20 Bass Shootout!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohanSegeborn, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Hi!

    In this clip I compare 20 basses playing the same riff. I'd very much appreciate your feedback and critique! Which bass did you like best/least?



    The basses are:

    1. Burns - Hank Marvin, Shadows Bass
    2. ESP - Vintage Four J/P Bass
    3. Gibson - Les Paul Bass, 2013
    4. Yamaha - BB414 (signed by the great Marco Mendoza)
    5. Ibanez - SR500
    6. Fender - Jaguar, 2013
    7. Fender - Jazz Bass, American Standard, 2014
    8. Fender - Starcaster, 2013
    9. Squire - 1951 P-Bass, Precision
    10. Fender - P-Bass American Standard, 2014
    11. Epiphone - Thunderbird, T-bird 2013
    12. Gibson - RD Krist Novocelic, 2013
    13. Gibson - EB13, 2013
    14. Gretsch - Electromatic G5440SLB, 2013
    15. Fender - P-Bass, Precision 1973
    16. Gibson -Ripper, 1974
    17. Gibson - Thunderbird, 2010
    18. Gibson - EB2, 1965
    19. Rickenbacker - 4003, 2013
    20. Stagg - EB3, 1970s

    In the next couple of days I will add another 6 clips/riffs to the playlist, to explore other styles of playing as well.
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  2. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Nice video man! Seems to be a bit of a difference in volume though. The american standard jazz is probably one of the nicest basses there, but doesn't sound all that in the video.
  3. Thanks! Well I didn't wanna add any compression which would mask dynamics, so the volume is as even as possible considering that.


  4. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Interesting for my money- The American P-Bass sounds best, followed closely by the Rick and the Squier P-bass. The JAzz sounds very weak on this clip as mentioned.
    As many know, once you get past the name snobbery Squiers aren't bad at all.
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  6. Thanks, yeah the squire sounded every bit as good as the Standard P. The biggest difference between the two is probably that the Fender is more even in volume over the strings and frets, but not much! Great value.


  7. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Love the video. Honestly there wasn't a tone in there that I don't think I could EQ or compress to fit into any situation.

    Thanks for putting this together. Next time I might suggest eliminating the visual cues, scrambling the order, and making it a blind test.
  8. Thanks Dan!

    Yeah, I'll put the visual cues at a specific location in the window so the viewer can choose to cover it up for a blind test.


  9. slogo


    Jun 14, 2006
    Hopatcong, NJ
    Thank you Johan! This surprised me. My favorite was the Squire - 1951 P-Bass, loved it's open, simple sound. Appreciate the effort!
  10. Thanks Slogo, Yeah it surprised me too! Cheers

  11. I thought the Epi T bird sounded the best to my ears and the Ibanez and ESP sounded the worst, very harsh.

    Good to know that cheap basses can hold their own in a sound test. Thanks for taking the time to make the video.
  12. Thanks!

  13. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    If you needed proof that it is the player and not the bass...well, there you go.
  14. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    The only tones that stood out as significantly different (to me) were the P-Basses, Ric and EB-2. The others sounded strikingly similar. For that riff, I preferred the 2014 American P.
  15. The TBird and Starcaster were my favorites...
  16. Thanks, a very nice compliment! Cheers Johan

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  17. Thanks! Love your avatar! Cheers Johan

  18. ddhm


    Mar 18, 2011
    Memphis Tn USA

    Ps. Wondering if it's the same strings all around?
  19. Thanks, No I'm afraid it's not. Cheers

  20. thiocyclist


    Sep 19, 2012
    To my ears the Ric and newer Am P sounded the best by far. The Yamaha BB was also quite good. Your Jazz reminded me of my old Jazz, it just sounded kind of wimpy all the time.
  21. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Ric for the win!