The Brown’stone: Tips to Improve Your Bass Tone

One of my most frequently asked questions has to do with my tone. So this week in The Brown’stone on No Treble, I will show how I get my tone, but I’ll also give you some tips on how you can achieve your desired tone.

I won’t be using any fancy instruments for this lesson, just my cheap Squier to demonstrate how you can achieve a decent tone on almost any instrument. I hope this video helps you.

Rich Brown is a Canadian electric bassist, composer, educator, producer, and online radio broadcaster. He has recorded three albums as a leader and is featured on over 70 recordings covering a wide range of musical genres. Rich is also the host of his own weekly online radio show “New Origins” on, and has a YouTube channel called The Brown’stone dedicated to bass/music education. Check out his music on Bandcamp.

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  1. Meremortal

    Great tone talk. I’ve been playing mainly Fender Jazz basses since ’73, and I used the Jaco setup for quite a while, especially back when I used an Acoustic 360. I am currently playing a Fender Jazz 24 which has the bass, mid and treble controls and I use all bass, half mid, half treble, even split on the pickups. Will experiment with your take. By the way, I’m convinced Precision basses sound better in the studio, while Jazz basses sound better live. Rock on!

  2. Bob Sled

    Very well presented & very much appreciated – thank you!