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#1
I looked around w/ the search bar and couldnt find anything.

The title really says it all, what is, in your opinion, the Stratocaster of bass guitars?
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chronologically the jazz bass, but in fame terms the precision
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On a more interesting note, if the strat is the P bass, then what's the "les paul" of the bass world? And before you ask, it's definately not the thunderbird. Les Pauls are generally regarded as a well designed, unique guitar, thunderbirds are not either of those things.
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On a more interesting note, if the strat is the P bass, then what's the "les paul" of the bass world? And before you ask, it's definately not the thunderbird. Les Pauls are generally regarded as a well designed, unique guitar, thunderbirds are not either of those things.


err..

the les paul bass maybe
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On a more interesting note, if the strat is the P bass, then what's the "les paul" of the bass world? And before you ask, it's definately not the thunderbird. Les Pauls are generally regarded as a well designed, unique guitar, thunderbirds are not either of those things.


Musicman Sterling or Bongo, maybe.
#9
I would say jazz bass, as it has split coils, and has a very clear tone like strats do(compared to the thickness of a P-bass)
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The Stingray would be the Les Paul of basses.
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I would say jazz bass, as it has split coils, and has a very clear tone like strats do(compared to the thickness of a P-bass)


the p bass has split coils
the jazz has single coils
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I say Jbass.
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This is my take on the analogy too.

Let us continue this unnecessary analogy. I would have to say that Warwick as a brand is the PRS of basses (although I realize that PRS does, in fact, produce basses). What would you consider the Warwick Corvette equivalent to in the guitar world?
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Let us continue this unnecessary analogy. I would have to say that Warwick as a brand is the PRS of basses (although I realize that PRS does, in fact, produce basses). What would you consider the Warwick Corvette equivalent to in the guitar world?

I would have said Warwick is the Ibanez/Jackson/ESP of basses.
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After thinking about it a bit I'd say a rickenbacker 4001/3 is more like the "les paul" of the bass world. I say this because they're both quite symbolic from a historical point of view and are equally sought after and expensive (at least, the gibson version is).
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Actually, Ricks are just kind of in their own position in both guitar and bass worlds. The Strat of the bass world is probably the Jazz bass, and the Tele would probably the Precision (speaking in terms of when they were first produced).

I wouldn't say that Warwick is the PRS, because PRS has a lot of vintage-leanings and Warwick is about as modern as it gets with little reverence for the past, besides old-world craftsmanship.
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the p bass has split coils
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I would say jazz bass, as it has single coils, and has a very clear tone like strats do(compared to the thickness of a P-bass)

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This is my take on the analogy too.


mine 2. i think stingray would be the les paul
precision the strat.
but what would be the tele?
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I would have said Warwick is the Ibanez/Jackson/ESP of basses.

A bottom-dollar Warwick costs as much as pretty much any top of the line Ibanez/Jackson/ESP (companies which also make basses). If you want to try give counterexamples, be aware I'll be able to double their price in seconds.

The Telecaster is the Precision Bass circa 51-53. The Strat is the Precision Bass circa 57 and on. The Jaguar/Jazzmaster is the Jazz bass.

The strat and the Precision do not have the same body shape at all.

The Jazz and Precision have the exact same horns, but different bottoms.
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I looked around w/ the search bar and couldnt find anything.

The title really says it all, what is, in your opinion, the Stratocaster of bass guitars?


I always think of the telecaster being the equivalent of the precision, and the strat as the equivalent of the jazz bass... in the sense that the first two are very simple, functional & solid, and the second two are more refined & 'sophisticated', tonally and physically... both use the interesting phase interaction of multiple pickups to make some of the sounds they're famous for...

now, I know in historical terms the guitar cousin of the jazz bass is actually the jazzmaster, but functionally... the strat equivalent is arguably the fender jazz bass


now.. the bass equivalent of the les paul... ? hmm, let's see... the Les Paul is famous for the immense amount of space it can take up in a mix... its backbreaking weight... its woody, dense, ballsy tone... that fact that it's withstood decades of competition from modern 'improved guitars designed to do its job... and the fact that if you need THAT sound, nothing else will do

I can't think of one single bass that would cover all those, but it's probably a fender jazz again (a 70's one for the 'backbreaking weight' part )
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#23
The music man is nice and the analogy with the humbuckers is close, but the Rickenbackers are the les pauls of basses.
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The music man is nice and the analogy with the humbuckers is close, but the Rickenbackers are the les pauls of basses.

no, because everyone copies ricks, and nobody copies Ric's because they will get their asses sued off.
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See basically all significant basses that will be considered here are basically Leo Fender designs. Gibson Thunderbirds and EB basses suck ass, so no one wants to consider them important, regardless of whether they were. Then you have Paul McCartney's Hofner, which again, wasn't very good. The Hofner I played must have had a neck that was 1 1/4 inch wide or something. Ridiculous.

You have your Precision, Jazz bass, Stingray, and Rickenbacker. Maybe I'm forgetting a couple, but if I am, they must not be that important. Warwicks and Spectors are famous and shiz, but when someone thinks bass they think the first three, Ricks may even be stretching it a little.
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I would have to say that Warwick as a brand is the PRS of basses


I can't think of any guitar equivalent to Warwick. It's definitely not PRS. I think that title really would more go to Spector or Lakland- definitely on the vintage side of things, but with a lot of classy, high end refinements.

Though I'm curious as to where you guys think Spector should go.

