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The "Fastest" Bass You've Ever Played

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matdras, May 15, 2012.


  1. matdras

    matdras Supporting Member

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    If you had to choose 1, what is the fastest, most nimble bass you have ever played?

    By fastest, I mean in terms of both hands being able to move at maximum velocity with ease. Feel free to interpret that as you wish...
     
  2. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Supporting Member

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    Ibanez SR800 - just so easy to get around - followed by the SR500.
     
  3. cfsporn

    cfsporn Banned

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    I find I move faster with a bigger neck so it would have to be either my ESP Surveyor II or my Rickenbacker 4003FL with honorable mention to the Steve Harris Precision Bass I tried in the Sam Ash and the Fodera I tried in the Guitar Center. That thing practically played itself though so not sure if it should count.

    Of course, if by "fast" you mean thin; Ibanez SR series </thread>
     
  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    A Status Stealth I think, or maybe a Vigier Passion. Both seem to play by themselves.
     
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  6. sagerbj

    sagerbj

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    Ibanez SR500. The combination of the slim neck, close spacing, and low action make it just super fast.
     
  7. steve f

    steve f Supporting Member

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    Despite the 34.5" scale, my FBass was hard to beat.
     
  8. ShiftyShift

    ShiftyShift

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    Fender Steve Harris Precision. My favorite bass I've ever played.
     
  9. funkyjudge

    funkyjudge Supporting Member

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    Hands-down, it's my LullDowsky 4-string!
     
  10. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    My SSD Spector.

    The 57' AVRI I played earlier today was pretty awesome too.
     
  11. darkstorm

    darkstorm

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    BC Rich Paulo warlock spalted maple and Jackson JS3. Little bit wider then ESP Ltd & Ibanez SR but the back profile makes up for that and theyre necks are just faster easier playing to me.
     
  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

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    NEOhio - lightweight but extremely powerful!
  13. KyleSerlington

    KyleSerlington

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    Ibanez Soundgear, i think it was the 400, i had it back in high school and i loved the way it looked and played but i didn't like the sound of the active electronics
     
  14. Duckwater

    Duckwater

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    I like a lot of necks, usually it's the strings that determine the ease of playing for me.
     
  15. x64

    x64

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    Jackson JS3. Super thin, compound radius, oil finish neck. 'Nuff said.
     
  16. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

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    I think I'd go with a Smith BSR6EG
     
  17. JonahTheAmazing

    JonahTheAmazing

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    Always wonder what those compound radius fingerboards do to more chordal playing around the 12th fret. Have to try one. Also, Tobias Asymmetrical necks might have an effect. Never played a Soundgear either. I need to get some basses.
     
  18. emblymouse

    emblymouse I Dig A Pony Supporting Member

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    Kubicki Ex Factor hands down. 32" scale and Super Sensitive to the touch.
     
  19. RickBlair

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  20. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

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    My 1988 Sadowsky NYC Standard 4..........nuff said!
     
  21. HELLonWHEELS

    HELLonWHEELS

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    all i need is a low action, the right string gauge and a thin neck
     

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