Jump to content

Welcome to the new site. We hope you enjoy it. We also hope you like this little sticky note. You can send them to each other or to yourself for reminders. 

Have a read of this thread (click) where I describe some new functions.

Take some time to try the new content search, maybe set up your own custom search and make it your bookmark.

A note about PMs - please read the note in the link above about PMs from the old site.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy.

(you can dismiss this note so you won’t see it again)

Sign in to follow this  

Flats & FOH Sound

Recommended Posts

I changed over to La Bella flats 12 months ago after years of playing rounds and love the change. I play in a classic rock/blues band and flats just nail the sound IMO.

I will mention I struggled to cut through the first few gigs because I was still learning how to EQ properly with flats. I play a Jazz bass and rolling the bridge pup off a little helped bring the mids up for a bit more bite.

After the first couple of gigs I put a BDI21 in my chain and that really improved things with a little bit of grit to my sound really tightening it up.

So anyone who uses flats - next time you're at a soundcheck, bump up the mids and use a low gain OD/DI box to add a touch of grit. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the results. :)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
The best box I've found for pairing with a P + flats is the Aguilar Tonehammer. Just the right kind of breakup with the AGS on, sounds perfect right into headphones or PA. Check one out if you get the chance!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
I find my '71 Precision with Chromes, to my Markbass LM800 (flat eq) is perfect tone!
I never quite liked Jazz basses with flats, had a '73 Jazz that I had Roto flats on a few years ago, just didn't work for me!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
I used a P with La Bella flats at a recent blues weekender gig using the supplied backline ( a nondescript but reasonably effective 1x15 combo ).

The guy before me had a Gibson Thunderbird with rounds, which sounded great, growly and punchy.

I was relieved to plug the P in and get a really lovely smooth punchy old school bass sound too!

I like the idea of adding a touch of grit tho - bet that sounds quite valvey and hot. Edited by bassbiscuits

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.