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Blind test (Sadowsky ~ MTD ~ Warwick ~ JP Basses)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JP Basses, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    I hope Ari won't mind me posting this but he recently recorded some clips with his basses and posted them on "the french talkbass" as a blind test. Some Tbers already had the chance to play cause I Pm'ed them but I can't wait to share it with everybody... I love this game !

    Here are the basses...all recorded direct into the sound card:

    Tulipwood body, burl maple top, wenge neck and board. Recorded with bass and low medium boost, slight treble boost.

    Bubinga body, wenge neck and board. recorded with almost full bass boost and some treble boost.

    Hollow alder body with padauk top and back, flammed maple/wenge neck with mac ebony board. recorded with slight bass boost.

    Ash body with quilted maple top, maple neck and fretboard. Recorderd with 50% bass and treble boost.

    Now here are 4 sound clips, fingerstyle groove. Can you find which clip belongs to each bass???

    clip 1
    clip 2
    clip 3
    clip 4

    Be sure to tell wich clip you prefer too...should be fun when we give the results.


    Peace, JP

    PS: Ari will probably record some more clips with a slap groove.

    PS2: Mike, you can't play on that one !
  2. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Hehe... thanks for making the post JP. I have just a few corrections:

    The mids boosted on the MTD were the hi-mids (switch in top position)

    I think the bass frequency on the singlecut was boosted to 50-60% (after the centre click).

    More clips to follow...


    EDIT: Please note that for each bass, pan pot is at center: 50% bridge pickup, 50% neck pickup.

    EDIT 2: Strings are fresh Sadowsky Stainless steel (045-128). On the JP Singlecut they are DR lo-riders 045-125.
  3. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    Thanks for popping in and correcting the infos.

    Peace, JP
  4. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    44 views and no reply???

    It would be nice if a mod could edit the thread title to:

    "MTD, SADOWSKY, JP and WARWICK sound clips"

    It sure would get more attention.

    Peace, JP
  5. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Couldnt tell you which is which, but I prefer the sound of clip #2. (Please God don't let #2 be the Warwick)
  6. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    unluckly i am at work... no speaker here....:(
  7. TonyS


    Dec 13, 1999
    Another Vote for #2. If all thing are considered equal.
  8. dragonbass

    dragonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    ........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder..........................................................
    I have no idea at all.......

    I think the first clip is the Warwick......after that I'm lost.......
  9. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I, too, think the first one's the Warwick.
  10. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Precision/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I'll take a crack at it. I'm probably way off base on this though since I have'nt heard many recordings or ever have played on any of the above outside of the Warwick. I'd say-
    4.JP Custom

    I tend to feel number 3 sounds the strongest of the 3. How'd I do?:confused: ;)
  11. I agree with FiXer, my answers are identical.
  12. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    hu hu hu ...way off! ;)

    Peace, JP
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Same here, I'll have to wait till I get home, from work... hopefully by then, The answers would be there and I could just consentrate on listening to the tone of the JP SC... That's the one I'm interested in listening too.
  14. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Precision/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    Damn. Did I even come close?
    OK, I'd say as a second guess(unless there's one person customer)-
    3.JP custom
    4. Sadowsky

    Way offf again, huh? ARGH!!!!:bawl: :eek:I give up!!!
  15. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Much better. but I'd like to see more replies befor giving the whole result.

    Peace, JP
  16. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
  17. Fliptrique


    Jul 22, 2002
    Szczecin, Poland
    Endorsing Artist: Mayones Guitars&Basses, Taurus Amplification
    ok. I haven`t read any posts in this thread besides the first one... my guess it:

    clip2 - sadowsky
    clip4 - warwick
    clip3 - JP
    clip1 - MTD

    I`m probably totally off, since I haven`t played any of those basses. To be honest I haven`t played only few basses in my life, and the bigger half were low-end begginer models:(

    ps. - clips 2 and 3 are my choices, but If I had to choose, i would pick 3. is it your bass JP?:)
  18. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002

    3:jp sounds the best it think

    just guesses...

  19. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Man, I'm having so much fun reading those answers!!!

    Peace, JP
  20. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    atleast give us #3...is it a jp or not?
    yes or no..:=)