Favourite bass for slap?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zortation, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. J bass

    37 vote(s)
  2. P bass

    10 vote(s)
  3. Ray

    27 vote(s)
  4. Carrotbass

    18 vote(s)
  1. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    What bass delivers the best slap tone in your opinion?
  2. I really dig the Carrotbass' earthy timbre.
  3. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Whatever he's playing:

  4. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Spector Forte
    Fender Jazz
  5. I voted P bass because I love how absolutely raunchy it sounds when you slap it. Plus, I find that P basses require little to no eq-ing in order to sit well in a mix, regardless of how I play them. That being said, I do love the sound of slap bass on Jazzes and Stingrays. I imagine that if I owned all three, whichever I would favour would almost always depend on the context and on my mood.
  6. That's easy. My slightly modded (Badass Bridge) '75 Jazz Bass, always with my trusty, old-school clip-on Sadowsky Preamp. Hands down, it has the most beautiful tone one could ask for, or want. The only thing I would change? I wish it were a 5-string. Because if it were, I'd never, ever play my current 5'ers. And that's sayin' something..... Pre-Gib Tobias Classic 5, and my Carvin LB75 (Koa/maple), that's literally neck & neck to my Tobias, as far as tone/playability.
  7. leojazz

    leojazz Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Boston MA
    70's Fender Jazz Bass Slap sounds absolutely perfect!! No doubt!!
  8. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    I voted carrot bass because i think any bass will give a good slap tone if your good at slapping.
  9. Jason Hall

    Jason Hall

    Jun 21, 2012
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I voted ray. All things equal, non modified, etc a ray has the scooped sound and feel that begs to be slapped. Honestly though I'd never by a bass just for slapping purposes, any one will do.
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Music Man Sterling H in Parallel mode with a little scoop dialed in on the EQ. I would definitely put it up against any J bass.
  11. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Hell. I'm a Jazz Bass guy. And I suck at slap anyway. And my Jazzes are modern, not 70s spacing.

    But slap just jumps out on a Stingray, compared to my basses. Slap is only an occasional part of my repertoire, so I’m not changing basses for what I find to be a narrow functionality, but Stingray does slap!!
  12. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    "Witch Doctor" by Garaj Mahal. I think this is the best P bass slap tone EVER. I vote P bass.
  13. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    P/J bass with the P pickup on 100%, and the J pickup rolled off a bit
  14. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Same as my favorite bass for everything else. Rickenbacker 4001/4003.

    Or the Carl Thompson basses Les Claypool uses.
  15. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I've heard some of the most amazing slap tones come out of a 4001 with flats. Alembics have a really great slap sound as well.
  16. bellrach


    Aug 26, 2012
    G&L L-2500 all the wayy!!:D
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Hofner Beatle bass with flats.
  18. This x 10000

    I'm not saying I'm good at slap but I got a good sound out of a scooped P bass and then a good slap sound out of a Warwick with cranked mids.
  19. +1, mmKay?

    My fave bass for slap is an Ibanez Roadstar modded with an ATK bridge/pup.

    That or my Squier Jag HB.

    SO, Carrotbass got my vote.
  20. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member


    My 1973 Jazz is as good as it gets IME.