Best Tonal Variety

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grant22, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Grant22

    Grant22 Groovin' the gospel

    Oct 29, 2005
    Winter Garden FL
    I know this will be purely subjective, but I was wondering what basses you guys think have the greatest variety of tones.

  2. G&L L-2000:)
  3. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I saw a pic of a bass on here a while back with MM, J, P was just missing soapbars.

    I think that'd win the award....
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Musicman Bongo
  5. Manol

    Manol Too Sexy To Be Left Handed.

    Oct 9, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Anything with a P/J setup is pretty versatile.

    I recommend the Fender P-Bass Special MIM.
  6. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Yep, I was gonna say that.

    Pretty much anything with humbuckers, preferably coil tappable, and an active EQ IMO.
  7. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I'd have to say an Alembic Series instrument or a Fodera with a Mike Pope preamp would have to be up there.

    Go Seahawks!!!!

  8. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    +1 Depending on the configuration you buy. It has a 4-band EQ standard and it's available with ...

    * 1 Humbucker
    * 1 Humbucker & 1 Single coil
    * 2 Humbuckers
    * 2 Humbuckers & 1 Piezo

    ... Mine is the Double buck w/Piezo. I can't think of a tone I can't get out of this thing.

    The G&L's are also right up there for tonal variety.

    A sleeper is the Ibanez Roadgear -- crazy pickup switching options! (Check this out)
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Skjold, all the way.
  10. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    G&L definetely, although a J is pretty versatile, and the variax bass was built for versatility, so although ive never played one i could understand them being quite versatile.
  11. DojoMaster


    Aug 3, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    The F Basses have a tremendous amount of tonal variety. They have two pickups, which can be single or double coil...volume/volume like a traditional jazz, plus bass, mid, and treble. In addition, a passive/active switch, plus a master tone that works both in active and passive mode. You can get full funk slap, the Jaco thing, the deep dub thing, whatever you want. The only thing it can't do seemingly is the bridge pickup StingRay thing, but that's why I have one of those, too! ;-) Seriously, other than a fretless, those two basses are all I need. I use the F for lots of gigs and's my main bass for just overall practice, and in my jazz band. The StingRay 5 is for my rock/pop band to get that extra cut live that I need since I go direct. I haven't worked with the F long enough to find that slice the StingRay provides.
  12. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    BC Rich NJ series
  13. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    My Vigier Arpege has so many tones it's mind boggling. It gives you 11 preset ROM tones which you can alter with a pickup blend, tone pot for the bridge pickup and an in/out of phase. You can even bypass them if you like. There's so many tones available in this instrument it'll drive you crazy deciding which ones you like. The possibilities are endless.

  14. adept_inept


    Jan 9, 2006
    that roadgear seems like a versatility machine.

    P/J is naturally very versatile.

    and single MusicMan Humbuckers IMO are the most un versatile. i just end up with the same loud, brash, and harsh sound.

    eqs help for versatility, but typically just as much as a good amp will.

    i'm a big passive fan. do as much as you can passive on the bass. leave the active stuff for the amp.
  15. Another vote for any bass with a P/J pickup set.
  16. tangobass


    Jan 15, 2005
    Line 6 variax bass or fender roscoe beck
  17. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    g&l asat/L 2000- same electronics.
  18. xparis001


    Jun 10, 2003
    Worcester, ma
    Product Manager, Akai Professional
    I think my Musicman Sabre is probably the most versitile for usable tones.

    I used to own a wal. that was a badass for variety, but that thing could make sounds that basses just shouldnt make.
  19. Piedro


    Jan 23, 2001
    Montréal, Qc, Canada
    Endorsing Aguilar Amp product.
    i've tried a Yamaha Nathan East 5 and Whoa!
    it offer a lot of possibilities.. if only it was 35 inch scale!:rollno: look for the spec on the yamaha web site...
  20. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Another vote for MusicMan Bongo with two humbuckers and piezo bridge.