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7 Basses Shoot Out!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohanSegeborn, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Hi!

    In this clip I'm comparing 7 different basses:


    1. Gibson EB-2
    2. Gibson EB-13
    3. Gibson Les Paul Bass
    4. Stagg (!) EB-3
    5. Gibson Thunderbird
    6. Fender Precision Bass
    7. Fender Jazz Bass

    I'm playing through a Mesa Boogie M3 Carbine Combo with a 12" speaker.

    I would very much appreciate your comments, feedback, critique. How do these basses differ?


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  2. Great video!!! That was really wonderful!!! Thank you very much!!!

    The EB-2 was by far my favourite on the video. If any engineer would ever discourage me from using that, I would punch him in the face!!! That thing was GOLDEN. By the way, was this strung with flatwound strings?

    The Stagg actually also sounded really good, but after the EB-2 my favourite would probably be the Thunderbird. That thing was as nasty as a bad dog from hell!!!

    I also really liked your P-bass.

    Really cool footage on the right side of the video as well.

    I think other would agree that this video could have only been better if you threw a Rickenbacker in there as well.
  3. Thanks! No The EB-2 actually had roundwounds. It is the enormous output of the humbucker that gives a low mid distortion that muds out the highs. If I back down on the mic volume it gets brighter.

    I'm gonna try to get my hands on a Rickenbacker ASAP, thanks for the tip!


  4. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Really a fun video! With the amp settings you were using, the Gibbys all had a lot of attitude, and I think that showed how the humbuckers could be used to advantage. The Fenders both sounded pretty polite by comparison.

    A Jazz style bass will probably always be my main bass for the type of music I play most, but those big old humbuckers can give a sound that other basses can't.

    I'm sure that video took a ton of effort to make. Thank you!
  5. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Nice job, Johan! I enjoyed that immensely. I'm a Fender guy, but that EB-2 sounded fantastic. I fully expected to prefer either the Thunderbird or the Les Paul to the EB's, but felt the EB-2 slayed both of them. Of course, that's just one man's opinion.

    For what it's worth, I feel you can get a better sound from the Fender P by removing the pickup cover. That's my preferred "sweet spot" on a Precision, and the cover, while looking cool, just gets in my way. (Again, just my opinion. Maybe no basis in fact!) ;)

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to do that comparison. I now have an even better appreciation for the EB-2.
  6. REV


    Jun 18, 2006
    Great Vid. Love that EB-2.
  7. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Great vid and very enjoyable. Assuming you left the Carbine settings the same bass to bass.
    I would love to see how those basses compare in a less over driven mode...more of a round tone setting.
    But again, very good video and your playing was very tasteful and definitely brought out the character of each bass.
  8. Thanks Jeff! You're quite right about the pickup cover, the precision tends to get a bit muddy played to close to the neck (if you're not "tapping" like Geezer Butler in Black Sabbaths early work).

    Cheers! Johan

  9. Thanks for the kind words, REV, Runnerman, Jeff K and WoodyG3! I appreciate it!
  10. jbednarski

    jbednarski Supporting Member

    May 31, 2010
    Chicago area
    EB2 and the Jazz were my faves and I'm a P guy forever?! I just got a Midtown and it comes close to the EB2 without the cost of a used one. I loved that you actually played a tune for the demos instead of just noodling like a great many demo vids do. Thanks for doing this!
  11. Excellent video!! Very useful, and entertaining. Cheers. I'll always be a Fender fan, but I was really enjoying the Gibsons, particularly the Les Paul.
  12. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Great video, and great job!

    I’ll give it another listen to better note the various bass tones, but I know the P and J didn’t disappoint.
  13. Very cool and educational, even for this 35-year bass vet.

    EB-13!!! Wow.

    Interesting contrast between the "Gibson" tone and the "Fender" tone.

    I'm now on the hunt for a Stagg EB-3 clone.
  14. Terrific job, man. I'm a Fender guy, but liked the EB-2 a lot. The video also was very professionally done.
  15. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Wow, great work. Like everybody else, I thought the EB-2 was gorgeous. I certainly wouldn't mind the Stagg EB-3 or the Gibby EB-13...or any of them for that matter. On my weak computer speakers, I thought the Thunderbird was a little much. Are those pickups really high? It seemed harsher than I'm used to (and I say this as a former owner of a T-Bird); of course my memory could be off or it could just be a difference in technique if I wasn't going for an Entwistle tone.

    Fun fun video. Thanks for making it!
  16. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    These types of videos are fantastic. Like this one:

    Everyone with the basses/means to record this type of thing totally should.

    Great job.
  17. Hi smperry!

    Thanks! Since I lovered the strings it lost some bottom end. Check this clip out where I aim for a Gene Simmons mid 70s tone with higher strings. Recorded with the cam mic.


    Cheers! Johan

  18. Thanks! Didn't know Gibson made a "resissue" of the EB2. Cool. Maybe you can post a clip where you play it, so we can check it out?

    Cheers! Johan

  19. Thanks for the kind words, MightyMiloQuinn, Marko5657, electracoyote, Pet Sounds and 3234718! You made my day, I tell you!
  20. RyanJD


    Apr 19, 2011
    Your accent is almost as awesome as the basses and your playing in this video.
    Are you from Germany? (Just a guess.)

    Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed it!

    All those sick classic bass tones...
    Oh man.