I had the chance to compare those basses side-to-side. Here is a list of significant differences that I have observed. Mind you: This list is highly subjective and might differ from bass to bass as well. PropertyDecisivePro IIAO '60sWeight⭐️LightHeavyNeck⭐️Comfortable, just rightToo wide, uncomfortableNeck diveNoneModerateSoundTight bassLow-mid orientedBurpyLess trebleBassyBass + Low-mid orientedLess burpMore trebleString balance⭐️GreatAverageColorEye-catching, sparkly optionsClassic … Continue reading Fender American Professional II Precision vs American Original ’60s Precision
My tool of choice to solve such problems is using a parametric EQ pedal. I have an Empress ParaEQ, but you can pick any model you like. Here is how it goes: Set the frequency knob to an average position - like 500Hz.Set the Q narrow.Turn up the volume of that frequency (500Hz) very loudly.Start … Continue reading How to tame boomy bass frequencies on live gigs
I had the chance to test this stunningly beautiful bass for a couple of hours, through multiple amps with different cab sizes. I'd like to share my opinions. Keep in mind that wood is not consistent - two instruments with the same brand & model may differ wildly. Another Pro-II P bass might be better … Continue reading Fender American Professional II Precision Bass Review
Guitar / bass players like to fill their boards with fun & creative pedals. However; some vital utility pedals are often ignored and this may cause a lot of audio problems. Here is a list of some pedals you might not know that you needed desperately. Buffers Passive instruments typically have high impedance signals - … Continue reading Unsung hero effect pedals
I'll try to answer this question by putting my current music life under the spotlight. Here is a list of my recent bands, and how good my alternative basses match them. Scores BandStyleP with flatsP with nickelsJ with steelsAkın EldesAcoustic123Cenk SoyakPower Trio123Istanbul Funk UnitFunk132Jozi LeviLatin/Jazz321MinzenAmbient123Özge EstekinSoul/Jazz321PinyataPop/Rock231TushePop/Rock231 Let's summarize the scores. SubjectP with flatsP with nickelsJ … Continue reading Why we own multiple guitars
Introduction This ancient question is asked occasionally; and the answers vary wildly. Some claim that a bigger/thicker neck correlates to a bigger/stronger sound, while others claim that neck profile doesn't affect the sound at all. So, what is the truth? Theory one: Neck profile affects the sound, and some people don't hear it because their … Continue reading Does neck profile affect bass sound?
If you need to go over compression basics, check this article first. This article is a subjective comparison of two prominent bass compressor pedals. The content below is mostly subjective; so I won't bother typing "this is just my opinion", "YMMV", etc. after every other sentence. Consider them applied. Both compressors offer similar functionality; such … Continue reading Cali76 Compact Bass vs Hyper Luminal
Human ear can hear sounds between (roughly) 20Hz and 20KHz. And it is not objective; we hear some frequencies better than others - typically the mids. Generally speaking (ignoring artistic philosophies and whatnot); humans like to hear a full spectrum in a song where all frequencies between 20Hz and 20KHz are occupied and the volumes … Continue reading What’s wrong with scooping the mids of your bass?
Harmonic Booster is one of my instant favorites. It acts as an exciter + (optional) EQ + (optional) scoop pedal, all at once. I mainly keep everything flat and use it as an exciter to emphasize the upper harmonics of my bass; really opens up the sound nicely. My octave + overdrive pedals love it … Continue reading DarkGlass Harmonic Booster on 18v
In this post, I will review the features to consider when picking a bass string; ordered by significance. I will mark my personal favorites with a star. Features Winding Ordered from darkest to brightest; WindingSoundSuitable forTape-WoundDarkestDub, reggae, upright simulationFlat-WoundLess top-end, more bottom-endVintage, motown, R&B, blues, jazz, post-modern indieHalf-WoundHalf-RoundGround-WoundFlat-Wound plus some top endORRound-wound minus some top … Continue reading Bass String Features