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Audio comparison of all my basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Addison, Jul 9, 2014.


  1. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    I recently did an audio comparison of all of the basses I own playing the same exact tune (Duck Dunn's bassline for The Blues Bros' "She Caught the Katy"), through the same exact setup, at all the same levels, with some slight tweaks to the on-board settings on a couple basses, just to hear some differences.

    There was NO EQ or compression or anything added in post... what you're hearing is the bass into an amp modeler set to "clean bass", and into my computer.

    It came out pretty well, so I thought I'd share it with everyone!



    If you hit the play button above, each track should play in order.

    Here's the description for each track:

    Track: 1
    Bass: Fender "American Design Experience" Precision
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Weight: 8.5 lbs
    Pickups: Fender Custom Shop '62
    Preamp: None
    Controls: Volume and tone maxed
    Strings: Fender Flatwounds, 45-60-80-100
    Comments: FINALLY... a new lefty P-Bass with a maple board! Fender hasn't done this in over 30 years and this one is a winner. LOVE IT.

    Track: 2
    Bass: Fender "American Design Experience" Precision
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Weight: 8.5 lbs
    Pickups: Fender Custom Shop '62
    Preamp: None
    Controls: Volume maxed and tone at 50%
    Strings: Fender Flatwounds, 45-60-80-100
    Weight: 8.5 lbs
    Comments: Same as above.

    Track: 3
    Bass: Fender "American Design Experience" Jazz Bass
    Body: Ash
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Weight: 8.25 lbs
    Pickups: Nordstrand NJ4SV (hum cancelling)
    Preamp: None
    Controls: Volumes and tone maxed
    Strings: DR Sunbeams 45-105
    Comments: Brand new bass.. LOVE it... totally impressed with what Fender is doing.

    Track: 4
    Bass: Fender "American Design Experience" Jazz Bass
    Body: Ash
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Maple
    Weight: 8.25 lbs
    Pickups: Fender Custom Shop 60's
    Preamp: None
    Controls: Volumes and tone maxed
    Strings: DR Sunbeams 45-105
    Comments: Same as above

    Track: 5
    Bass: Fender "Custom Shop '64 NOS" Jazz Bass
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Capped Rosewood
    Weight: 9.5 lbs
    Pickups: Nordstrand NJ4 Single Coils
    Preamp: None
    Controls: Volume and tone maxed
    Strings: DR Sunbeams 45-105
    Comments: This is the "ONE"... I would gig with it every day if the set lists I play didn't demand a 5-string so much.

    Track: 6
    Bass: Elrick Gold e-volution 5-string
    Body: Ash with Holly top
    Neck: Wenge
    Fingerboard: Wenge
    Weight: 8.5 lbs
    Pickups: Aero Single Coils
    Preamp: Bartolini NTMB
    Controls: Volume maxed, EQ set flat
    Strings: Elrick Steel 45-130
    Comments: This is one of my main gigging basses, alternating with my Pedulla about 40% of the time.

    Track: 7
    Bass: Elrick Gold e-volution 5-string
    Body: Ash with Holly top
    Neck: Wenge
    Fingerboard: Wenge
    Weight: 8.5 lbs
    Pickups: Aero Single Coils
    Preamp: Bartolini NTMB
    Controls: Volume maxed, Passive mode, EQ bypassed
    Strings: Elrick Steel 45-130
    Comments: Same as above.

    Track: 8
    Bass: Pedulla MVP 5
    Body: Maple
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Weight: 9.6 lbs
    Pickups: Proprietary Bartolini PJ
    Preamp: Proprietary Bartolini 2-band with mid-boost
    Controls: Volume maxed, EQ set flat, mid switch off
    Strings: DR Dragon Skin 45-125
    Comments: This is my favorite bass to play live in my most active band.

    Track: 9
    Bass: Pedulla MVP 5
    Body: Maple
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Weight: 9.6 lbs
    Pickups: Proprietary Bartolini PJ
    Preamp: Proprietary Bartolini 2-band with mid-boost
    Controls: Volume maxed, Bass set flat, mid switch off, 40% boost to treble
    Strings: DR Dragon Skin 45-125
    Comments: I was amazed by how much overall tonal change there was just by boosting the treble a little bit.

    Track: 10
    Bass: ZON Sonus BG5 (Billy Gould Signature)
    Body: Poplar
    Neck: Composite
    Fingerboard: Phenowood
    Weight: 9 lbs
    Pickups: Proprietary Bartolini BG
    Preamp: Bartolini NTMB
    Controls: Volume maxed, EQ set flat
    Strings: Elrick Nickel 45-130
    Comments: Out of the bunch, this is the only bass that I feel didn't have a good string match and wasn't set up very well. I'm going to add DR Dragon Skin strings and set it up properly and redo the sound clip.