The LP of bass could either be the Stingray, the Ric, or maybe Warwick, depending on how you think about it. to whoever said that Ric have their own place in both the guitar and bass world, it's not really true. The bass equivalent of the Ric guitar is Hofner. The bass equivalent of ESP/Ibanez/Jackson is ESP and higher end Ibanez. The guitar equivalent of lower-mid range end Ibanez is probably Epiphone
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A bottom-dollar Warwick costs as much as pretty much any top of the line Ibanez/Jackson/ESP (companies which also make basses). If you want to try give counterexamples, be aware I'll be able to double their price in seconds.

The Telecaster is the Precision Bass circa 51-53. The Strat is the Precision Bass circa 57 and on. The Jaguar/Jazzmaster is the Jazz bass.

The strat and the Precision do not have the same body shape at all.

The Jazz and Precision have the exact same horns, but different bottoms.


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A bottom-dollar Warwick costs as much as pretty much any top of the line Ibanez/Jackson/ESP (companies which also make basses). If you want to try give counterexamples, be aware I'll be able to double their price in seconds.

Come to think of it, can you name any guitar companies specialising in "metal" guitars that are as expensive as Warwick are for basses?
I only said those because in my eyes they are the top companies for metal guitars. I'd say the same for Warwick basses, but I don't really know much about Warwicks at all.
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By virtue of the fact that it's a bass company and a bass company alone, Warwick simply can't be a metal company. Yeah, they have tonnes of metal options, but models like the Streamer, the Dolphin, the Infinity, and the Star II really don't quite lend themselves to the metal stage.
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By virtue of the fact that it's a bass company and a bass company alone, Warwick simply can't be a metal company. Yeah, they have tonnes of metal options, but models like the Streamer, the Dolphin, the Infinity, and the Star II really don't quite lend themselves to the metal stage.

Similar in a sense to Ibanez then maybe? Ignoring price ranges of course, and the fact that Ibanez make basses, it's probably the closest analogy.
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why are we comparing guitars to basses?

why cant we all just apreiciate each bass for it's on merits.
as aposed to trying to find out what guitar it is most like

also warwick streamers LOOK totaly metal.
but that said dont know any metal player with a streamer, atleast to name off hand.
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Similar in a sense to Ibanez then maybe? Ignoring price ranges of course, and the fact that Ibanez make basses, it's probably the closest analogy.

You can extrapolate that, sure, but Ibanez' goal is to fit every budget, whereas Warwick fits every genre. Huge distinction. There's an Ibanez bass for every Ibanez guitar. Not so with Warwicks.

And we really think that smooth, ergonomic pretty shape is metal?
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And we really think that smooth, ergonomic pretty shape is metal?

More-so than a Jazz or Precision, but that's IMO.
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And we really think that smooth, ergonomic pretty shape is metal?


is the streamer really any more smooth than any other warwick?
i will however give you ergonomic, the only bass i've ever seen with a concave back cut.
also they're totally pretty on a grand scale.
but i dunno, the streamer has this air about it, to me it just SEEMS metal to me, maybe it's the very same smoothness you talk of, metal doesn't HAVE to be about spiky unbalanced explorer clones with shitty tone (OH but am i looking at YOU esp/ltd).
also the top horn has that chunky look to it, which reminds me a BIT of a fender bass (i KNOW that's crazy, VERY crazy)

so basically i don't think the streamer is any less metal than any other warwick, apart from the vampire, cuse DAMN BRO that's metal.

pretty sure this was directed at me, if not then sorry for intruding
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I think the Streamer is very... streamy. To me it has this flowey sinewy look to it that looks jazz, not metal - to my eyes anyway. The Stage I definitely SOUNDS jazz.
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I think the Streamer is very... streamy. To me it has this flowey sinewy look to it that looks jazz, not metal - to my eyes anyway. The Stage I definitely SOUNDS jazz.

Although I will admit that certainly a Streamer would fit much better into a jazz setting than a metal setting, I am confused as to how anything can can really SOUND jazz? Jazz is just such a broad genre that it seems a a very wide range of bass tones could be considered fitting. Also, in my opinion, the Streamer Stage I is the perfect Warwick for fingerstyle funk (a la Zender).
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I always think of the telecaster being the equivalent of the precision, and the strat as the equivalent of the jazz bass... in the sense that the first two are very simple, functional & solid, and the second two are more refined & 'sophisticated', tonally and physically... both use the interesting phase interaction of multiple pickups to make some of the sounds they're famous for...

now, I know in historical terms the guitar cousin of the jazz bass is actually the jazzmaster, but functionally... the strat equivalent is arguably the fender jazz bass

See, this is almost exactly what I was thinking. Tonally, versatility-wise, etc. I've always thought of the P-Bass as similar to a Tele and a Jazz as similar to a Strat. In my opinion, Strats and Jazzes are pinnacles of guitar and bass versatility, respectively, while the former two have a slightly more distinct sound that is still very useful in many situations.

I don't know about all this chronology everybody's throwing around, I thought in terms of function.
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I played a Streamer Stage I 6-string and it sounded very pretty and smooth. It didn't have a great deal of output and didn't seem like it was gonna cut through a bunch of downtuned guitars, but there was a friendliness to it's tonality and a gentleness to it's attack that made me think Jazz. Jazz is varied, but the tunings are typically standard pitch-wise and there's not much distortion to cut through.
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Come to think of it, can you name any guitar companies specialising in "metal" guitars that are as expensive as Warwick are for basses?
I only said those because in my eyes they are the top companies for metal guitars. I'd say the same for Warwick basses, but I don't really know much about Warwicks at all.


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what's a "strat-o-caster"?

but seriously, there are far more basses with "strat" quality than their are guitars in my opinion.
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