best bass for tapping

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by freakyfrog, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. freakyfrog


    Jan 12, 2008
    What's the best bass for tapping I can get for under 300 bucks? Preferably 5 strings or more?
  2. mrufino1


    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    A strat? Just kidding. Anything with low action I would think.
  3. cricketfever32

    cricketfever32 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Meridian, Idaho
    try to save a little bit, and then ebay a carvin 6 stringer for around 400-500 bones, amazing basses in my opinon, and tapping machines
  4. Thunderthumbs73


    May 5, 2008
    It is possible to buy a Five String bass for under $300 for sure, but also plan on spending some money to have the bass set up well (low action and perhaps a new set of light guage strings...) to allow that advanced technique to be easy as possible. As to the question of which one is "best" I don't know who, if anyone, can answer that definitively.
  5. Some basses are better than others, but I don't think there is much noteworthy in that price range.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I will keep collecting until I have 40 basses
    Get one with a 3 band active circuit, low action and round wound strings.
  7. kebbs

    kebbs Modus vivendi

    Aug 30, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    I apologize if this is a dumb question - but will a bass that is ideal for tapping will also be ideal for slapping?
  8. Thunderthumbs73


    May 5, 2008
    I would say there is a decent likelihood for this, though in terms of sound, you make like the tapped sound on a bass, but not like it's slapped sound. Or vice-versa. In general, I find low action essential to both these techniques. Someone else may totally dissagree, however...
  9. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    The ones with strings are usually best.
    Broad answer to a broad question.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  11. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    Squier Deluxe Active J 5. I've slapped that mother like no tomorrow.
  12. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    Okay let me specify that. (Like freakyfrog I'm also interested in buying a bass especially for tapping.)

    scale lenght? 34" - 35" - ...
    body? solid (heavy) - solid (light) - hollow body - ...
    strings gauge? light - medium - heavy - ...
    string type? flatwound - halfwound - roundwound - ...
    string material? steel - ...
    pickups? precision - jazz - active - piezo - ...
    pickup position? ...


    Oh yeah, and let's say there isn't a fixed budget. ;)
  13. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    Dude: Lakland


    Maple neck.

    You're welcome.

    OR P-bass with maple neck and EMG pickup.
  14. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    Any bass can be made to tap, but it depends on the style you are wanting to play and the tone you are looking for. The comments here are all valid, but different.

    Just looking at to exponents of the tapping art throws up different approches.

    Stu Hamm:
    34" scale Fender Urge (sig model), 3 pickups (2 J and one P), active (I think?), doesn't use compression (apparently). He used to use Urges and Kubicki's with 32" scale too. Sets his amps flat with slight low end lift, but his tone has that Jazz bass mid scoop.

    Billy Sheehan:
    34" Yamaha Attitude (sig model), 2 pickups (P and EB-O neck woofer) wired to 2 separate SVT amps, light overdrive, ton of compression with plenty of mid range and muted high end.

    It is interesting to note however that they both have relatively small radius fretboards, probably due to the fact they are both based on Fender designs.

    So 2 different artists, with completely different tones and approches. There is no right answer, but by the looks of it a Fender of some description may be a good start, just set it up appropriately, set your amp flat and you should be good to go, perhaps try a little compression too.
  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    anything 24 fretts or more, and set up properly...

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