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Jazz Bass sound in a modern shape

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ben Rose, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    I'm looking for a bass that sounds like a 70's jazz, but is in a modern body style. I guess my biggest requirements are a maple fingerboard, very flat neck, no big azz heel block, and a small body. I'm looking for a 5 or 6 string. Could it be as simple as an FBass BN5? Is there anything that does it better? Is there anything that does it for less $$$?
  2. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    i know many will disagree, but i was going to say F Bass BN5
  3. RE:PEAT


    Jun 24, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Pedulla Rapture :hyper:
  4. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    I've been testing out an MTD Grendel that is just great!
    Incredible slap machine. I just put Chrome flats on it to try out at practice tonight.

    Slim neck, smallish body, very well made. You could rip out the Barts and put Lindy's or some other type of J pu's to get that tone...
  5. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Grendels are awesome slap machines, there is a loop playing when you reach my site that is a Grendel- for some reason i cant hear it using Safari web browser, my im told it is still there. They are a little chunky for me, for great , great tone.
  6. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    Do they make Grendels with maple fb's. I'll have to check out the site. I know that Celinder makes non-jazz style basses as well, but I'm not sure what price rane they are in. There is also the Benevente Vortex model. I like the Benevente's I've played, but they have had the ultra modern sounding Bene electronics in them. Maybe a VV with a Greengrove or Sad pre. I'd like to find a company that is known for making killer JBasses, but also makes other instruments. Can anyone comment on Marleaux?
  7. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Grendels are no longer made- they were available with maple or wenge boards- if you want new, Saratogas are pretty close, but i think its Basswood instead of Poplar and the fingerboard choices are rosewood and maple- you will spend BIG bucks on a Celinder. IF you can find one, anywhere on the planet.
  8. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    Yeah, I'm feeling that this will probably have to be a custom order. I know a guy in town with an ash/maple BN5. Maybe we can swap F Basses for a few days so I can check it out.
  9. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Chris Stambaugh makes amazing custom instruments, and they're reasonably priced.

  10. Moo

    Moo Banned

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    It's still there if you know where to look ;)

  11. +1

    I just bought a Stambaugh and I asked for a certain tone and Chris nailed it for me. I swear that's his best quality. Ask for a certain look and sound and he can deliver. Cheap for a custom too! Check out http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2229670&postcount=934 for a look see!
  12. Fretless5verfan


    Jan 17, 2002

    I've got a chance to play a couple Fbasses, and they both did the J sound (what i feel the J sound is...) pretty well.
  13. MAN that is the exact slap sound I'm looking for. Where can I find more info on the bass in this MP3?

    Edit: Nevermind, I just saw that you said they dont make them anymore.
  14. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    +1 on both FBass (a very modern take on a J Bass... especially in single coil mode) and also Chris Stambaugh... incredible quality, totally custom, priced very reasonably (I think that might not last!).

    Also, most custom basses that have the 'dual coil' pickups like Aero's and Seymours with a coil tap switch tend to do the J Bass thing pretty well in single coil mode.
  15. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    click on my sig....

    My Brubaker has a sweet jazz tone all the way. Meets you other requirements as well. If not the one I'm selling, check out the new NPB4's that just came out. They are not carved top, but have the same body shape, and a flamed maple pickguard for a more jazz bass vibe.
  16. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Ristola Instruments Professional series bass (pictured below).


    This bass nails the jazz bass on steriods sound. One of the best playing basses I've played as well.

    Chris Stambaugh can build you a custom job that could do what you're looking for as well.

  17. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    That Brubaker is sweet, but I need at least 5 strings. I haven't seen any Ristolas before; that attachment looks hot. I love sunbursts. I may have to shoot Chris Stambaugh an email. Thank for all of the ideas, guys.

    I think I might have to look into Kinal as well. I didn't like the one I played at NAMM, but that may just have been the combination of a high set-up and chambering. So many people rave about them. I have only played 2 basses with chambered bodies that sounded good to me.

    I know this is blasphemy, but I don't think the FBass electronics package is what I'm looking for. Keep in mind that I already play a BN6 with an ebony board and it is a killer, but I'm looking for something that sounds more like the Sadowsky clips Adrian posted earlier, but without going to a traditional or even dinky Jazz shape..something with a brighter sound that has more spread than my F.
  18. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I feel like I've got a freaking chameleon in my F Bass BN6. I can get a lot of variation in tone out of it, including something along the lines of what you've explained.
  19. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I think one of the best sounding basses is the F Bass. I would definitely recommend checking out is the Ken Smith Jazz bass. Not a Ken Smith design. I think it's called the BSRJ. Neck feels like a jazz bass with Ken Smith electronics and craftsmanship. Can't go wrong with that combination
    villis likes this.
  20. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member