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Your thoughts re: Flats on a Jazz bass?


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#1 ThePapabull

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:50 PM

I'm really not trying to sound stoopid (or play Devil's advocate) but would appreciate your thoughts regarding putting flats on a jazz bass.

1.Is this taboo?

2.Can it work?

3.Does it make any sense?

4. Most importantly can i get that burpy sound from the the bridge pick up using flats?

Your thoughts would be VERY welcome

best wishes to all

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:19 PM

Why not ?

Doesn't Meshell thingy-whatsit use flats on a jazz ?

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:38 PM

View PostThePapabull, on 17 March 2017 - 08:50 PM, said:

I'm really not trying to sound stoopid (or play Devil's advocate) but would appreciate your thoughts regarding putting flats on a jazz bass.

1.Is this taboo?

2.Can it work?

3.Does it make any sense?

4. Most importantly can i get that burpy sound from the the bridge pick up using flats?

Your thoughts would be VERY welcome

best wishes to all

paul h

1) I hope not as I have done it for a long time, as it was more historically accurate for the '62 Reissue Jazz I had

2) It works great (unless you dislike the answer for #4!)

3) If anything, it makes MORE sense

4) I didn't with mine BUT that was one of the reasons for doing it. I always found the jazz too zingy and the flats subdued a lot of what I didn't like
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:29 PM

Pretty sure Flea has flats on his Jazz when recording?

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:44 PM

I've had flats on a Jazz before and really liked the fatness of the sound. Definitely not taboo, it certainly works and makes sense to me. It may will undoubtedly tame the burpy bridge pickup sound a bit but to my ears that was on improvement.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:50 AM

Seem to remember Jazz basses came strung with flats.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:15 AM

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:22 AM

Herbie Flowers? Also, listening to Ron Blair's work on early Tom Petty albums, I would say that he used flats on his (1964) Jazz bass.

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