    Track: 11
    Bass: ZON Sonus Elite 5 Fretless
    Body: Spalted alder
    Neck: Composite
    Fingerboard: Phenowood
    Weight: 9.6 lbs
    Pickups: Bartolini Radiused Humbuckers
    Preamp: Bartolini 918F
    Controls: Volume maxed, both pickups, EQ flat
    Strings: DR Black Beauties 45-130
    Comments: I do not deserve this bass. I'm a pretty bad fretless player and this thing is a work of art.

    Track: 12
    Bass: ZON Sonus Elite 5 Fretless
    Body: Spalted alder
    Neck: Composite
    Fingerboard: Phenowood
    Weight: 9.6 lbs
    Pickups: Bartolini Radiused Humbuckers
    Preamp: Bartolini 918F
    Controls: Volume maxed, bridge pickup soloed, EQ flat
    Strings: DR Black Beauties 45-130
    Comments: Same as above


    Ok, that's it... hope you enjoyed my little experiment.

    I'd love to hear what you think!

    EDIT: Added 3 new tracks!
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  2. bluesdogblues

    bluesdogblues

    Nov 13, 2007
    TY for sharing them here. I haven't got time to listen to all of them, I'll do it later, but I appreciate if TBers doing that (share any sound/video clips and/or pics of the bass), it's always nice to listen and watch instead only read it about music and bass esp for us bass players.
     
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  3. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I only heard the first three, but Fender flats sound awesome. A lot more output than the sunbeams. I suppose it's cuz they're steel and sunbeams are nickel, but the difference is huge.
     
  4. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    No problem... thanks for the kind words!

    Agreed... the Fender flats were a huge surprise to me. I don't generally like flats for a lot of reasons, but these are perfect.

    I think a lot of the volume difference is the pickup, however... the Custom Shop '62 precision pickup is loud and very full-range. It's a great sounding pickup for sure.
     
  5. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Duh. I thought the first three were all the pbass. That pbass pickup is a beast.
     
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  6. deepestend

    deepestend Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 21, 2003
    Brooklyn via Austin and NOLA
    Guitar/Bass Builder and Social Media at Sadowsky
    The P sounded best on this one for sure.
     
  7. acebase62

    acebase62

    Jun 29, 2010
    I agree the P is hard to beat on this song, but they all sounded good.

    Thanks for posting.
     
  8. bluesdogblues

    bluesdogblues

    Nov 13, 2007
    Ok I've listened to them all, All are nice, but perhaps my favorite is Track No.2.

    That about was what I felt first time I try flat wounds on my P-Bass years ago, except it was La Bella Deep Talkin' (that I use until now) instead of Fender. Best sound for almost anything I need IMHO, and contrary to many beliefs, the volume IT IS different and clearer than any rounds I ever used and it comes from the flat wounds instead just the pick up, I've done my own research & tests in msny situations to come at the conclusion ...so I totally converted until now to the flat wounds.
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  9. My favorite is also no.2, but looking forward of listening the two jazz bass no.3 and no.4 with the same flat wounds.
    Thanks for sharing this Addison.
     
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  10. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Madison,Wisconsin
    Track 4 stood out for me (but i'm a sucker for Nordys and Sunbeams)...Track 8 was kill too. Never had my hands on an Elrick. I would certainly like to.
     
  11. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    US
    Great comparison and playing! The P bass slaughtered the other basses! :)
     
  12. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    Thanks guys!

    I added 3 new tracks... One with my FADE Jazz with some Custom Shop 60's pickups and two with my crazy ZON fretless.

    Enjoy!
     
  13. Holy cow, that's a lot of fancy basses in one room!
     
  14. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    They all sound like you. :)

    Thanks for putting in the effort to do this. It really helps when trying to decide on pickups. I wish more TBers would do this even if they don't play as well as you do.
     
  15. Addison

    Addison This time, I didn't forget the gravy. Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Bismarck, ND
    Thanks for the kind words everyone... I'm doing a string order soon, so once I restring and set up the Zon Sonus BG, I'll rerecord that clip and repost.
     
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I suppose I'm biased but the P-bass was easily my favorite (especially with a Duck Dunn line, duh!) Great playing on all instruments. Thanks, Chris!
     
  17. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Very cool. I liked #2, and #4 , #5 and #12 Overall I 'd like to hear #4 w/50% tone - the Fender CS 60's pu sound great! I love tone when it's richly multi-layered.
     

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