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Postby Damocles74 on Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:01 pm

not necessarily 'Vintage' or 'retro' but Old,(as in gear/cabs/amp of the time).How do I achieve this warm 70's bass tone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJTC_sX5cxs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZYLq7qg7v0&feature=channel_page
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Postby poorboy on Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:55 pm

Precision bass and a B-15.
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Postby Painterman on Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:21 pm

Yep. You really can't go wrong w/ a B15 and a good fender precision.
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Postby Damocles74 on Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:52 pm

I've got the P-bass with flatwounds,Ampeg SVT tube amp but no cabs yet.Do you mean B15 as in Ampeg 15" speaker cab??

What do you all think of (folded) horn cabinets and (vintage?) PICKUPS as it applies to the tone I want???
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Postby Damocles74 on Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:02 am

Wow,you guys weren't kidding!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zoxxzpe2zo&feature=related

Exactly what I was looking for,thanks!!
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Re: Old tones

Postby The Golden Boy on Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:05 pm

I can't see the Youtube links...

But a really nifty thing to get that 60s/70s tone is to roll off your tone, both on the instrument and the treble off the amp and stick a foam mute under the strings-

I used an old neoprene mousepad and a wrist pad for the mutes.

On the Jazz I used a piece of wrist pad, but cut it too thin, stuck another piece in there to shim it up and get a better idea of how tall it needed to be- I have a better piece that I use now.

On the T-Bird, you can see that I just took a section of the mousepad and stuck it on the bridge.

Neither are held on by anything but the strings.

It takes some getting used to- I generally like that bright, ring-y sound- so this is a HUGE change, not just in tone, but the way the whole thing feels, but you really get a sense of how well it works once you're playing with people...

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Re: Old tones

Postby Damocles74 on Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:44 pm

Huh, it's worth a shot.Thanx!
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