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A good amp, apart from sounding good, should have a long life before it. So check all the controls: do they make a solid impression? Do the pots move smoothly, nothing is loose, and nothing makes noises it shouldn't? If every change in settings comes with its own sequence of "snap, crackle, pop", then this won't get better over time. How much noise does ...


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Disclaimer: I'm one of those folks who always preferred multiple independent components over an integrated system for audio work. That said, I would go with stomp boxes and separate preamps for practically all tone control, and look for a power-amp&speaker box which is as close to the "wire with gain" paradigm as possible. Which means an amp that is ...


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I'll expand a bit on my comment at the request of OP. I haven't had this exact problem on any of my fretless basses but I can tell you what steps I would take if I did encounter something like this. Since you said the buzzing is coming from the nut side of the note, it might be some sort of mechanical buzz either from the tuners on the headstock or the truss ...


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I have a somewhat unique approach to playing bass, much more aggressive lines and sometimes play what would be considered a lead line if a guitar was playing it (or other lead instrument). With that said, my current setup is as follows: Tuner pedal- Obviously used for tuning but can be very helpful to act as a mute. This is especially helpful if you need ...


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Besides the looper, overdrive and wah-wah/envelope-filter pedals mentioned in other answers, I like: Bass chorus: Chorus smooths out the growl of wound strings. I like the growl generally but it's good to vary the sound. Phaser: Phasing the bass is very effective way of getting a great tone for certain rock, funk and jazz tunes. Here's an article that ...


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This is really up to what you want to do. I think I first started out with a fuzz pedal, but I don't use it so much. A lot of bassists use a wah wah pedal. I have one myself and it is pretty fun. If you like this kind of sound, you can also try out an envelope filter. It is pretty nice as well. I also use a octaver from time to time, but only on certain ...


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In general people use the effects loop to insert certain effects after the preamp stage but before the power amp stage in their amplifier. The preamp stage is where the EQ is applied and this stage colors the sound the most. The preamp is also where you get some of the overdrive when you turn up the gain. The power amp is usually more transparent and ...


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a tuner First off, I'd put a tuner; but this isn't really an effects pedal and you can get the same functionality in non-pedal form. a compressor : A compressor is probably the most used effects for bassists, by suitably tuning the controls you can make the attack and release of the notes more sharp providing a stronger, some might say punchier, rhythmic ...


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Possibly you are far more used to playing fretted bass, and need to press harder. On fretted, the string vibrates from fretwire to saddle, but of course, the wire isn't there on fretless. If you are not firm with your fingering, the rest of the string can vibrate as well, but maybe only becomes noticeable around that area of the neck. If it's still under ...


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Check out Scott's Bass Lessons https://www.scottsbasslessons.com/. He creates educational videos for all abilities. Most of his videos are free but he also has a paid for area with access to more resources.


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What do you mean by variation? If you mean variation on a common theme, becoming good at improvisation requires passion and a good practice method. The player you saw probably spent an enormous amount of time behind his/her instrument, learning different songs, writing his own, perhaps even studying a theory. After doing this for so long, some players can ...



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