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"Clarity"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PasdaBeer, Jan 17, 2006.


  1. PasdaBeer

    PasdaBeer

    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    the hunt is on.....

    The most "clear" solid sounding bass you can think of..

    so far im looking in the direction of Dingwall, Rick, or modulus.

    any other suggestions?
     
  2. I've always felt jazz basses to have a lot of clarity with the right EQ
     
  3. PasdaBeer

    PasdaBeer

    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    i deffintly agree with ya, but the jazz just isnt quite "it" for me.
     
  4. adje

    adje

    Feb 3, 2004
    Alembics sound as clear as a bell - to the extent that people think they're sterile sounding.
     
  5. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Modulus is a great idea you already mentioned. The flea and quantums are clear, great recording basses IMO. Zons are very clear, but I would reccomend a 3band eq with one.
     
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Dingwall. The extended string length and even string tension gives you very clean clear sound down to low B. Its unbelievable.
     
  7. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Skjold!
    The tone coming from Skjold basses, especially now that Pete Skjold is using his own custom pick-ups and pre-amp, is astoundingly clear and powerful.
     
  8. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Dingwall, Skjold, Modulus, and MTD are the first basses that come to mind in the clarity department.
     
  9. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    The most clarity I've ever heard in a bass was my old Curbow Int'l Petite with a purpleheart body, and EMG pre/Bartolini pickups. About as perfect a studio bass as could be imagined.
     
  10. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yup, Skjold for sure. Or MTD.
     
  11. I'll also second or third the Dingwall, Skjold and MTD.
    Dingwall has the scale length and the tight, tight body.
    After playing Mark whites MTD a few weeks back, I was floored on how clear the tone was.
     
  12. You should try an instrument equipped with the Lightwave Pickup system.

    The clarity is almost a detriment to the instrument itself, as it goes a long way in revealing poor technique, especially for me :smug:
     
  13. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    MTD or Zon for me. Hard to imagine something with more clarity than an MTD, IMHO, and the Zon is a pretty close second.
     
  14. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Fender P Bass with rosewood fretboard + tapewound strings.





















    :bag:
     
  15. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    You forgot "rusty".
     
  16. Zon
     
  17. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Never personally touched a Skjold yet, but someday when I have money again, I will, but not until then, 'cause I know what'll happen when I do... :eek:
     
  18. Sir Krimskull

    Sir Krimskull

    Jan 16, 2006
    Germany
    I think Modulus or Sandberg.
     
  19. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Alembic or Zon.
    Check out Trip Wamsley solo album and you`ll know what I mean. The most "pure" recorded bass sound I`ve ever heard.
     
  20. For what I feel "clarity" is, I would have to say:

    Dingwall
    F Bass
    JP Basses
    Elrick

    and most other high end basses I've played.