punchiest bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aenema, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    look for tons of punch. truck loads of low-mids. i tried sting rays but didnt like the slap tone. cirrus basses... alls i can say is wow. any other basses you would suggest checking out that have tons of punch?
  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Spector and Status. Both have a blistering punch (at least the ones I've owned have.)
  3. Dirty Road Cola

    Dirty Road Cola Guest

    Sep 8, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Zons and Status. I'd give the edge to the Status, though.
  4. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    Your favorite bass with an AGUILAR On-board active preamp.
  5. j-bass


    warwick ss ii

    imo, but then again, i could be wrong
  6. I've heard some people say that a Carvin with the right options can be extremely punchy.
  7. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I don't even know what punchy is. To me, it just seems like a silly term because everyone has their own definition. There is no "punchy factor" that can be quantified.

    The best way to find the bass you like is to go out and play basses yourself.
  8. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    anything with a carbon fiber neck
  9. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Modulus and Musicman
  10. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    If by "punch" you mean a big percussive "thump" on your attack (rather like getting hit in the chest with a pillow), I suggest the humble P bass.
  11. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I'd go with a short scale, like an old Gibson EB-3, or even a Danelectro Longhorn.
  12. A good jazz bass has a punchy slap tone to my ears.

    (It's funny how the same adjective can mean so many different things to so many different people.;))
  13. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    i mean the pillow hit you in the chest kinda punch. not low end. im talkin low-mid. i have a jazz bass and the cirrus kills it as far as punch goes. i do like the slap tone of my jazz bass but the finger style has no balls. the cirrus has way more nuts.
  14. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    If punch is just a percussive attack, then you can make any bass punchier; just pluck harder.
  15. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    yeah i know that. but the cirrus has lotsa low-mids which makes it sound kinda like a drum bass. thats my definition of punch. you dont have to slam the strings to get good punch out of it. light finger style is really punchy on this beast.
  16. Hmmm...........

    No expert here but....

    I think that a lot of the "punchy" sound you you crave you can dial in youself by adjusting your amp.
    Also fiddle with the tone knob(s) on your bass.
    My P can get punchy to the max just by cranking up the tone knob.Just my observations.Usually the mid/highs are what give you the punchy tone.
    Diffeant strings can help too.:cool:
  17. Of course if you want punchy out "da gate"!!.....

    Rickenbacker or MusicMan Stingray. :D
  18. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i don't agree. the rickenbacker is not the most "punchy" bass around. if you are interested in passive basses go with Fender Precision. otherwise i suggest you a bass equipped with bartolini pickups and electronics.