Aggressive sounding, Mid-Heavy basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tupac, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Can anyone recommend some basses that sound low, yet very punchy? Not like a Stingray where it seems most of the punch is from twanging highs. I mean something more like a Wal that sounds very aggressive yet not too high. Like this or this. Any ideas?
  2. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts I like bass. And airplanes. Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    The post 2000 and 5-string stingrays have are true stingrays but are way less clacky and very strong in the mids. Yamaha BB basses are awesome too. An active jazz-type is great too, but not my cup of tea. MM Sterlings are great, especially the HH models.
  3. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    How about a G&L L2000?
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Look for double humbucker basses that give you the option to run both pickups in series with each other. That low mid punch comes from series pickups, unlike the traditional paralleled pickups of a Jazz bass setup which have a scooped mid and a bit more up top and way down ow.
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Spector, or a Spector. Perhaps a Spector though. Also try a Spector.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Add a 4 band Audere preamp to pretty much any bass and you can get the tone you want.
  7. Sounds like you need a P+J wired in series.
  8. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Got it, Schecter it is! ;)
  9. Soverntear

    Soverntear Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    try a stingray that is strung with something besides slinkys, plenty of aggression and the highs get under control.
  10. Thumb bass. End thread. Seriously.

    Very mid present and mid forward. Growly. Warm. Punchy. Dark.

    Did I mention end thread?
  11. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Schecter stiletto line is pretty great at that. A good P bass can rock that sound as well. A lot of the "punchiness" comes from the amp EQ, though.
  12. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I second the motion to end the thread.
    Everything that needs to be said about mid focused, agressive basses has been said. Both my Warwick Thumb BO5 or Spector REX5 deliver this in spades. The Warwick will give you more flexibility on the classic rock end and the Spector will give you more flexibility on the heavy metal end but either will growl, snarl, bite and just play nasty with any song you throw at them. Get either one used, The Spector will be a little cheaper but is built every bit as good as the Warwick which is top notch. Play the Thumb before you buy it, some don't like the neck heavy feel but there are some out there that neck dive less than others so don't rule them all out after just trying one.
  13. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Precision bass....punchy,mid heavy......
  14. BrBss


    Jul 9, 2010
    Albuquerque NM
    The bass in the second link was a Yamaha RBX 775. They are discontinued, but go for 250-$300 used.
  15. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    I would say Spector or Warwick.
  16. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast

  17. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Aggressive sounding, mids heavy bass. Jackson JS3 as my pick for top choice. Has excellent lower bass content though one tends to boost it a little for this. I'm running mine with bass about 1/3 to 1/2 boost. Mids flat to boosted. Treble flat or rolled off a little bit. Rich mids. Very articulate to include for the neck pup.

    The warwick thumb if its in your price range.And if you can get on with its weight. Cause they are on the heavy side. As otherwise excellent other choice to try.
  18. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    schecter model t is uber heavy and midy it what the guy from STP played
  19. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    well, it sounds like that first video is trying to cop a Stereo Ric (and doing a pretty good job!)... 4003/1/4?
  20. gbass1


    Sep 3, 2009
    las vegas
    Tobias killer b