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Old 4th February 2009
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piano-like bass sound

how to achieve this kind of sound with a bass guitar?
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as far as getting a recorded tone I have no idea other than to have a pianistic sound to begin with. so I'm thinking the bass should be:

long scale

freshly woundround strung - I like rotosound for this tone but expensive and only lasts a few days

neck thru may help with sustain, and non humbucking pickups seem more appropriate. and active somtimes helps, sometimes not
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A metal nut actually helps this, it makes your fretted notes sound more like open notes IMO. Also, hi-end instruments generally do this sound better...better sustain come with better woods, better parts, better pickups. I consider this a more expensive tone than something like a P-Bass tone. I think active pickups help get to this tone faster IMO. I have a Ken Smith BSR 5 string that does this quite well. Also experiment with picks and w/o picks with the instrument that you have now, I would consider with a pick more of a piano sound myself though.

For some this is like trying to descripe purple to a blind person though so you are probably just going to have to put in the time checking out instruments that get you there. Good luck...
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Rickenbacker 4001 with Roto-Sounds

You can also double the root notes with a piano for recording.
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+1 for new rotosound strings
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Quote:
Originally Posted by matskull ➑️
+1 for new rotosound strings
+1. And that sound only lasts for 3-4 days, tops.
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It's best to not use Roto-Sounds all the time to avoid premature fret wear.

The only thing I hate about experimenting with strings is having to re-intonate
the bass, but you gotta at least check it when you change brands.

The Rick did a GREAT Beatles tone WAY better than my '66 Hofner
with flat wounds.

The Blue Steels are O.K. too, but Roto's have their thing for sure.

The doubling with piano really does work with the right touch on the right tune.
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Cartain basses just have that sound. Rick and Warwick are some of the best at it.
Regarding rotosounds, kafka summed it up. I've never had a string go dull so fast.
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