Forget wood, does anything matter?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steve_rolfeca, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    Here on TB, we tend to focus on audio clips as the litmus test for the impact of a pickup swap, fingerboard wood, Ash vs Pine, etc., and whether these things make a discernable difference.

    But this video has me wondering about other "intangibles" like feel and heft.

    I mean, we all know that a Lakland or a Fender Custom Shop axe is going to at least feel more expensive compared to lesser models, right?

  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Those are those terrible 6 string piccolo basses that attention-seeking bassist wannabes play.
  3. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    Couldn't agree more. :hyper:

    But I've always felt that subtle differences were easier to feel with guitars, because of the smaller scale, lighter weight, etc.

    The guy with the headband is an extremely proficient player, and he set some of those instruments up, which makes it even more interesting...
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements

    You're welcome!
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  6. EagleMoon


    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    That just goes to show how much Squier has really stepped up their game the past few years.
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    The whole test is bollocks!
    If they had been allowed to run the guitars through their paces they could have figured it out.
  8. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Everything matters. Sum greater than individual parts.
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    What you think about the instrument you're playing is all that matters in this regard.
  10. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    Wood - Schmood, you want zero resonance?
    Pick up an aluminum guitar

    These have been on sale for months on craigslist...wonder why?
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  11. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    seriously?.. this again?..

    anyone who thinks a squire is as good as a MIA or a custom is either delusionally justifying their lack of finances or tone discernment, or worse, has never once picked up a better guitar and seen where the money goes... components, fit & finish.

    It is great that with modern production techniques that cheap guitars are playable..certainly was not the case when i was a teen, and its better to be playing than not playing.. but quality counts as much in guitars & basses as in anything else, and if you can only afford a Squire then play and enjoy.. but there is a legion of better axes out there
  12. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    we did the same test with four basses and passed easily. those guys are trippin'!:)
  13. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I have been in the its all in your head camp for years. Give me a good Squier anyday and I wont miss an MIA or CS..Squiers rule!
  14. I challenge you to a blind test.
    In my experience, anyone who claims one brand is better than another solely based off where it's made and whether it's a productions vs custom model is out to lunch.

    I've picked up many Squiers that easily outshine the MIAs I've played. I've also picked up many MIMs that are better than the custom shops I've picked up.
  15. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    in response to the OP......."everything matters" a little bit, and every combination of materials, technique and environmental conditions.
  16. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Well said.
  17. dangerouscello

    dangerouscello I wore a suit under this Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2011
    Nothing really matters.. </madonna>
  18. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth's all in the fingers.
  19. Gab124

    Gab124 The path is greater than the destination

    Dec 30, 2006
    It depends on the music being played - sometimes you need a sunburst finish to work, other times solid black is needed.
  20. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Spoken from a guy playing a White Bass in his Avitar...:bag:
  21. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    I thought that was Freddie Mercury's quote......:confused: