Bass Tone

In episode 2 of the Bass Tone podcast, Nick Long introduces Leo Fender’s revolutionary electric bass guitar and talks through the core choices which affect the tone of the bass, including:
• Electric vs. Upright bass
• Pickups: Single-coil and Humbucker
• Blending between pickups
• Active bass guitars and bass/treble boosts and cuts
• The effect of string choice on tone

The episode is based on this week’s Playing With Precision article but contains lots of extra information and sound examples – so do check it out, even if you’ve already read the article!

Whether you’re a bass player yourself, or just want to understand more about the bass guitar you hear in music, this episode will help you understand the fundamental choices a bassist can make to influence their sound.

You can subscribe to the Bass Tone podcast in iTunes, or your favourite podcasting program using the feeds below:

Subscribe to Bass Tone (iTunes) Bass Tone Podcast (iTunes)
Subscribe to Bass Tone (RSS) Bass Tone Podcast (RSS feed for other clients)

You can also download this episode directly:

Bass Tone Podcast – Part 2
(right-click and “Save as…”)

The podcast is an M4A (AAC) file, which should play back on most modern audio software and portable music players. If you have any problems downloading or playing the file please let us know.

If you have any thoughts on the episode, or suggestions for future Bass Tone podcast episodes – leave a comment below!