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Piano Like Clarity with some Vintage Warmth?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thisSNsucks, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Basically I love My StingRays for their piano like clarity for every note, and I love my P-basses for thier Warm fat, roundness. My question is, In your own opinion, What basses can achieve both these tones? Dual Humbucker MM's, Sadowsky's, Rics?
  2. BassManPatsFan

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    How about something with a P pickup and an MM? Like a Sandberg California Custom?
  3. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    My Fodera (w/ Duncan dual coils) has a lot of clarity while still sounding very full and warm.
    But it's not neccessarily a "P-Bass warmth".
  4. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Alleva Coppolo Bass. Vintage Fender sound with alot of clarity.
    Amazing Bass.
  5. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Sadowsky Modern in Ash/maple with Stainless Steel strings through a warm sounding rig.
  6. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    Regular SR4 with the highs rolled off, and slight mid and low boost. A SR can come close to sounding like a P, but not visa versa.
  7. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Gibson Les Paul with the TB plus pickups.
    Stingray / Sterling Humbucker+ Single Coil
    Lakland 4-94 (more vintage than piano)
    Jim B
  8. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    What if you put some TI Jazz Flats on your StingRay?

  9. Nighthawk551


    Jan 3, 2007
    Sweetwater Sound
    I think HH Stingrays fit that description. The bridge humbucker is nice and piano-like, while the neck humbucker is rather warm and P-Bass like.
  10. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    Spector with a P/J. That's one of the reasons I love mine.
  11. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    And there's your answer.
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Aren't piano-like clarity and vintage warmth sorta opposite?
  13. Your description nails the tone I was hearing today when I played my Sadowsky P with an alder body, maple top, and Braz board into my Kern rig.
  14. Lakland 55-94 or there of.
  15. vic_6


    Dec 19, 2004
    Manila, Philippines
    the HH seems like a great option but i'd like to throw in the hamer cruise bass. when i played mine for the first time, the phrase piano like clarity suddenly all made sense to me. and it definitely has that vintage fender warmth too.
  16. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Modulus Quantum with an Aguilar DB 680 :bassist:
  17. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    hm... judging from the replies it doesn't seem so diffuclt to get that tone ;)
  18. A P-bass with the right pickups and stailess steel strings should do it.

    I think the last time I recorded I got a really good sound like you describe:


    listen to Sanmyaku we are so loud to get an idea

    P-bass played fingerstyle - seymour duncan Antiquitty1 pickups - Svt classic - svt610 cab - with two mikes - an Sm57 for the highs and an sm58 for the lows.
  19. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Banned

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    How about trying a Stingray with a 2 band eq?

    BIGREDSIX Supporting Member

    You're talking Skjold...:bassist:

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