Well doing a 2 week prison stretch atm (politicians put the spin on it and call it quarantine). Luckily I’ve got my P Bass with flatwound La Bellas. I’ve been meaning to ask this since pretty much the start about getting the sounds right. (I’ll cut n paste into the forums as well). I know I can’t get the sound like the recording but to me anything I play on the D and G strings sounds a bit tinny to me. Atm I’m just playing into my Vox Amplug but at home I’ve got an SWR 400 (good old Californian Amp). At this stage I don’t use any pedals. I suppose knowing the correct question to ask is probably the hardest thing but where do I start to try and a little more whoomp on the notes? Btw I can get a nicer sound if I use my thumb.
on a P you can adjust the “treble coil”, the part of the pickup dedicated to the D and G strings. with the 4 screws of the pickup you can adjust individually the height of the magnets and coils relative to each string. that’s what you should try first IMO
Thanks for that…would you know which way to go to give a deeper tone? I should read up on it a bit
Bringing them closer to the string will increase the volume of the tone.
Have you tried simply rolling off the tone knob a bit?
What gauges are your strings? Maybe you could try a set of “fatter” strings?
Tried that as well. Still not what i was after
Only thelight ones at this stage. I’m bit worried about going to the high voltage cables at this stage… Would a Mim handle them? I know id need a new set up
The string gauge is important for tone on a guitar but way less on a bass, in my opinion. even very light bass strings are still huge, regarding the impact on a magnetic field.
If it sounds better with his thumb maybe it’s simply plucking technique?
it seems way more realistic to me than a string gauge issue
That’scwhat I’m leaning towrds as well. Maybe angle the fingers a bit more to get more meat on the string…
Yeah try moving your thumb anchor point to rest on the A string so you can pluck with your fingers more perpendicular to the guitar.
Could simply be an intonation thing. Take it to a pro. They will restring it, adjust the truss rod, adjust the action, pickup height, check for loose wires bad soldering, etc…anywhere from $50-$100 depending on the music store you take it to.
Thanks for all the advice. Got a few things to work on…and I thinkt the big high voltage cables are on the list. I’m more into the older rock n roll so not gonna do any slap