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Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pica, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    With all the different bass manufacturers and all the different makers of pick-ups, is there really a difference in sound between basses or do all basses pretty much sound the same? Just curious.
  2. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    Many, MANY massive differences.
  3. kikstand454


    Sep 28, 2012
    Vast even.
  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    The differences can be astronomical.
  5. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    I have three different basses from three different companies and all three sound different.
  6. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    ... But they all sound like bass guitars
  7. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    Yes............they do.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    among bassists, all the nuances sound vastly different.
    among the rest of the world, as my band director has told me, "bass is bass"
  9. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    Different basses may sound vastly different form each other, anything form a dull low pitched thud, to a treble only high pitched scream, playing the same note.
  10. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Count me in with this school of thought. IMHO, while the differences in bass sounds can be large and different, most sounds can do most of the work. In other words, a musical context has to be very specific for the general public (or even a lot of non bass playing musicians) to wish for something different. The bottom line is a good quality P-bass can do 95% of what is needed, with the basic choice of flat or round wound strings making the real difference.

    That said, I firmly believe that the bass tone is extremely important for the bass player to be comfortable with their work and play their best. And that might mean some searching for the right bass/string combination.
  11. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    In the same way that a Gibson Les Paul doesn't sound like a Fender Stratocaster, a Gibson Eb0 doesn't sound like a Fender Jazz bass, and sometimes the difference is much more dynamic than that comparison.
  12. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    And while many basses sound very different from each other, you can still get close to any given tone or sound on most of them with a few knob adjustments, as well as playing technique.
  13. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    Its crazy how many different sounding basses there is out there. One company does stand out above all the rest????????????.
  14. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    Your right Marko, in my head even my Pbass is a world away from my Jbass, but probably not to someone in the audience.
  15. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    Stone, that question could be asked about electric guitar too, the answer would be no.
  16. Skeeter1


    Oct 24, 2012
    I explain it to my wife that basses (and guitars for that matter) are like apples. By definition they are all at their core the same and their flavor or sound is that of an apple. But their are differences in flavor and texture that make one or the other more suitable for the purpose. Like Granny Smiths are good for cooking, or Red Delicious are sweeter whereas Fiji is a little firmer textured.
  17. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    Please don't hate me......... cause I understand why people would buy it, ... a Fodera Emporer Deluxe goes around $11,000.00 dollars, and a SX Ursa2 is around $170.00 dollars, both new, and people buy both, and ...yeh, both sound like bass guitars
  18. An old Toyota and a Ferrari will both get you from point A to point B too. I would personally go with the Toyota, but that doesn't mean that Ferrari lovers can't go with their transportation of choice (if they can afford it).;)