New Shoot Out! 11 Basses Comparison - Rickenbacker Vs Gretsch Vs Fender Vs Gibson etc

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohanSegeborn, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Hi!

    Here is a new bass Shoot Out. In the clip below I compare 11 basses:

    The basses are:

    1. 2013 Gibson RD, Krist Novoselic
    2. 2013 Fender Jazz Bass, American Deluxe
    3. 2013 Rickenbacker 4003
    4. 2013 Fender Jaguar
    5. 2013 Fender Starcaster
    6. 2013 Gretsch Electromatic
    7. 2010 Gibson Thunderbird
    8. 1970s Stagg EB-3
    9. 1990s Cort Precision, P-Bass
    10. 1965 Gibson EB-2
    11. 1973 Fender Precision, P-Bass

    In my previous clips I played through a combo. However, many of you pointed out that the differences in sound would be better accentuated in a 'line-in' setup, with cleaner settings. So, here I use a Universal Audio 2-610 preamp straight in into the sound interface.

    Please tell me what you think!


    Youtube Channel
  2. Yeah, I just watched it and loved it! :D

    I'm not a big fan of the amount of gain you use, though.
  3. Thanks Salamenster! I actually was going for a clean sound, but the difference in output between the basses was rather big and I wanted to use the same amout of gain throughout. Cheers! Johan

  4. jbednarski

    jbednarski Supporting Member

    May 31, 2010
    Chicago area
    Loved it as much as the first one. Just sell me that EB2 already!
  5. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    you have a GREAT selection of basses ... they all sound great to me not to fond of the cort to much..loved the P bass.. Ric,,, t bird..Gibson RD and the starcaster..
  6. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    I actually really like the amount of overdrive you use even though I struggle to incorporate any overdrive into my tone. I think this video tells us more about your sense of humor, impeccable timing, and arsenal of tasty chops than anything else.

    Bass-wise, this video does highlight things I don't like about the mudbucker tone. The Thunderbird's aggressiveness took me by surprise, too. The Ric sounded great, as did the 70's P-bass. The biggest eye-opener for me was the competent tones coming out of the reverse Jaguar. This is kind of a throw-together model for Fender, but it doesn't sound half bad.
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    I watched the whole thing and you are an excellent player (particularly on the knock off EB-3!) and the video is very cool.

    The only thing I would do differently is to play only fingerstyle or only with a pick. Mixing them makes it hard to compare the tones subjectively.
  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Great fun. I loved each bass for what o brought to the table. I'm going to try to steal a couple of your riffs, too. ;)
  9. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    I think a better side by side comparison would be to pluck them all or pick them all, but not a mixture.

    And finally, do you have a thing against brighter lighting?? ;-)
  10. I am amazed at how much difference there was in gain from one bass to the next. It would be interesting to hear each of them compared with a clean setting, and then with a dirty setting. It was a cool shoot out, and as others have said, you've got some serious chops. I'll be pleased to take either of those basses that you don't want.
  11. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    I liked the Jazz Deluxe best overall., but the low E on that Thunderbird is amazing.

    The Starcaster sounded good, too. Good vid.
  12. Thanks! But about selling the EB-2 I'd have to put it like Charlton Heston 'from my cold dead hands' ;-) Cheers

  13. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    What a great video! Thank you for going through all that trouble!

    I'm a little upset with you about one I gotta get another TBird!!!
  14. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Hm, the Fender Precision was the best sounding to me :)
  15. In Sweden there are only a couple of hours of daylight this time of year. So, we kind of hibernate! ;-)

  16. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Aha! Roger that!
  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Another great job, Johan! The Ric sounded much more clear than the rest; but as somebody said, you were playing with a pick on that one. I would have liked to have heard that one played fingerstyle. Overall, I guess my "Top 5" preferences would go approximately like this:

    Fender P
    Fender Jazz Deluxe
    Thunderbird (I thought this 'Bird sounded much better than on your earlier bass shootout. I can't remember if it was the same one or a different one.)
    Cort P (I was pleasantly surprised by the Cort. I've never had any experience with them.)

    Thanks for doing these, Johan! Great idea; great playing, and nice of you to take the time and effort to do it. :bassist:
  18. Very entertaining and enlightening.

    Interesting how tame the semi-hollows sound. All the "woodiness" is gone.

    Most distinctive tones: Ric, T-Bird, Fender Precision. The three in my collection that get the most play time.

    Thanks for posting. Your countryside is beautiful BTW.
  19. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    no slap,.. yesssss!:hyper:

    thanks,... i love the Cort P and i'm a career Fender Whore..., :eek:
    BTW,... welcome aboard & thanks again for your immediate contribution!;)
  20. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Great job, again!
    It's cool to see how each bass imparts it's own personality to your playing, something I've always found, you pick up a guitar or bass and noodle and each one wants to be played in it's own uniquely different manner.