Best bass comparison vid - Headphones On!

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  1. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    :thumbsup:Hey y’all. Check out this video (it’s not mine). It’s probably the best comparison of several of the most popular bass sounds: Precision, Jazz, Stingray, Rickenbacker, Warwick, and Thunderbird. Be sure to use monitors or a good set of headphones. Wouldn’t hurt to close your eyes while listening to this as well :thumbsup:

    Which do you like the best? Which do you think is the worst? Which surprised you the most?

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022
  2. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    I’d say my least favourite by a long mile is the Rickenbacker. It sounded universally terrible with all the styles, followed closely by the Tbird. I was surprised that the Tbird actually sounded pretty good in slap style!
  3. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    All of em, and none of em. I wouldn't really be able to decide, they all sound great to me. I ever so slightly prefer the Rickenbacker over the others with the pick, and maybe feel like the Rickenbacker is slightly weaker than the others fingerstyle. Slap, they all sound great.

    Otherwise, I'd take any of em, I like how all of em sound.

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  4. incubus2432


    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    I'm a Ric fan but it sounded dreadful. The Warwick appealed to me the most across the board.

    That being said my gear is setup to bring the best outta a Ric so other basses might sound like rubbish when run through it as well.
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  5. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I also feel that the one-size-fits-all approach of the video doesn't really do the individual basses justice, as each one of them may need a bit of coaxing to sound their best. But maybe that's not what the video was about -- then again, what was it about?
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  6. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    It’s about enjoying the sounds of different kinds of basses and then having a fun conversation about it.
  7. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I think there's something wrong with the Ric, doesn't sound quite right to my ears, certainly nothing like mine. Pbass was the overall winner for me in this vid.
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  8. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    I was thinking the same thing. I’ve never owned a Rickenbacker bass or even played one but it occurred to me that if this is what they all sounded like, then it’s unlikely that folks would buy them.
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  9. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    As soon as I saw "comfortable chair" I knew I could watch no further!
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  10. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    It's really noticable in the picking section. Some kind of popping/distortion that's not "normal".
  11. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Based on these recordings, I'd go P bass for finger, Thumb for slap, maybe T-bird for pick and I would sell the Rick immediately.
  12. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    My takeaway:
    Stingrays don't like picks.
    First time I've seen anyone slap a Ric.
  13. Scott Shaw

    Scott Shaw

    Jun 6, 2019
    Listening on computer speaker at work. P always sounds great, Jazz too. I was surprised at how good the Tbird sounded. I'll listen again on some proper equipment when I get home.
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  14. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Johnny Lee Long about 6:50 in.....
  15. Bobbadfinger


    Jan 23, 2020
    Tried to escape the common wisdom, but P played circles in all of them, in any category.
    (Very) far away second, T-Bird. Worst of the bunch, Rick/Warwick, but I'd probably pick the Rick.
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  16. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    Scott's Bass did a comparison as well. Anyway, I think the P bass was my favorite.

  17. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    Agreed, Overall I felt the Wick sounded best to my ears. And not a Ric fan at all, but knowing people that are, I know these basses are a great sounding basses. Not sure whats up with the one in that video.
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  18. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    IMHO, there was a tie.
    Fingers- Jazz and Warwick
    Slap- Jazz and Warwick
    Pick- Jazz and Warwick
    The rest seemed to be pretty meh to me. The Ric was definitely overdriving his recorder when picked.
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  19. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Looking at his wrist makes mine hurt.
  20. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    In this vid, All the active basses with soapbars sounded the best to me and the Jazz style basses came in 2nd. Just not a fan of P basses or Gibsons.
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