MTD, Warwick, Sadowsky, JP... slap blind test.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ari, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. Ari

    Ari Guest

    Dec 6, 2001
    OK... last one was a bit too easy so for the "slap blind test" I had to throw in a few more basses!

    (This is the follow-up to this thread.)

    Here are the contenders:

    approx EQ: +20% treble, +10% hi-mids, +90%bass

    approx EQ: +20% treble, +90%bass

    approx EQ: +30% treble, bright switch on, +70%bass

    (see next post)
  2. Ari

    Ari Guest

    Dec 6, 2001
    approx EQ: +50% treble, +50% bass

    approx EQ: +30% treble, +50% bass

    approx EQ: +30% treble, +50% bass

    Same as last time, basses are recorded direct to the soundcard with no drum loops. Each bass has fresh Sadowsky Stainless steel strings (045-128) but the JP Singlecut has DR strings (045-125).
    Pan pot is always at center: 50% bridge pickup, 50% neck pickup.

    Here are the links to the clips:


    So... which clip for which bass? Don't forget to tell which are your favorites.

  3. mjw


    Jun 12, 2001
    Spring, TX USA
    .... just wanted to say that! :)
  4. Hman

    Hman Guest

    Jan 8, 2002
    San Francisco, CA

    1 - Sad. 24F
    2 - Sad. PJ
    3 - JP
    4 - Sad. V5
    5 - MTD 535
    6 - Warwick
  5. Ari

    Ari Guest

    Dec 6, 2001
    Thanks, yours looks nice too!
  6. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Ok...I honestly have no idea except I am pretty darn sure that number 5 is the warwick because once again I think that clip sounds so vastly inferior to the others...I'm not real impressed with 2 either. I would probably guess the MTD on that one.

    Number 1 I will guess the sadowsky PJ...the others I won't even try.

    As far as *my* personal favorite I'd say I really can't pick in this one. In the last test it was obvious to me which sounded best. In this one none of them really thrill me...I'll be curious to hear the results.
  7. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    1. Sad 24f
    2. MTD
    3. Sad vintage
    4. JP
    5. Thumb
    6. Sad PJ
  8. Killdar

    Killdar Guest

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I,m pretty sure 5 is the warwick....My bass has 2 J pickups in a very similar position, so I know what it sounds like. If I'm wrong, well, I'm stupid.

    anyway, 4 is definitely my fave. 6 and 3 aren't too bad, but the others don't do it for me.

    not sure which clips are what other than 5 though.
  9. mad_world

    mad_world Guest

    Nov 3, 2002
    im pretty sure number 5 is the mtd and number 4 is a sadowsky.
  10. mjw


    Jun 12, 2001
    Spring, TX USA
    I'm pretty sure that I like them all, but I *still* prefer my MTD! :)
  11. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I don't really know which is which, but i agree that 5 sounds like doo next to the rest of them. I really liked 2 and 4 the most.
  12. hibeam

    hibeam Guest

    Oct 16, 2002
    I really dig #6....

    wish I could tell what it was!
  13. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Number 3 does it for me. Must be either an MTD or Sad V5. I'm thinkin MTD. God I want an MTD or Sad 5!!!! Someone trade me I got lots O'equipment
  14. JFT

    JFT Guest

    Here's my guess:

    #1 Sad PJ
    #2 Sad 24
    #3 JP
    #4 MTD
    #5 Sad J
    #6 Thumb

    As for the best sounding I'd say either #2, #3 or #4.

    I can't stand #5
  15. floydman


    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    I like 3,6, and 4, but i'm not sure which is which. I'm curious what 5 would sound like with some eq, i don't think it'd be so horrible. or maybe it would I don't know. just curious.
  16. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    5 sounds kinda like a thumb....

    but i really remember my thumb nt/5 sounding much better than that
  17. lump

    lump Guest

    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    Argh. My strings are old, so I can't compare. #6 sounds closest to the VJ5 though. I think. :oops:

    It's NOT #5 though. Good lord.
  18. Going against the consensus here but I'm saying number one is the warwick. #5 is the MTD
  19. 3 has to be the sad PJ. sounds sweet
  20. I've never played or (knowingly) heard any of these basses before - so this is totally cold - here's my guesses based on configuration and construction.

    1 - Sadowsky 24 fret.
    2 - Sadowsky J/J
    3 - MTD.
    4 - JP Hollowbody.
    5 - Warwick. Can even hear you struggling to get your hand around that ridiculous baseball-bat neck! A very fret-ty sound with no low end. Yeuch!
    6 - Sadowsky P/J. I Can hear that P honk in the midrange.

    The Warwick was the easiest to pick out - then the Sadowskys - they all have a family sound. The other two stumped me - Number 4 sounded a little more hollow, with less of that MTD low end evident on the last four clips.


    Oh, almost forgot! #2 is my fav. If #2 is the Warwick, I swear I will post a picture of myself eating one of my filthy, smelly socks!