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P-bass sound from Cliff Bordwell (CB)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Davo-London, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Is sample A the Precision, or

    22 vote(s)
  2. Is sample B the Precision

    10 vote(s)
  1. OK here's a bit of fun.

    There are 2 sound clips A and B. One of them is a beautiful beaten up 1964 Precision. The other is a modern sassy Cliff Bordwell Ball bass, which is walnut bodied, wedge/maple and rosewood neck with Nordstrand Big Singles and Audere Pre-amp. I have tried to make the CB bass sound as close as I can to the Precision.

    But which is which? Don't stress it, have a go.


    Attached Files:

    • A.mp3
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    • B.mp3
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  2. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    vote cast. I don't have a lot of experience with this, but it seems like fun.
  3. That's the spirit!

  4. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    The second clip has too much honky midrange (600-1200).
  5. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Second clip sounds like a single coil pickup to me
  6. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    I guess A is the P-Bass.
  7. Astroman

    Astroman Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    Winston-Salem, NC
    A does sound like an old P-Bass. Solo I like it better, but I bet clip B would sound better in a band mix with its mid-cut. I own a walnut bodied CB D-5 w/Nordstrand dual coils. It generally has a dark tone, but with its 4-band EQ and Z-switch I can quickly dial in an impressive P-Bass sound with all sorts of nuance. I have a 62 Jazz w/tapewounds on it when I wanna go true old school!
  8. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    I voted for A as the P bass.
  9. Excellent responses - I've put 48 hrs on the poll. So the answer will be available soon. Does no-one think they sound similar?

  10. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Not at all, but I bet they would fill a similar position in the mix of a band and especially under distorted guitars.
  11. Dr Goggles

    Dr Goggles

    Jun 4, 2012
    Very hard to say and I'm assuming you haven't just put the same bass on twice with different EQ (that's what I'd do). I wanted the first one to be a P bass as it sounds better to my ears, but I voted for B as the P bass because of that.
  12. I can assure you it is 2 basses used here.

    I love the twisted logic of Dr Goggles!

  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Just guessing but I'd say A is the Precision. Both sound killer, though. Nice playing, too!
  14. Ah shucks!

    Only 1/10 viewers vote, why?

  15. PeterF

    PeterF Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    North East Wisconsin
    A sounds like a P.
  16. FunkyMcNasty

    FunkyMcNasty Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    They both sound good, but A sounds a bit warmer and fuller, with B showing a bit more mid range.
  17. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Going with the crowd - A is the P. But both sound great, your audience wouldn't complain either way!
  18. Poll closes in 10 hours so do vote if you feel inclined!

    I'll post the answer at midnight Greenwich Mean Time.

  19. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I think clip 'A' sounds like the P bass.
  20. OK thanks for all the responses and votes.

    I can now reveal that recording:

    - A is the CB Ball Bass
    - B is the '64 Fender Precision.

    This is contrary to 2/3 of the voters that thought recording A was of the Precision.



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