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Pardon my ignorance....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dragon68, Jul 12, 2019.


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  1. ...but what are the purpose of ramps on a bass?

    I typically scour FB Marketplace for bass equipment and part of my search is usually sorting by "Price- Low -> High". When I do this, I usually find many offerings of ramps.

    For the life of me, I can't begin to guess. (Honestly, I can guess, but my guess is not flattering.)

    So, somebody please bottom-line it for me: why do you put a piece of fancified wood (or other material) between your pickups?
     
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  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    It is to prevent your fingers getting caught up and slowed down when popping and slapping.

    It makes the space under the strings too small for this to happen.
     
  3. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    It acts as a stopper for your fingers when playing fingerstyle. I use my precision pickups to similar effect sometime when I'm playing over them.

    It helps limit fingermovement on a downstroke, and hence requires less movement/effort to pull the finger back up into position to attack again. It can make playing intricate parts slightly more efficient/easier.
     
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  4. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    It is?

    All this time I thought it was just an extended area to rest your thumb.
     
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  5. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Well that's interesting... two almost instantaneous responses with two different explanations. For slap? I don't do much of that, but I hadn't considered there to be any benefits on that front. Hmm, maybe I'm misunderstanding and you're just referring to harder fingerstyle hits - in which case I completely agree.

    Edit, just found this:
     
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  6. 3 unique responses within 5 minutes? Impressive!

    I was just going to stop my post after "...what are the purpose of ramps." I spend most of my time reading 'Bass Humor and Gig Stories', so I envisioned a lot of the responses I would get from those jokers (on ramps, off ramps, wheelchair ramps, etc), you get the idea. :laugh:

    I'm honestly surpised I didn't know the answer myself, but I don't think I've ever seen a discussion of ramps. I kind of imagined the discussions of "ramps vs. no ramps" would be on the scale of "pick or no pick."
     
  7. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    TalkBass doesn't disappoint! :p

    They're probably not all mutually exclusive though! :thumbsup:

    Here, I'll add one more - because they look so pro. :laugh:
     
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  8. BargeOn

    BargeOn

    Mar 19, 2004
    CNY
    They aren't unique. Each one explains that the ramp limits movement, the extension of your fingers past the strings. One in reference to slap, one to finger style and the 3rd a sum of both.

    What's unique is that they don't disagree. :roflmao:
     
  9. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Now that’s a knee-slapper right there! :D
     
  10. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    That may be a first on TB! :woot::roflmao:
     
  11. My citing unique responses was probably better said as "3 different people responded..." but you make a good point. LOL
     
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  12. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011
    IMHO, you may or may not like them. I tried a bass with a ramp and felt the ramp hindered my playing, for both slap and finger style. I tend to use a fairly light technique.

    I do tend to alternate between floating and anchored thumb. So a long thumb rest might be useful.
     
  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    They limit how deep your fingers go when plucking.
    Helping you play faster.

    I thought about installing one.
    But I don't dig that far down to need one.
    I already play on my fingertips.
     
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  14. Gary Willis and a bunch of others use these all the time. where have you been?
     
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  15. sleddogn

    sleddogn

    Sep 8, 2013
    Kentucky
    dang, how many notes per sec do you guys need? lol
     
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    This many!
     
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  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Wow, I didn't know any of this.

    I just thought they made your bass ADA compliant.;)
     
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  18. rashrader

    rashrader

    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    Jacob didn’t need a ramp.
     
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  19. Ihaveshingles

    Ihaveshingles

    Dec 24, 2018
    Finger ramp is between the pickups, same height as they are to limit how far you dig in but also so you have an anchor for your thumb where there is no pickup to do so....
    Slap ramp is in between end of neck and neck pickup, usually not as high as a finger ramp, makes slap more efficient...
     
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  20. Bass_Frequency

    Bass_Frequency Old School Groove Oriented Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    Texas
    It's just more crap you really dont need but someone wants to sell you.
    Forget about it.
     

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