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My next bass - Slap Happy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FunkyLemz, Nov 25, 2005.


  1. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I have recently written a post reguarding basses with awesome slap tones and now I was wondering what you guys would say is the next bass I should pick up -to try/buy. I already have a Stringray 4 and a Fender Jazz Deluxe V (American). In the last post, I was told to get a jazz and I did so and that was such a great decision. Man, I love that thing! I was considering a Thumb, but then I was told that the weight was just too heavy. So, I looking for a lighter (but it doesnt have to be 4lbs) bass with just an overall incredible tone. My price would be limited to $2k - 2,500 new. I also took a look at the stage series basses - very nice tone. Anyways, this would be played through my dream setup (which I have just completed) - Aguilar 750 or Thunderfunk 420 through a Accugroove Whappo Jr. or Bergantino HT 2x10 :D . Yes, I am a gear junky and I happily admit it. By giving me some suggestions on basses, you guys will be reliving/causing gas pains. I'm just trying to find one more 4 string that would put some of the icing on the cake - That an a TRi 12 to throw on top of my JR.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mike
     
  2. I think G&Ls tend to have sweet slap sounds and a couple of them at that. IIRC they might be in your price range. The only other ones i can think of are SS IIs and Zons, but you could only find them used for that price.
     
  3. primus_55

    primus_55

    Dec 28, 2004
    Bongo?

    Try out some warwicks too, they generally have great slap tones.

    Also, check out the marcus miller jazz bass 5. USA made, these things are awesome.
     
  4. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hmm... what is an SS II? Bongos... never tried one because they're just too ugly (superficial - :smug: ). What about used basses - Fodera, MTD, Mike Lull, etc.. Also, any comments on the tone of the dingwalls and do people who play dingwalls only play dw because of the fretboard setup
    Mike
     
  5. I've always thought Modulus have a great sound and (very) amazing slap tone, I'd try to find a used Quantum to try out if I were you.
     
  6. You already have two basses that are considered 'classic' for slap tone. I'm not sure if your Jazz Bass has 70's pickup placement and the large, rather heavy late 70's style body. That's key to get the 'classic' J Bass funk/slap tone.

    If you want a 'modern' slap sound (ala Norm Stockton), I would suggest looking for a used MTD USA withe wenge board and neck (this is key) and either a swampash or tulipwood body. That slap tone is very unique, and IMO pretty much nails the hi fi modern slap tone.
     
  7. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Great info guys. Kjung what do you think abut the Modulus? Those actually are one of my top choices at the moment.
     
  8. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    A nice Spector would be somehing great and different for your arsenal. And its a classic too.,
     
  9. rubo

    rubo

    Aug 25, 2003
    Fbass - Ash / Maple combo
     
  10. Big +1 on that one if you can afford it.
     
  11. Great bass, but not that different of a voice from a 70's J IMO... I think he's looking for something with a distinctive and different slap tone.... sounds like he has the MM thing and the 'old school J' happening already.
     
  12. rubo

    rubo

    Aug 25, 2003
    Then maybe something with Alembic pickups.
     
  13. JAL

    JAL

    Dec 15, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Spector, my friend, spector.
    If the USA made ones are too much, the Euro's are fantastic.
    Own one, and slap the heck out of it. Best slap tone i've heard yet.
     
  14. FunkyLemz

    FunkyLemz

    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I played a Ns seried Spector a few weeks back and it sounded very dull, but a a year ago I played what I think is a euro and it sang. I need to make a trip to basscentral!
    Thanks, Guys
     
  15. Redhotbassist

    Redhotbassist

    Oct 19, 2002
    England
    The tone on celinders are lush, check the website for the slap clips.

    References>soundroom.

    http://www.celinder.com/
     
  16. grygrx

    grygrx Lookout! Here comes the Fuzz! Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Columbia, MO
    A/B my Fender Geddy Lee VS my Dingwall. I find the fender to be very bright and poppy while the Dingwall is a significantly smoother (more modern?) sound. I far prefer the Geddy for slapping for two reasons. 1) The wider string spacing better accomidates my crappy technique. 2) The end of the fret board on the dingwall causes aim problems for me when double thumbing.
    More skilled players might not have these problems.
     
  17. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    Jaco fretless...oh yah...the gas just flows in when I think of it...

    I'd suggest a fretless just because they're so much fun to slap on, and because I like the tone.

    Ibanez's have decent slap tones, probably the SR1004EFM would get you what you want.

    Greg