Which one to gig with?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by casotti1, Jan 30, 2014.


  1. casotti1

    casotti1 Supporting Member

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    Ok if you had a choice to take to a gig with you regarding performance, cutting through, tone and reliability amongst other things, which one would it be?
    -steinberger xl2
    -Warwick thumb nt4
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Either would be fine but the Thumb gets the nod from me purely for aesthetic reasons ;)
  3. punkjazzben

    punkjazzben

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    I would definitely take the Thumb :)
  4. casotti1

    casotti1 Supporting Member

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    I think as different as they are in all ways, people are more conscious of appearance. Perhaps if the xl had the looks of the thumb it may be a bit different?
  5. Slade N

    Slade N Previously sizzle Supporting Member

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    never played the xl but love my thumb
  6. Blue_Whistle88

    Blue_Whistle88 Supporting Member

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    It'd be the Thumb for me too. They're famous for having a very cutting mid-range, and sit really well in any mix I find. They also look better IMO, though the neck dive might introduce palyability issues.
  7. joebar

    joebar Supporting Member

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    thumb FTW
  8. ZachariahLee

    ZachariahLee

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    I'll choose the other one so it's feelings won't get hurt.
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I'll choose the other one just because Warwicks have a bit too much growl for me (and I like a bit of growl).

    If it was just on looks, I'd go with the Warwick, but honestly I'm not a fan of the looks of either of those basses.
  10. Sartori

    Sartori

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    Warwick, but I suppose the Steinberger could be a backup.
  11. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    I've never gigged a Warwick, but I can say that I always found it amazingly easy to get good results with my Steinberger XL2. It was my go-to gigging bass for years. Compact, rugged, and stays in tune for weeks - literally.
  12. casotti1

    casotti1 Supporting Member

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    Interesting range of responses.. I love both. There is something about the xl2 emg humbuckers and unique construction, yet the thumb with its own unique construction, eq, pickups and woods that are special as well
  13. BioWeapon

    BioWeapon

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    As with the others, Thumb all the way.
    Very distinctive tone, great for cutting through. But hell, that Steinberger is small enough to bring to the gig in your back pocket as a backup, right? ;)
  14. casotti1

    casotti1 Supporting Member

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    It sure is! And it's got all the low end you need
  15. xkomo

    xkomo

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    Thumb all the way
  16. Din Of Win

    Din Of Win

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    Thumb's up!

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