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#1
what would you say is the best bass to solo with?
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#2
Bass? Solo?


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#3
jazzes do well because of the slim neck and trebley sound.

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#4
Quote by funkbass369
jazzes do well because of the slim neck and trebley sound.

EDIT: to the guy above me - YOU SHUT THE **** UP


Relax man, I was just trying to be funny because I crave the attention.
I wish there were more bass solos in the world, I have been a long time admirer of Flea and his insane slapping skills/crazy improvised live solos.
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#5
Quote by stjoe55
Bass? Solo?




dude. wow. listen to some music man... what kinda stuff you going for? a cliff burton-esque anestesia sound maybe? that would help. but i would also check out the precision bass because Steve Harris ala Iron Maiden is amazing. pretty much the fender line i guess. but what styles would certainly help.
#6
Quote by stjoe55
Relax man, I was just trying to be funny because I crave the attention.
I wish there were more bass solos in the world, I have been a long time admirer of Flea and his insane slapping skills/crazy improvised live solos.


haha i was just messing around. its all good.
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#7
Quote by stjoe55
Relax man, I was just trying to be funny because I crave the attention.
I wish there were more bass solos in the world, I have been a long time admirer of Flea and his insane slapping skills/crazy improvised live solos.


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#8
Quote by funkbass369
haha i was just messing around. its all good.


Haha I know.
I'm planning on buying a used bass and amp in the near future, for some reason a song with a funky, groovy bassline appeals to me more than a guitar solo.
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#9
Quote by stjoe55
Haha I know.
I'm planning on buying a used bass and amp in the near future, for some reason a song with a funky, groovy bassline appeals to me more than a guitar solo.


i like both. chili peppers jams
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#10
G&L or a Warwick Corvette $$
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#13
A Wishbass or a Tbird


...choose wisely
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#14
Quote by allstrats726
best bass to solo with? the one that feels the most comfortable to you.

this. exactly this.
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#15
I second the T-bird for a solo bass.

A tone like that is gonna disgust any potential bandmates
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#16
because with their great fret access a t-bird is of course the best option
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#17
it's not the bass that makes the solo, it's the player. any bass can sound good in the hands of a skilled player. having said that, i love the sound of a Rickenbacker, or a Fender Jazz in a solo situation.
#18
Quote by 83lespaulstudio
it's not the bass that makes the solo, it's the player. any bass can sound good in the hands of a skilled player. having said that, i love the sound of a Rickenbacker, or a Fender Jazz in a solo situation.


I agree whole heartedly. A skilled player could solo well with a Rickenbacker or a Squier.
#19
I'd go with a fender jazz or precision, I love those quick & fast geddy lee solos
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#20
Quote by stjoe55
Bass? Solo?






Wipes tears from eyes

He's right you know. Bass players shouldn't solo.

They should get back into the dark spot beside the drummer and play root notes.

They suck lol. Plus, who wants to look at a bass player?

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#21
The best solo sound ever comes from a fretless Jazz Bass with chorus... and Jaco Pastorius' fingers.
#22
True Dat! No matter what, i can't get close to how he sounds on "continuum". But for my own solos, You got to love the warwick corvette standard, especiallt for funk. Also, the Victor bailey signature jazz bass has a wonderful, sweet, jazzy sound that makes wish I had 1000+ dollars to spend.
#23
Quote by slaptasticdave
because with their great fret access a t-bird is of course the best option

Because of course all bass solos have to be up the high end of the neck.

Quote by Double Basser
I second the T-bird for a solo bass. A tone like that is gonna disgust any potential bandmates

I'm sorry, a T-Bird's tone isn't THAT bad, it's just overpriced for the bass that it is.

TS, go to your local music shop, play all the basses there, the one that you like the most is the one that's right for you to solo on. I'm just reiterating what other people have said but it really is the best answer.
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#24
a bass for solo??
affinity bronco bass!!
seriusly if you cant solo with any bass whats the point of geeting a bass just to solo
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#25
There isn't really a best, there are some that would be more interesting to solo on, methinks. Such as:

Fretless basses-cool slides
Piccolo Basses-higher notes
8 strings-octaves are fun
#26
Quote by indie-bassist

I'm sorry, a T-Bird's tone isn't THAT bad, it's just overpriced for the bass that it is.


I've never heard a t-bird with a punchy enough tone where it could cut through the mix well enough. The t-bird was meant to be an instrument for bass players, not bass guitarists.
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#28
Quote by Funkbass796
I've never heard a t-bird with a punchy enough tone where it could cut through the mix well enough. The t-bird was meant to be an instrument for bass players, not bass guitarists.

Then you're not using an amp correctly.
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#29
I can solo on any bass really, but there is a limit to the action I can work with.
I find my Geddy Lee Jazz is amazing for soloing, and my Precision is really good too, despite the tone I give it.
Fender is amazing, but I've used other basses.
#32
I think EB's sound great doing solo stuff. Stingers and Bongos and all that.
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#33
Quote by Nutter_101


Wipes tears from eyes

He's right you know. Bass players shouldn't solo.

They should get back into the dark spot beside the drummer and play root notes.

They suck lol. Plus, who wants to look at a bass player?





I agree with Chris, we should all emulate Stu Sutcliffe and hide back by the amps and never look at the audience.
#35
you see the loser in the back who seems to be looking at the drummers booty? with the sunglasses? that's the bassist.
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#36
seriously i find really fat and chunky necks like a warwick really great to play or solo on. i think my hands are too big for a skinny neck
#37
Quote by Double Basser
I second the T-bird for a solo bass.

A tone like that is gonna disgust any potential bandmates


Mhm. The T-bird from the 60's were better than they are now. Id want to put on a differant neck though.

TS: try a Fender jazz, or a Musicman Sterling
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#38
i think you can solo on any bass... sometimes i mess around with some compression and do some sheehan stuff at home, doubt i would do anything live to be honnest. Filling the gaps in the music is enough for me
#39
I think soloing sounds best on 6-strings or 5-strings with a high c

sounds really good on four strings too though,.
But think that an extra high string gives more possibillities for solo's
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#40
Precision basses. Why? because I can hit all the frets, I love the P-bass tone, and I love to play P-basses, I feel more comfortable playing them.
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