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Slapping on a p bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yup, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Yes

    292 vote(s)
  2. No

    30 vote(s)
  3. I don't care

    100 vote(s)
  4. Why say those words in the same sentance

    22 vote(s)
  1. Yup


    Mar 20, 2019
    Do people do it? How do you think it sounds? I have heard it and personally prefer a jazz for slap. Thoughts? Feelings?
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  2. gebass6

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

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Patrice Rushen -"Forget Me Nots"
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  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    The best sound for slap is a Jazz IMHO.
    Saw John Patitucci swap over from his JP Yamaha 6
    to a Jazz when slappin'.
  4. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Slapped P basses sound full and meaty with a unique midrange howl. Nothing wrong with that at all!
    kobass, gepettus, Nashrakh and 26 others like this.
  5. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    One of the funkiest sounds there is!
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  6. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    How this sounds?
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  7. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    sounds like a jazz to me...
  8. Yonni


    Oct 31, 2016
    My Boss GT-1B has several slap sounds pre-programmed into it which tells me there is no right or wrong way. Jazz with both pickups is great but so can a good P be, as can a Musicman. What do you like?
  9. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    It is kind of an old school late 70s thing, but it can be done. I would say it is better for slower lines. Fast slap and double thumping might get messy on a split single coil middle/neck pickup.
  10. Richard I

    Richard I

    Jun 22, 2017
    I love it. If you get a GOOD Precision bass, it sounds great. I do prefer it with an ash/maple P Bass because with an alder/rosewood one (even more if it has a strong mid-range voiced pickup) it may sound too punchy and tight. Too "woody".

    Jazz is great, I gotta admit...but I don't feel comfortable with that bass, plus it's a lot thinnier (negative, for me) and defined (that's a plus). It really depends on what and how you're playing.

  11. Perfectly acceptable to slap on a Precision. I'm pretty sure this is a Precision - however when I saw them he used an Alembic and the bass had a lot more breadth and character and the popping had more bite and treble - similar with Louis Johnson on a Stingray. So although it's acceptable to slap on a Precision, dependent on what you're after, there are better alternatives.
  12. npbassman

    npbassman Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2002
    Best slap sound around if you ask me and this is coming from a guy who also gigs J’s and a Ken Smith white tiger. For me a slapped P is full, thick and distinctive sounding and I feel like it cuts through and is heard much better and more evenly than scoopy sounding basses. Now that I think about it...that’s like we all like P’s in the first place, don’t we? Lol.
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  13. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Not exactly, But, close enough...
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  14. My first thought was this lol!
    Here’s another:
  15. I like a slapped P sound the best, more meaty, don't like tinny, trebly sounding slap sound, it's annoying after a few minutes (seconds?)
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
  16. Another:

    Heck, Precisions get slapped with the best of them. It’s a boss sound!!
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Always challenge preconceptions and decide for yourself.
  18. This is a great tune, always liked it. Is that David Hungate? Yes, just answered my own question:

    99 (song) - Wikipedia
  19. You can slap on any bass, flats or rounds, it’s all been done and it all sounds great
  20. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    Will Lee thumping a P through a flanger:

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