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Modulus Quantum question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cjazz50, Apr 10, 2001.


  1. I tried a Modulus Quantum fretted a while back and, like many people, I found it too bright sounding. I just noticed that Modulus offers grenadillo fingerbords and Bartolini pickups as options. How much warmer would the sound be with these options? I really liked the feel of this bass and I like the idea that I would never have to worry about the neck.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Speedbird

    Speedbird Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2000
    Northern Virginia
    The Granadillo made a huge difference in my Quantum Sweet-Spot 4. Mostly I hated the feel of a synthetic fingerboard, but the tone rounded-out/ warmed up significantly. Try to find a model with one for comparison. As for the Bartolinis, I found them to be warmer and funkier than the Rockinroll'ish EMG's, but opted for the Lane Poor soapbar instead (sadly no longer available). Finally, You MUST get the Bartilini (MTMB?) 3-band eq pre-amp (vs the 2-bnd). The tone shaping is far superior, and the midrange knob is excellent at adding a dirt/fuzz/rock element.
    RGDS
     
  3. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    If you tried one with EMGs...im sorry! EMGs shouldnt be even available with that bass, IMO. Ive got a Modulus Q5 with composite board and 3 band barts, and i love this bass. Almost too warm sometimes, but thats a combo of strings, technique, and pickups. With the Grenadillo board, its warm as hell, if you want it to be. I've played 3 quantums with them; two fretteds and a fretless. I wouldnt recommend the wood on anything else but a graphite neck (its pretty soft), but it sounds great on the Modulus.

    Theres a Quantum 6 at BassNW with a 2Tek bridge and satin finished neck/body. Absolutely fantastic bass, i'd probably get it if i were in the market.

    The Barts make a huge difference, and will probably make it warm enough, but the grenadillo helps too. But EMGs on that bass are just terrible 90% of the time.
     
  4. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    Oh Angus, how you hurt me so...;) I love the EMG's in my Modulus and prefer the synthetic sound I get with them. I have played the Bart's and find them lacking in punch, but...to each his own. For you, the Barts seem to be the way to go! I am returning the Spector I just bought, its too warm, and it has the exact same pups at my Modulus, go figure. I think that the EMG's are are truer brand of pickup now due to the fact that they sound great with the Modulus, but horrible with that Spector, they must be simply amplifying the bass' tone, which I guess is a good thing!!! My Modulus is amazingly bright and sterile, just the way I like it, I don't think any other brand(except Zon) is gonna do for me!
     
  5. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Phogchris...nono, dont worry, I loved the tone you got with your Modulus! But, when im playing it...it don't sound so pretty. So GENERALLY, i dont like the tone, but there are exceptions!
     
  6. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Hey what kinda pickups doea steffan use in his old modulus? The green quantim? Man they are warm! I dont know how to find that info out! Iam going to get a modulus to go with my warwick! I like a very bright funk nasty porno sound like my warwick gets for me! So anyone have any clues to what to get with the package? I want a mod quantim 5! Ive played them before and like the sound i get! But i just dont know enough about them to order one! I also like very low settings because i play so much slap funk! Thanks all!
     
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    His has barts! Nice, aren't they? :D

    Warwick and Modulus...could you get anything MORE unlike?!
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :( Sorry to hear that.

    I recently @ Guitar Center & played a modulus (don't remember the model) w/Barts & total synth neck & sounded & played great. I like the feel of the neck alot. I played a couple of Warwicks & I wasent to happy with them!!!! Necks being too bulky. They had a Pedulla Rapture J5 (i think) w/2 bart J's & it was the best playing & sounding bass in the store.

    P.S. I brought my USA NS-5 & compared it to all the basses I played & it was, IMO, the best bass w/the Pedulla a close 2nd. If I were to spend over $2G on a bass again, it'd be a Pedulla.
     
  9. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Ya i like the diff basses! Its more quality than anything else! Id actually use the mod to play softer jazz stuff we do! The warwick just sounds great for my funk stuff! Ive nevere owned a slap bass like my 92 custom crovette pro! But man the mod just have such a pretty smooth sound! My warwick sounds like a porno funk bass! Wouldnt that be fun to get a job making the music for bad porno!
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member


    If you can find an NOS Rapture 5, J2 5, or PJ 5 they can be had for much less than $2000.

    I got this one for $1169.00.:)

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  11. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Ya pedualla makes a mother of a bass! Id like to have one of the penta buzz basses!
     
  12. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Man guys iam really sorry about the spelling today! I generally cant spell very well but thats bad! Ive got the flu today so i think iam kinda in dont give a shhhhiit mode today!
     
  13. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    For reference, I have three Moduli - a fretted 4 with an all graphite neck, used to have EMGs and now has Lane Poors, a 4 string passive VJazz fretless with a Granadillo board and Barts and a 6 string fretless with Lane Poors and a Grandillo board. The Granadillo makes a big difference to the front end of the sound, to my ears - the attack is softer, more 'woody' as you'd expect. I use flats on my fretless 6, and the tone is nothing like 'sterile' or 'cold'. On the four string, the sound definitely warmed up with the LPs, though I still have the EMG circuit in there.

    I would try and find a Granadillo board bass, with either Barts, Seymours or LPs - they will almost certainly be 'softer' sounding than the EMGs...

    good luck - Modulus make amazing basses, and with these new advances in the combination of wood and composites, are offering more and more options tonally - did you get to try the Genesis basses? what did you think? I tried a maple Genesis 5 at the NAMM show that was just stunning...

    BTW, there are loads of soundclips on my site that feature my Modulus basses, if you want a reference...

    Steve
    www.steve-lawson.co.uk
     
  14. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Cool man i will go check it out!