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Best bass for modern country?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jov1321, Feb 5, 2016.


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  1. Jov1321

    Jov1321

    Feb 26, 2014
    Hey all!

    I recently got into a cover band for a bit of play time and to supplement the income of course, and I'm in the market now for a new 5 string to really capture the low tones that seem to show up more often than I realized. I've got my eye on a Starbass by Warwick but am unsure how the semi hollow's tones will do in that kind of setting.

    Any input would be great!
     
  2. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Might be a good idea to ask in the Country Bassist Club...
     
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  3. slamsinger

    slamsinger Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Coventry RI
    P bass... Just my opinion but they sit great in a mix and sound fat
     
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Same as the best bass for Polka.
     
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  5. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    You will probably NEED a 5 string. Active. Other styles are accepted, but Fender-ish shapes go over better.
    "Modern Country" is FAST becoming pop music, with cowboy hats and a drawl.
     
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  6. fender68

    fender68

    Jun 7, 2011
    Pbass all the way.
     
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  7. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    What I use:
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  8. Bass_Thumper

    Bass_Thumper

    Oct 20, 2009
    Madison, MS
    Believe it or not, it seems like I'm seeing a lot of StingRay 5's being used in modern country, at least live.
     
  9. rob2966

    rob2966

    Oct 19, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Sadowsky. Works for Michael Rhodes and a bunch of other Nashville folks.
     
  10. Becoming? More like became.

    In response to the OP... P-bass tuned BEAD or DGCF.
     
  11. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Yes, this has been this way for many years now. Having said that though, many major "pop-country" Nashville artists' bass players are often seen with fours of all kinds.
     
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  12. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    5 string p bass

    if you're not a fan of the fender look, my spector legend classic 5 string with an emg p and j works well too.
     
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  13. ScarfFace

    ScarfFace Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    La Crosse WI
    I've also seen a lot of G&L L2500's
     
  14. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    It depends if you want to be just another face/bass in the crowd or if you want to really stand out.
    34sfrb4.
    Seriously, these are great-sounding basses and you can get one of these from reverb.com right now for a pretty good price. I just bought a Fender Deluxe PJ last week...if I hadn't, this one would be mine.
    No need to go 5-string.
    It's not just about the sound, it's about the look.
     
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  15. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    N.H.
    Any 5 string Low B bass should do it.
    I'm using an active 5 bass for the New Country band
    I sub with.
     
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  16. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    For "modern" country (aka pop-rock with a twang), I'm going to say get something that looks like a Jazz bass, has 5 strings and contains a versatile electronics package. If you've got the scratch, a Sadowsky or Lakland would be a great choice and of course there's the usual Fender options.

    The Fender look still counts for alot, but on the other hand one of the most active country players here on TB plays a Carvin, so your choices in modern country instruments can be pretty wide open.

    I played mostly 4 string passive basses in my last country band, but our group leaned toward Classic country even in our more contemporary tunes.
     
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  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I lived close to Nashville twenty years ago, and those guys down there were not conservative at all. Places like Corner Music and Rock Block Guitars stocked about every high end bass you could imagine. Last year, I saw a Modern Country band and the bassist was killing it on a Lakland Joe Osborne five string or 55-02.
     
  18. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    We started out Classic Country with some Classic Rock, over time we have incorporated more Modern Country, but most of it still requires a 5 string. I started with a Fender P5, but wanted to go with a lighter bass and yes, I'll admit it, a better B (the P5 had a very good B, certainly good enough). So now it's Roscoe, Dingwall long scale, with a Dingwall medium scale being built.

    That said, I see alot of P4s on the award shows, which is mostly Modern Country.
     
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  19. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    P bass is good for both kinds: country AND western.
     
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  20. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    N.H.
    If funds are low you can string up a 4 string BEAD.
    A friend does it and works well, although you'll
    have to really reach up for high octave licks.
     
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