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Funkiest J type bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Discharge, Jan 8, 2014.


  1. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    Doesn't matter on the make or model, which gives the funkiest tone in you opinion?
     
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Whichever one is being played by a funky player like Bootsy, Marcus Miller, Anthony Wellington, or <insert funky bassist here>.

    It's not that much about "which bass".
     
  3. Merriam Webster defines 'funk' as: "a strong offensive smell."

    So I would say that has more to do with how the bass is stored, than the specific brand of bass itself.
     
  4. It depends on what you consider as a J type bass. A warwick thumb bass has J pickups and they're nice, I've had the NT5 and BO5 both have a lot of character. One downside is they don't hold up very welly in hot humid areas. So they are hit or miss depending on where you live.
     
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  6. elBandito

    elBandito

    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    Funkiest fingers give funkiest tone.
     
  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
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    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I have no idea what a "funky" tone is. Isn't that a style of playing, not a "tone"?
     
  8. peledog

    peledog Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    It is both.

    Any J bass played by a 'funky' player will get the 'funky' tone.
     
  9. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    Yeah regardless of the shape, I've always pined after the streamer stage 2.
     
  10. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I would tend to disagree, for instance my SR4 instantly sounds more funky to me than the sr605 playing the same licks.
     
  11. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Disclosures:
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    So the question is "on which bass does Discharge sound funkiest?"

    To get further out, listen to Jerry Preston funking it up on a BC Rich with double P-bass pickups.
     
  12. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    No! It's on which j bass do 'you' sound funkiest ;) (or find most pleasing when funking it up or listening to it)
     
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    If you don't want a make or model, what are you looking for? That's really what differentiates J type basses.
     
  14. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I want to like J basses, I've owned a few, jaguar/dj5/Fender mim jazz.

    Next on my hit list is indeed a warwick but I just wanted to hear what people think.
     
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Hear what people think of what? A funky J bass with no name?

    Maybe I'm misreading your post, but I'm under the impression that you don't want people to give you recommendations that include the make or model.
     
  16. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I'm sorry if I wasn't clear, regardless of the make or model, meaning I have no preference if it's a modulus/fender/warwick...etc as long as it has J type pups.
     
  17. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I'm quite surprised that this thread was met with such contempt, I really feel that some basses have a tangible "funky" tone :meh:
     
  18. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    No bass is only funky. If it has a nice clear tone, the funk will follow, because the funk will not be denied.
     
  19. oldcatfish

    oldcatfish

    Jan 8, 2011
    Me too. So, I'll try to actually answer it. For passive basses, I'd say the Fender model with the 70's pickup spacing. But the real funky ones are any of the active models. At the top of the list would be the Marcus Miller signature model.
     
  20. Hyper subjective, but to me, a decently hot set of pickups in 70's spacing and maybe even a little fretboard sound ( maple board) gives the vibe ala SLAVE circa 1975. Not modern jazz, but old skool "hot". IMHO. I use a Lakland JO5 with Aero Type 1's which are "big" and passive . Nails it. My other J5 had a few preamps and , to me, passive hot and the right fingers tickling it does it best.
     
  21. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    Sheffield
    For me, passive with 70s pickup spacing. Definitely not active and definitely not scooped mids! YMMV..