looking for a bass for tapping/slapping/popping

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jzucker, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    For solo bass stuff...

    prefer a thin neck if possible (both in width and thickness), probably maple.

    How a musicman be a good candidate? Anyone know the radius on those?

    What's the diff between a sterling and a stingray?

  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    As i was reading your post i was thinking 'sterling' then i read the second half and i know, sterling.

    The sterling has a skinnier neck, more versatile electronics, and a smaller body, and 22 frets. The radius is 11" i believe.
  3. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Thin maple neck and great for slapping......that can only be one bass! The Fender Geddy Lee!

    Great bass for that. The Badass II bridge also gives you that extra attack and snap great for slap style.
  4. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I suggest you to check a Peavey Cirrus (used ones sell quite low). Killer basses with excellent playability. They´re great for slapping / tapping.
  5. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    what's the radius on that?
  6. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    9.5 " radius on the Geddy.....one awesome bass :)
  7. Personally I don't feel comfortable tapping on a Fender-style bass, nor a bass with less than 24 frets. So whenever I tap, I do it on my Warwick. For slapping and related techniques, on the other hand, almost anything goes. So if I were you, I wouldn't be looking at a Music Man or a Fender Jazz as a do it all bass. They are both great slap and fingerstyle basses, though.
  8. burgerme


    Mar 3, 2006
    Three words for you: Status, Status, Status... :D
  9. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    You and those Musicman basses eh?


    +1 though

    These basses are incredibly versatile.

  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    You have no idea how much i <3 these basses :)
  11. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
  12. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i find it too hard to tap on the 9.5 fender radius.
  13. jzucker


    Feb 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    incidentally, i started transcribing Victor Wooten's Norwegian Wood today. (On guitar).

    I was surprised that his low string was an A. Is that how he always tunes?
  14. JKwo


    Jan 12, 2006
    That would be one of his tenor basses.
  15. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    A Peavy Cirrus is a good bass for those things. The highs are smooth, but the setup of the neck and playability are great. As soon as I got my Cirrus, I started using tapping a lot more often, because it was easier.
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I can tap just fine on my Geddy Lee, despite the small radius.

    But a bass with a flatter fingerboard is more ideal for tapping.

    Out of the basses that I own, my Cirrus is the best for tapping. It has a 15" radius, IIRC.
  17. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    +1 on the cirrus, factory fretjob lets you get sick low action. If you want to get into solos 24 frets and active eq are going to give you a lot of posibilities without having to change between basses.
  18. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    I should have bought that cirrus 4 i saw in store long ago.
  19. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I'm amazed no-one has said Kubicki yet!

    Thats what I'll go for, since I got mine my tapping has gone through the roof!
  20. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    As much as I like Music Man and quality Fender-style bases; if high octane tapping is yr bag, I'd look in another direction. I think the Ibanez SR 900 is the way to go depending on your budget. I've checked out a couple and was really impressed. The narrow string spacing is not quite my bag but if tapping is yr thing, I say this bass is ideal for you. It also won't break the bank. And have you seen the see-thru black version? Stunning!

    Otherwise I have to agree with the others about the Peavey Cirrus.