7 Basses Shoot Out!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohanSegeborn, Dec 3, 2013.


  1. JohanSegeborn

    JohanSegeborn

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    Hi!

    In this clip I'm comparing 7 different basses:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtotPiMk6OA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUyaStghQb7_e51PgH8bUkzg

    1. Gibson EB-2
    2. Gibson EB-13
    3. Gibson Les Paul Bass
    4. Stagg (!) EB-3
    5. Gibson Thunderbird
    6. Fender Precision Bass
    7. Fender Jazz Bass

    I'm playing through a Mesa Boogie M3 Carbine Combo with a 12" speaker.

    I would very much appreciate your comments, feedback, critique. How do these basses differ?

    Cheers!
    Johan

    My Youtube Channel
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyaStghQb7_e51PgH8bUkzg
  2. E.J. T.N.T.

    E.J. T.N.T.

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    Great video!!! That was really wonderful!!! Thank you very much!!!

    The EB-2 was by far my favourite on the video. If any engineer would ever discourage me from using that, I would punch him in the face!!! That thing was GOLDEN. By the way, was this strung with flatwound strings?

    The Stagg actually also sounded really good, but after the EB-2 my favourite would probably be the Thunderbird. That thing was as nasty as a bad dog from hell!!!

    I also really liked your P-bass.

    Really cool footage on the right side of the video as well.

    I think other would agree that this video could have only been better if you threw a Rickenbacker in there as well.
  3. JohanSegeborn

    JohanSegeborn

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    Thanks! No The EB-2 actually had roundwounds. It is the enormous output of the humbucker that gives a low mid distortion that muds out the highs. If I back down on the mic volume it gets brighter.

    I'm gonna try to get my hands on a Rickenbacker ASAP, thanks for the tip!

    Cheers!
    Johan



  4. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    Really a fun video! With the amp settings you were using, the Gibbys all had a lot of attitude, and I think that showed how the humbuckers could be used to advantage. The Fenders both sounded pretty polite by comparison.

    A Jazz style bass will probably always be my main bass for the type of music I play most, but those big old humbuckers can give a sound that other basses can't.

    I'm sure that video took a ton of effort to make. Thank you!
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  6. Jeff K

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    Nice job, Johan! I enjoyed that immensely. I'm a Fender guy, but that EB-2 sounded fantastic. I fully expected to prefer either the Thunderbird or the Les Paul to the EB's, but felt the EB-2 slayed both of them. Of course, that's just one man's opinion.

    For what it's worth, I feel you can get a better sound from the Fender P by removing the pickup cover. That's my preferred "sweet spot" on a Precision, and the cover, while looking cool, just gets in my way. (Again, just my opinion. Maybe no basis in fact!) ;)

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to do that comparison. I now have an even better appreciation for the EB-2.
  7. REV

    REV Supporting Member

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    Great Vid. Love that EB-2.
  8. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    Great vid and very enjoyable. Assuming you left the Carbine settings the same bass to bass.
    I would love to see how those basses compare in a less over driven mode...more of a round tone setting.
    But again, very good video and your playing was very tasteful and definitely brought out the character of each bass.
  9. JohanSegeborn

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    Thanks Jeff! You're quite right about the pickup cover, the precision tends to get a bit muddy played to close to the neck (if you're not "tapping" like Geezer Butler in Black Sabbaths early work).

    Cheers! Johan


  10. JohanSegeborn

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    Thanks for the kind words, REV, Runnerman, Jeff K and WoodyG3! I appreciate it!
  11. jbednarski

    jbednarski Supporting Member

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    EB2 and the Jazz were my faves and I'm a P guy forever?! I just got a Midtown and it comes close to the EB2 without the cost of a used one. I loved that you actually played a tune for the demos instead of just noodling like a great many demo vids do. Thanks for doing this!
  12. MightyMiloQuinn

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    Excellent video!! Very useful, and entertaining. Cheers. I'll always be a Fender fan, but I was really enjoying the Gibsons, particularly the Les Paul.
  13. Marko5657

    Marko5657 Supporting Member

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    Great video, and great job!

    I’ll give it another listen to better note the various bass tones, but I know the P and J didn’t disappoint.
  14. electracoyote

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    Very cool and educational, even for this 35-year bass vet.

    EB-13!!! Wow.

    Interesting contrast between the "Gibson" tone and the "Fender" tone.

    I'm now on the hunt for a Stagg EB-3 clone.
  15. Pet Sounds

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    Terrific job, man. I'm a Fender guy, but liked the EB-2 a lot. The video also was very professionally done.
  16. smperry

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    Wow, great work. Like everybody else, I thought the EB-2 was gorgeous. I certainly wouldn't mind the Stagg EB-3 or the Gibby EB-13...or any of them for that matter. On my weak computer speakers, I thought the Thunderbird was a little much. Are those pickups really high? It seemed harsher than I'm used to (and I say this as a former owner of a T-Bird); of course my memory could be off or it could just be a difference in technique if I wasn't going for an Entwistle tone.

    Fun fun video. Thanks for making it!
  17. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    These types of videos are fantastic. Like this one:

    Everyone with the basses/means to record this type of thing totally should.

    Great job.
  18. JohanSegeborn

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    Hi smperry!

    Thanks! Since I lovered the strings it lost some bottom end. Check this clip out where I aim for a Gene Simmons mid 70s tone with higher strings. Recorded with the cam mic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h17MTafKro&feature=c4-overview&list=UUyaStghQb7_e51PgH8bUkzg

    Cheers! Johan

  19. JohanSegeborn

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    Thanks! Didn't know Gibson made a "resissue" of the EB2. Cool. Maybe you can post a clip where you play it, so we can check it out?

    Cheers! Johan


  20. JohanSegeborn

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    Thanks for the kind words, MightyMiloQuinn, Marko5657, electracoyote, Pet Sounds and 3234718! You made my day, I tell you!
  21. RyanJD

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    Your accent is almost as awesome as the basses and your playing in this video.
    Are you from Germany? (Just a guess.)

    Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed it!

    All those sick classic bass tones...
    Oh man.

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