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Best slap bass out there...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by markbass, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. markbass


    Jul 21, 2006
    I would like to get as many opinions as I can...what is the best slap bass out there!?!?!?!
  2. mikopita

    mikopita Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    I'll put a nod in for the MMan Sterling. Mine smokes for slap tones.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    My favorite basses for slap would be any musicman, the sterling being my bass of choice. Fender Jazzes or any similiar instrument (sadowsky , alleva coppollo) would be the other choice.
  4. Fetusyolk


    Aug 7, 2008
    Easiest slap bass i've played is the ibanez sr500 , good bass (not the best) , but so smooth for slap. haw haw
  5. mokkat


    Jan 22, 2008
    I vote for my own G&L tribute L2000. And Ed Friedland agrees ;)

    I also dig the slapped sound of both jazz and precision basses
  6. No such thing as best as tastes are so subjective. I could nominate something I have and say it's the best, but what's the point? It all depends on what kind of feel you're looking for and a corresponding tone that goes with it. You have Fender tones, boutiques like the Ken Smith, Spector, etc.
  7. Warwick Thumb NT4
  8. markbass


    Jul 21, 2006
    But as i said...I am looking for "opinions"
  9. Pako

    Pako Are we having fun yet?

    Jul 31, 2002
    USA, Montana
    I liked my Fender Jazz J, but found a punchier thump and more usable high end on my Sadowsky that seemed to sit better in the mix without becoming abrasive. I seemed to have to be more careful with the Fender. Part of that I attribute to the ash body and maple finger board. The Sadowsky was an alder body and morado finger board. The VTC on the Sadowsky also helped controlling the high end from being too brittle. I've had similar results with my Skjold as well. There's a lot you can do at the amp, but I prefer my tone to come from the bass without too much tweaking at the head leaving it pretty much flat.
  10. May I be the first to say...
    It's in the hands.

    Please continue
  11. depends on the tone you want or like...

    Warwick thumbs and Ibanez Soundgear basses are two of my favorite all-active basses for slap.

    For hybrid stuff (passive p-up's, active pre) I'd have to say MM Stingrays take the cake with their massive amounts of room for slap. The Marcus Miller signature by Fender has an active pre and passive p-ups too and is of course very good for slap as well.

    For all passive, the obvious choice will be a fender jazz bass. But two others that I'm sure few will agree with me on is P-basses and Rics. Both have very contrasting tones but the uniqueness of them attracts me to their slap tones. Try em all out and see which you like, your hand size and style might point you in a very different direction than most people.
  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The best slap bass is the one whose tone you love the most. My favorite slap tones are: jazz bass; Stingray/Sterling; Ken SMith/Cirrus; MTD.
  13. vince a

    vince a

    Jun 13, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    While shopping for a new Fender bass a while back (all of my basses are Fender), I happened to test drive a Steinberger XS-1 . . . dang, all wanted to do was slap that bass . . . it seemed like a natural bass for slapping . . . low action, great neck, great arm position on it for slapping . . .
  14. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    Jazz Bass hands down. I've owned many that have been mentioned here but I always come back to the Jazz.

    Price, durability, tone etc... can't be beat!

  15. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    Of course, the actual person playing the bass factors in as much as the bass itself, yadda yadda yadda...

    But after seeing (and hearing) this clip, I'd have to say Sadowsky:

    (slap part comes about 17 seconds in)

    It's the tone I hear in my head when I think "slapping"! :)
  16. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    I prefer slapping on a bass with 24 frets...
  17. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Best three in my opinion/experience in no particular order:

    Musicman Sterling
    Fender Jazz with mods (Badass bridge/Brass Nut/Audere JZ3)
    MTD Kingston
  18. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    I like the tone of the basses I own fine, but the bass I was personally able to do the most wankery on was a Lakland 44-01. Much more so than any Fender or MM I've played, and I don't have a reason why that was the case, it just was. As far as sound, the best I've ever personally played was an older (98 or 99) Warrior neck trough.