' effect.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
May 30th, 2016 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on the genre. For Apocalyptic Death Metal, it's a big yea.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
May 30th, 2016 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can't remember ever using one, seems I must have though back in the 60s, if I did it was tune specific. I did use a waw waw peddle but never for the effect, it gave me better tone control than the two tone knobs on the Framus.

Never used a pick except when I was in Mike Hertel's band in the early 90s. We covered rock tunes with machine gun rapid bass lines that fatigued my fingers, so every once in awhile I would use a pick to give my hand a rest.

When I started playing bass I used a bow. The schools system in Weisbaden Germany didn't have an orchestra so no more string bass and I laughed at the guy when he offered me the tuba in a marching band, I was a little arrogant fool in those days, I though I knew what I wanted. Anyhow when I did get my first bass, the Framus, I started playing with my thumb because the finger anchor was on the treble side of the strings. Soon after I started using the pickups as thumb anchors,

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May 30th, 2016 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Haven't looked or seen a chorus unit that does this, but if you find one that is able to select and tailor the effect, I would grab it quickly! A very nice 'spacial' effect. "

The old Boss Hi-Band stuff did this and left the low end intact.

I have their IMO best iteration in the venerable Boss ME-6B (which I also keep for the obscene synth filters that were my friend in a decade+ of live gigs on guitar and bass).


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
May 31st, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Always used my fingers for best expression on bass- but have to remind myself that Macca always (?) used a pick....

as for Fuzz bass, I think the Freshness Expiration date had passed after 1967.

OldFartThinkForYourselfBassplayer Walt


New York City

May 31st, 2016 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only heard it work effectively in recordings. "Think For Yourself" by the Beatles was the first time I ever heard it and remains definitive IMO.

I tried various pedals. Had a Mutron auto-wah box that was fun but never could get a consistent response out of it. Fuzz, EQ, echo, chorus, all are fun effects on bass. Ultimately I prefer a clean simple straight in signal, 1 cable, that's it.

martin p.

Westbury NY

I am never unintentionally rude
May 31st, 2016 10:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I worked in a loud rock band back in the late 70's early 80's, and I would send the signal it to an SVT and to a twin reverb through a big muff.
awesome tone, with plenty of booty.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Jun 1st, 2016 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fuzz bass seems to work best in measured doses and certain songs. I don't normally associate fuzz bass with heavy music or metal. That tone to me is more overdrive / distortion. Fuzz is, well, more "fuzzy"! When I think of fuzz bass I think of Larry Graham using it with Sly Stone and GSS. I do use overdrive / distortion effects on a number of cover songs. Got one pedal set up for SVT type tube tone and another for Dusty Hill type Marshall overdrive. Good stuff!

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Jun 2nd, 2016 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a Nay for me



Jun 14th, 2016 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use it on "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; we're one guitar, one bass, drums, vocals, it fills some space. I just dime the overdrive on my Yorkville 400 and select much treble, not much low end for the pickups and tone. I like it percussive, so use a pick on those songs, unlike most songs.

JPJ used both a pick and finger techniques; so did Entwhistle although not much picking (other than My Generation not sure what he ever used a pick on). Lemmy seems to have used a combination of fingers, fingernails, whole hand and clawhammer banjo style while turned up to 11. Sting uses his thumb. Geddy has magic fingers. Whatever works for the context and talent of the player, I say.



Aug 19th, 2016 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I spent several years in a band with two guitars both playing through silver face twins. I had a blackface bassman, it sounded like a plough. Give me a big solid state amp and I'm happy.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 19th, 2016 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Never used either. Never wanted to.




Fender power to the people!
Aug 20th, 2016 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I suppose I would use it if I saw a need.
So far, I haven't seen the need.
I will use a pick once in a great while If I am playing something that obviously was first recorded with a pick.


Aug 20th, 2016 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would have given you a definite and resounding NO but then I heard...




Do'in the 5 string thing!
Sep 2nd, 2016 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yowser - that's some nasty tone right there! You can get real close to that with a SABDDI with the gain near max, and a Jazz Bass. More OD than fuzz really, but it sounds great!

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Sep 2nd, 2016 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

No thanks!

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