slap blind test inspired sound clips!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrbungle, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. mrbungle


    Nov 13, 2000
    tampere, finland
    No fancy basses this time. I recorded the same riff that was in the Ari's slap blind test, this time with two cheap basses through cheap equipment.

    Signal path: passive bass -> Boss OD-2 as DI box -> Behringer Eurorack MX 602 A -> SB Live

    My recording equipment definitely sucks some high end off the sound but personally I don't like too crisp highs on bass guitar. I did some post processing in Sound Forge 6.0, with low shelf boost about +4db at <100hz, -9db cut at about 900 hz +- 1.5 octaves and +3db high shelf boost at >5000hz.

    I've recorded only two basses so far, Suzuki SJB-20 Jazz Bass copy with alder body and rosewood fretboard, and Warwick Corvette with passive electronics, bubinga body and wenge neck. I might add clips of Ibanez BTB later. Both basses were equipped with 1 month old Warwick Red Label .045 - .105 strings (cheap but i love 'em).


    Suzuki Jazz Bass
    Suzuki Jazz Bass - with eq
    Warwick Corvette STD
    Warwick Corvette STD - with eq
  2. mrbungle


    Nov 13, 2000
    tampere, finland
    Might add some pics as well...

  3. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

    My guess is 1 & 2 are the Suzuki, 3 & 4 the Warwick. Do I win?
  4. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    I like the Suzuki better than both of the Warwicks, and the 1st Suzuki better than the 2nd..
  5. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    the suzuki sounds great. many of the good fender copies can still give you that comfy fender vibe.

    so which bass do YOU prefer?
  6. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I think they all sound better without EQ, actually...
  7. mrbungle


    Nov 13, 2000
    tampere, finland
    Thanks for the compliments :) ... I sold my Fender Jazz after I got the 250$ Suzuki, it sounded a bit better and played a lot better. It ain't a Sadowsky, though, but for about 2500 less I think it does a great job :) ... the pickups have irritating honky sound on upper mids though.

    Usually I prefer the Suzuki over the Warwick. For some mixes it's too muddy though. The Warwick is The_Choice(tm) for mixes with heavy guitars, or if I want really percussive bass sound. Also, I'd take the Warwick for Dub or Jazz gig.
  8. Sofa King

    Sofa King

    Aug 20, 2000
    Rowlett, TX
    I must be the odd one in the crowd, I prefer the Warwick eq'd sound over the Suzuki. The warwick non-eq'd doesn't sound all that great, though.
  9. Never heard of a suzuki bass, but there is a definite fendery vibe about it. The warwick on the other hand sounds like, well, a warwick.

    I play a warwick so guess what, i like the warwick.

    Very interesting to hear the same riff played well, fed into the same equipment.
  10. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I like both.

    I wonder how the Suzuki compares with another TB favorite, the Essex Jazz Bass.