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gm jack (1)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

So... [UPDATED ON APR15]

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... I just love the tone of my Vampyre, but just couldn't settle on it. Basically, I love the passive tone, but just wanted more bottom. I tried various ratios of the 3 band EQ... the treble was clear but too chattery and harsh, the mid was present but took up too much room, the bass was thick but a bit overly so on the low strings.
 
All sounds beautiful, just not 'it'.
 
I thought... crap... if I could only get that passive tone, just with more bottom.
 
So I turned all bands to flat and turned the bass knob up a bit.
 
Perfection.
 
Fucking hours over days of knob twiddling, playing the same licks at deafening volumes... and all it took was the following of my own fucking directions.
 
It's the perfect combination of my Jazz and my old Corvette with the fidelity and woodiness that only a $6000 bass can provide.
 
Not worth posting in-forum, but I thought some people might find that funny.

EDIT: Well, it seems that I was a bit hasty in posting that last blog, but the ultimate outcome is also worth mentioning. While I liked the tone I was getting with the simple bass boost, I soon realized that, while good, the tone wasn't Fitzy enough. I could just hear the guitars piling on top of it in my head. So, in addition to my healthy bass boost, I added a fair mid boost, and a very, very slight treble boost. That treble boost is so sensitive it's fantastic and just a testament to the detail of sound in a Warwick.
 
Now, it's basically a woodier, Warwickier version of my prized Jazz tone. I'm happy now... until I fart around some more and come up with something again :D
 
However, why is this interesting? Because the EQ curve on my onboard EQs on by basses are mirror images of eachother. On both the Jazz and Warwick, I boost the mids (both spec'd at 500Hz) the same amount. I added a significant bass boost on the Warwick (spec'd at 30Hz) and a very slight bass boost on my Jazz (40Hz). I added a slight treble boost on my Warwick (10kHz), and a huge treble boost on my Jazz (8kHz).
 
The same sound concept, completely opposite EQ curves. It just goes to show you how little the pickups and EQ themselves affect the tone, and a testament to how woods make all the difference.
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gm jack wrote on Apr 14th, 2009 11:50am

It's precisely the reason I leave my EQ flat. No need to mess with it if you don't need to change anything/only want to change it a tiny bit.

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anarkee wrote on Apr 15th, 2009 3:19am

I'm kinda with Jack on this.

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thefitza wrote on Apr 15th, 2009 3:37am

Well, if it weren't for the bass boost I gave it, I'd need some tweakage. Don't be afraid to tweak, but simplify.

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the humanity wrote on Apr 17th, 2009 6:20am

I screw around to taste on my Schecter, my house, where I practice, my church... such varied sounding areas...

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