The Best Slap Bass On The Market

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  1. mesaphlin

    mesaphlin

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    Hello TBs...

    I know that it is wrong to say like what is the best suitable bass for the slap technique. I know that it is the style not the bass.

    But I would like to purchase a bass guitar especially for the slap/pop technique not for the fingerstyle. That cripsy, hi-fi sound of the slap/pop just important for me I must add.

    There are some of my favorites of brands like...

    Sadowsky UV70 4-string Bass
    Status Graphite Paramatrix etc...

    Would anyone add more to that list if I may ask please? Maybe I forgot some important brands here...

    :bassist:
  2. Bassic Playing

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    I'd say the two really 'classic' sound comes from jazz basses and stingrays.
  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

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    I'd probably add the Music Man Sting Ray and Fender Marcus Miller Signature to your list.
    Although not as well known, the Carvin Sekou Bunch and Carvin B24 and B25 Brian Bromberg basses are great for that style.
  4. bluesdogblues

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    I think the OP needs the contrary of "classic" slap sound, the more modern hi-fi sound instead.

    How about Alembic/GB guitar or Status Graphite like Mark King? :D
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  6. mesaphlin

    mesaphlin

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    I forgot one brand to add actually...:

    Kubicki Factor
  7. MrLenny1

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    Fender Jazz bass is the best I've heard.
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    4x10 XL cabs and a mean thumb.
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Anything with single coil jazz pickups.
  9. SeayBass

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    single coils. or coil
    many stingrays have a slider switch to select ll, series, and single coil, which effectively gives you a more vintage slap (humbucker) and the more contemporary (single coil).

    Other basses may have single/humbucker switchable pickups that allow you to select either a J sound or PJ or MM J type sound. These offer the most flexibility.

    But if you want to cop the sound of, say Marcus Miller, 2 single coil pickups (J bass type) is how you do that.
  10. Zoa

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    Stingray, Jazz or perhaps Modulus IMO.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky is an excellent choice. The UV is a slightly modern take on the traditional J-bass slap tone. If you want a more modern slap tone, check out the Sadowsky 24 fret model.

    I'd also recommend Nordstrand basses.

    If you want a more modern super-crisp slap tone, look into Ken Smith and MTD.
  12. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    I like the EBMM Sterling slap tone (ceramic magnets) better than the Stingray slap tone (alnico magnets). And I like the slap tone on either of those better than a J bass slap tone.
  13. sharpbass

    sharpbass Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky is an excellent choice for this application.
  14. mmbongo

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

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    A Brubaker would be my first choice.
  15. mesaphlin

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    When we talk about the Sadowsky UV 70, there are two options: single-coils and humcanceling PUs.

    Some says that humcanceling PUs are better than single-coils for slap. Is there that much difference between those two PUs?
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    +1. Both single coils and hum cancelling sound great for slap in with a Sadowsky. Hell, the soapbars do to.

    I don't think there is a BEST slap bass for everyone.

    My 1972 Jazz with maple neck is a slap machine and so are my dual coil Duncan equipped Foderas. MTDs are great for slapping as are Stingrays, Modulus and many others IME.

    Personal preference plays a big part in this for sure.
  17. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree that a Sadowsky UV70 would be a great choice, I'm going to add Lakland's 4-94 or 55-94 to the mix---IMHO it has a very flexible preamp and great pickup configuration choices

    JJ
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    MM alone
  18. Jaco D

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    Pretty much this. Oh yeah, Seay: just looking at your avatar my knees start to buckle :atoz:
  19. bass12

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    Depends on the slap sound you're looking for. From my personal experience, I will go against the grain and say that I hated my Sting Ray (maple fingerboard) and my Status for slap. On both those basses the low end would drop out when switching to slap to the point where I might as well have been playing a guitar. Having said that, each bass will sound a little different and it could be that I just had bad luck with both those basses (and that other Sting Rays and Statuses would work great for slap). I've loved the majority of MTD 535s I've owned for slap but the two with maple fingerboards did the same thing as the Sting Ray - the bottom end disappeared when switching from fingers to thumb. Love both my Sadowsky ash/rosewood and Lull M5V ash/maple (with Sadowsky preamp) for slap.
  20. Twocan

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    The greatest sounding bass for slap IMO is a Kramer DMZ5000. Monster tone!
  21. styro

    styro Supporting Member

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    My list would be:
    • Status Graphite: apparently you know about their unbeatable quality and tone
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    • MTD Andrew Gouché Model (you find it on their price list http://www.mtdguitars.com/price-list/): distinctly different sound than the "ordinary" MTD basses and for sure a high end hifi monster! An incredible piece of art!

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