Considering investing in a thump machine

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JES, Dec 6, 2015.


Which would you choose for thump? And why?

Poll closed Dec 20, 2015.
  1. Replace fretless neck on 1979 Fender Precision with fretted neck

    0 vote(s)
  2. Just put some Labellas on my G&L L2000, run passive, roll off treble and bass and front pickup only

    1 vote(s)
  3. Buy a used American standard precision (or other precision)?

    2 vote(s)
  4. Used G&L LB-100, or new one in Empress

    0 vote(s)
  5. Used Lakland Skyline 44-64 Custom

    0 vote(s)
  6. Blow it out and get a Lull P4

    0 vote(s)
  7. build a Warmoth

    0 vote(s)
  8. build a Warmoth short scale

    0 vote(s)
  9. If all you want it for is thump, just go with a cheaper import precision

    1 vote(s)
  10. Carrots, but strung with Labella flats

    0 vote(s)
  1. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Short version: which of the above would you buy to set up as a thump machine?

    My Kala U-Bass has renewed my interest in late 60s and 70s style P-bass funk (Meters, Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Jamerson, Bootsy, etc) and darker sounds. I am using a very bright tone in one band, but could get much thumpier in the other one where I have been using the U-bass. I love the U-Bass but its G string just gets lost in our mix.

    So I'm thinking of either buying or putting together a 4-string thump machine, but the hitch is I really like jazz bass necks. Or at least I think I do. I also like lightweight basses (under 9# seems to be the thing, and good balance matters).

    My favourite necks ever in 4-string are my Modulus Bassstar (jazz profile, thinnish but not Geddy thin), Lull P4, and G&L #8 (beefier than the other two). I was surprised with liking the American Standard Precision neck, though, so I may not be as picky as I think (perhaps I read too much talkbass?).

    My options, as I see them:

    Replace fretless neck on my 79-80 Precision with a fretted neck (Fender? Warmoth?), but then I lose my fretless.
    Build my own via Warmoth's bodies in stock and a custom neck (or go short scale for extra thump)
    Used American standard Precision? But the bridge is high-mass.
    Used G&L LB-100 with #8 neck (or buy a new one in Empress or something)? The problem is the heavy bridge.
    Skip it all and just put some darker flats on my G&L L2000.
    Used Lakland Skyline 44-64 custom, except I'm not totally in love with their neck for some reason, though it could have just been that bass.
    Blow it out and get a Lull P4.

    What would you do?
  2. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    a well made import, with solid hardware, good setup, and labellas (or tapes) will thump just as well as a more expensive instrument.
    With any weakpoints addressed, and inexpensively (electronics/hardware)
    it will work fine as a thump machine as long as the ergonomics (neck profile / finish ETC) fit your needs.

    A Dano longhorn makes a great thumper.

    So would most of the Squier Vintage Modified series

    ESP LTD has some nice ones too
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  3. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i've been using a g&l sb-2 strung with La Bellas, it's not on your list, but it's a little more focused than the LB100 and the L2000 for punchy thumping
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