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Which Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. I want to buy an electric bass guitar that has the lush vintage sound.

    Something that sounds like a stand-up.

    Not interested in "punch", "twang", or spikey treble sound.

    Just good old deep rich fat sound throughout.

    In your opinion, what bass guitar would this be?
  2. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    Vintage Ampeg fretless scroll bass.

  3. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
  4. Alexio58


    Nov 16, 2013
    I would go for a Gibson EB-3 or SG bass (SG is a short scale), they have a real sixties sound and only lows, no hights anywhere!
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  6. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    I've got a 1968 Gibson EB3, you're right, it has tons of bottom, but it's not real good a mimicking a stand up that the op is looking for.
  7. Radio Face

    Radio Face

    May 2, 2013
    Fretless J bass, and use the neck pickup and down strokes, using the side of the thumb near the end of the board, to mimic the sound of an upright.
  8. Thanks all.....it doesn't have to perfectly mimic a standup..

    It was just the direction I wanted to go in....

    Something that sounds like the bass used on a lot of Gordon Lightfoot recordings...sort of....

    Jaco Pastorius once said that playing a fretless neck, the strings tend to "eat" the neck.......

    I assume he meant that the strings wear out the neck prematurely....is this true?
  9. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    But if you want to mimic the upright, you would be better off with flats, which don't damage the board (as much).
  10. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    The sound you seem to want would come from a Gibson hollobody EB2 bass, with flatwounds.

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