comparison video of 5 basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by derbalou, Mar 13, 2014.


  1. derbalou

    derbalou

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    Hi,
    i just did a short clip, comparing my five basses on the same background track. So i used a marleaux consat 5, xotic xj-1t, fender precision, godin a5 ultra and a musicman sterling. it was quite interessting for me to get the direct comparison :) i just used settings that i like on this kind of music. what`s your favorite bass?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUWtj3Wdm0
  2. punkrocko

    punkrocko Supporting Member

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    Nice, excellent video, thanks for posting. I liked the Xotic best, seemed to have more character. I’m surprised I didn’t like the P bass as much as I thought I would, but they all sound great. Thanks for not slapping.
  3. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User Supporting Member

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    I was pretty surprised at the highly similar tone between the Godin & the Marleaux, with the Musicman coming in rather similar. The Fender seemed the dullest of the bunch, with the xotic somewhere in the middle.
  4. j5eugene

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    My favorite one is definitely Marleaux, 2nd is Godin, 3d - Musicman
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  6. Boom762

    Boom762 Hartke Whore - I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

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    Great video dude. Love A B comparison videos. Heres the order of sound I liked in a blind test.

    Godin, musicman, Xotic, marluex, fender.

    Ive never heard a godin before. Very distinct sound
  7. eyoyo

    eyoyo Supporting Member

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    Was the tonality switched og on your PBass?
    I'm used to PBass tone and this one was really soft.
  8. chungweishan

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    Nice professional look and sound to the video. "Like"

    Anyways, with the background music I preferred the quiet lowness of the Fender Precision with No-Tone. The other basses had a brightness to them that I felt didn't mix well, although I'm sure they would be better for other styles of music.

    It's interesting though, the way the different basses played with a constant technique: finger plucking near the middle pickup area. As I tend to naturally pluck near the neck, and only towards the bridge during solo-runs for that extra brightness-bite.

    For overall bass sound, I prefer the Xotic. I would like it to be fretless like the Godin, have the wood look of the Marleaux, and shaped like the Xotic. :meh:
  9. cnltb

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    To me the Marleaux stood out amongst these
    Followed by the P.

    I don't care much for the others.
  10. Musicman20

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    Sterling then Fender :)
  11. eyoyo

    eyoyo Supporting Member

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    Were the other basses set with tone off ?
  12. derbalou

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    Hey, yes, the tone was set to off at the pBass.
  13. derbalou

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    not really, but the highs were little cut off if possible with the basses, so all eq used were the bass eqs, later, there was no eq used.
  14. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    Loved the P and Sterling although the first bass had a great modern tone. LPB pre-CBS Precision. Great to play aren't they!

    Davo
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nicely produced video. The differences in tone are discernible in the video, but would not be if you were playing a gig with a live audience at, say, a restaurant or bar. It underscores our tendency to take whatever gear we're using (bass, amps, cabs, etc.) and adjust it to get the tone we like. I think the tone you used here is appropriate for the feel of the background music - very subdued. Nice job.
  16. BoogieZK

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    I'm surprised no one noticed that the sound is saturated, on low notes... ok! :)

    I find the marleaux interesting and the godin too BUT with trebles on Zero on anybass, you'll get pretty much the same sound.
    The Xotic is much more powerful than the PBass.

    That why i think most bass players loves PBass because it's thiner and maybe fit in any mixes easier.
  17. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member

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    Xotic sounds best to me...
  18. peledog

    peledog Supporting Member

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    They all sounded good. I particularly liked the Sterling and the Xotic,

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