#1
Hi, I've been recently looking into getting a new bass. i started out about three years ago with an ibanez gsr200 playing TOOL songs, I'm now looking to play different styles and have gotten into Primus and Les Claypool. I want to get a sounds closer to that to help me to cover his songs better as well as come up with tunes of my own. please recommend something realistic and in the price range of around $500, less would great.
let me know please. thank you.
#2
I'd get some sort of cheapish stingray type probably. What amp do you have?
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Maybe a Warwick Rockbass, they've got a great slapbass tone.


if he gets a decent $$ this could work nicely imo.
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#5
I always found slap bass on a Precision had the potential to sound Claypool-esque. Not identical, but a similar sort of vibe.
#6
did you put "best" and "cheapest" in the same sentence? there is no best cheapest anything. "a good bass isnt cheap, a cheap bass isnt good." (original quote is about tattoos but i feel it works). also, a 2nd hand rockbass and a compressor/limiter would do you good.
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I'd get some sort of cheapish stingray type probably. What amp do you have?

my amp is a huge crate amp. it can definitely handle anything i can throw at it.
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did you put "best" and "cheapest" in the same sentence? there is no best cheapest anything. "a good bass isnt cheap, a cheap bass isnt good." (original quote is about tattoos but i feel it works). also, a 2nd hand rockbass and a compressor/limiter would do you good.


there is such a thing as best quality for a certain quantity of money. that's what i'm asking. what is the best claypool sounding bass available for around 500 dollars? don't try to be philosophical.
#9
I'd say you could get any bass, most of Les' tone comes from a shit tonne of compression.
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I always found slap bass on a Precision had the potential to sound Claypool-esque. Not identical, but a similar sort of vibe.

With the tone knob up high, my P-Bass sounds pretty decent for slap playing e.e
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#11
In one of his videos where they are wearing big plastic cowboy costumes he uses a jazz bass. Any bass can be slapped, and if you notice he plays anything from a fender then to his custom rape of the amazon with custom wood basses. Plus he's got some good amps and gear in addition to just being Claypool. Most people suggest stingrays and similars for there broad fretboards and string spacing, but again "anything can be used for anything". I saw He used a Sansamp of some sort. Google searched him yesterday. I want a Whamola

Go for a used sterling maybe or a good 70's esque P or J, just cause they look cool :p
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there is such a thing as best quality for a certain quantity of money. that's what i'm asking. what is the best claypool sounding bass available for around 500 dollars? don't try to be philosophical.


Not meaning to be funny, but, he does have a point. If I asked "What should I buy for $500" I am not expecting people to recommend the worst instruments for the money. That would be stupid and unhelpful - one would assume the they would be recommending the best instrument for the price range.
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In one of his videos where they are wearing big plastic cowboy costumes

Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

Also, Claypool does quite a bit of slapping on fretless basses, which gives a much different tone, which doesn't sound "metallic" at all, like when you slap on a fretted bass.
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Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

Also, Claypool does quite a bit of slapping on fretless basses, which gives a much different tone, which doesn't sound "metallic" at all, like when you slap on a fretted bass.


AH yea, I thought so, but my mind kept remembering the cartoon slide show parts.

there's a MIM fretless jazz bass
#16
Claypool's tone is in his fingers. Just about any bass with bright strings can sound like Claypool, you just gotta have a bony thumb and be able to play with your fingernails.
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Hell, just sell a kidney and get the real thing:

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#23
hmm. well ive got a fender squier jaquar bass and its pretty good for slapping and shit. my boyfriend plays primus on my bass all the time rather than his. hes got a fender precision bass. youre better off with a bass like mine if you wanna go all claypool on us. and it was rather cheap at guitar center. definitely a good deal.
#24
whoa, this guy hasn't discussed buy a bass in almost two months, case closed