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Old 12-24-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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how different can basses sound?

Kinda of a dumb question, but I want to learn bass (especially slap funk)

are they as diverse in tone as electric guitars, like a Les Paul from an Ibanez JEM from a Telecaster?

Cause in GC last week I played a good amount of basses ranging from $199 to over $700, and I couldn't tell much difference in the sound or playability

How different can basses sound (with the exception of the violin/Mccartney bass)?
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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pretty clear difference in sounds there GOOD GOD the thumb bass sounds magnificent.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Personally I've always observed a far greater diversity in both tone and playability amongst different basses than different guitars. I suppose it depends what your hands and ears are tuned to.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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What kinda amp did you test them through? I notice a prettttty big difference between basses.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:13 PM   #5
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What kinda amp did you test them through? I notice a prettttty big difference between basses.


Don't remember but after searching, I think it was an Orange BT1000H
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:33 PM   #6
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Personally I've always observed a far greater diversity in both tone and playability amongst different basses than different guitars. I suppose it depends what your hands and ears are tuned to.

This, except for maybe a Strat vs Les Paul.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:20 AM   #7
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Personally I've always observed a far greater diversity in both tone and playability amongst different basses than different guitars. I suppose it depends what your hands and ears are tuned to.

+1. I feel like there's just a greater variety in general among basses as opposed to guitars. Probably the mindset, we're not so stuck in the past.

EDIT: Spend enough time playing enough basses and the differences in feel and tone will be much more apparent. Enough experience and it'll be like night and day.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:36 AM   #8
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It is possilbe to play a number of off the rack instruments at guitar center and not hear mudh difference, as most of those instruments are based purely from the Fender, are Me Too's, or manufactured to compete with one another.

When you get to a wide variety what you eventually run into is the effects of the Tone wood.

I had an all Mahogany B.C. Rich that I had to run everything full out treble on their most complex preamp design, to get my tone.

I had a $5K Boutique instrument made mostly of Maple which I had to completely cut the treble out on in order to handle the treble and get anywhere near my tone.

I had a Cerbo Jackson C-20 that was fine running everything at max.

My Basswood backed Ibanez BTB's have to cut Treble half way and boost bass Half way, giving a touch of Mids.

I have picked up $3K Peduallas with mostly Walnut and it was DeadwoodVille.

The Walnut in the Top of the Line Ken Smith and the Neck Through Construction killed that one for me, no tone that I liked, and no punch I listen for.

For each instrument you might have to develop an Ear to hear, but Yes! There are complete worlds of difference in Tone and playability.


Most of what is hanging on walls at GC and marketed to the masses is very closely related in make up, from my gnereal observation.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:45 AM   #9
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pretty clear difference in sounds there GOOD GOD the thumb bass sounds magnificent.

I really like the stingray
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #11
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I find a bigger difference between basses then guitars.

The bass sound is a lot dryer often (less effects ect) then guitars, so you get a lot of the bass sound rather then the sound of pedals/ amps ect.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:42 PM   #12
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I really like the stingray


Well then Ching Chung, you have selected the third major incarnation of the Bass Guitar by Leo Fender. 9v Preamp and offset 1/3 design to stabilize the G string harmonics better.

Lots of recodings done with this bass, by guys like Flea and Levin just to name two most prolific. Funk, Jazz, Rock, Metal, this thing has probably done it all.

I find the necks too thick to get over, and the price tag...

Ibanez makes a Bass with a similar single position Pickup called the ATK used by the Late Paul Gray of SlipKnot. I do not know if it has similar neck dimensions as the Ray, that would kill it for me, but would keep that item in the Ray Market.

I dig Levin's tone so much, that when I picked up my First BTB (a 455) and heard the tone and felt how easy it was to play the GC Salesman ran to beat me to the counter.

Now you have to see if it fits your left hand.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:45 AM   #13
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Different basses can sound very different. So much so, in fact, that among bassists there are the "Jazz" sound, the "Precision" sound, the "Rickenbacker" sound, and so on.

Since a great may basses have an on-board preamp, the differences in sound are often tremendous. There is no end to the variety of different sounds you can get from different basses.
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anyone have a pic comparing a short-scale (28-30 inch) bass to a regular (34 inch) one?

I couldn't find one on the internet
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anyone have a pic comparing a short-scale (28-30 inch) bass to a regular (34 inch) one?

I couldn't find one on the internet
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pretty clear difference in sounds there GOOD GOD the thumb bass sounds magnificent.

Of those, i enjoyed the BTB and the Stingray a lot more than the other ones... I also dislike the fretless sound...

The good thing is that i like BTB's, as they are really good 5ers, and are really comfy for me... and i am planning on acquiring one of those in a while... Still, the sound i enjoy the most comes from maple fretboarded jazz basses...
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