Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wahoolooze, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. wahoolooze


    Jun 24, 2005
    Eau Claire
    I have a Spector low end bass, and it's the worst for slapping. I've been thinking about getting a new one, either a Musicman Stingray 4, or a Rickenbacker 4003. I play in a high school jazz program that is getting way too good for itself, and it seems to me that my bass is a little too much on the low end for what my director expects. Now, when it comes down to my decision...would a Stingray or a Rickenbacker suit my slapping needs better in a jazz (playing funk style) situation?
    Is there a better bass I should consider?
  2. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Between those two, i'd choose the Stingray (listen to some of Flea's work on Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

    But for the best slap tone i've heard out of a relatively affordable bass (used), I'd have to say Warwick!!
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    stingray x200000000000000

    u might get the occasional butterball who says 'i LIKE the rick slap tone'

    but trust me, the ray has a famous slap tone.
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    A Lakland Darryl Jones.
  5. Larry99

    Larry99 Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Stingray for sure.

    I started out playing on a Ric many moons ago and when I wanted to get into slapping and funkier styles of playing, the Ric just didn't cut it. I ended up selling my Ric for that reason.
  6. Rusty Chainsaw

    Rusty Chainsaw

    Oct 15, 2002
    The Cronx
    Blood Sugar Sex Magik was recorded mostly with a Wal, so that's definitely not a Stingray tone you're hearing on most of it (although Flea did pull out a Stingray 5 for a couple of tunes). But a Stingray is definitely a great slapping bass. There's always the SUB as well if you don't want to be laying out that much cash.
  7. ptidwell

    ptidwell Commercial User

    Jun 13, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Owner LoPHAT Cabinets
    Have you considered the Marcus Miller Jazz IV.
    I have found it to be a slap machine.
    I just happen to have a modded one with the J-Retro pre for sale on this forum if your interested pm me.
  8. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    'i LIKE the rick slap tone' and the Ray as well.

    Trust me, I actually own both. :smug:
  9. Definately go for the Stingray. Even the SUB is a nice bass. They both have KILLER slap tone. I've never heard the Ric slapped before. Doesn't seem like the pickup arrangement encourages slapping with the Ric.

  10. I keep seeing here that the Fender Jazz covers all "basses" of sound. Mine sounds pretty good for both! ;)

    what strings are you using?

    before you spend loads of $$$$ and buy a new bass...have you tried a different set of strings, yet? Like some stainless steel ones...

    get thee to the string forum...find a bright sounding set...

    if you have a two pickup bass, then there should be NO REASON why your bass sounds "too low"...

    BTW...what's happening, Eau Claire? My parents have good friends there...I used to visit them when they lived in Elk Mound...used to spend time up on Lake Chetek (sp?)...
  12. Stox


    Mar 18, 2005
    London UK
    Stingray or Fender Marcus Miller.
    Or... find a nice Fender Jazz and stick a J Retro pre in it.
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I'd go for the Ray over the Ric in terms of slap tone any's thick and fat, and sounds amazing. Also, the Fender Marcus Miller bass is awesome for slap, you might wanna look into that!
  14. I tried slapping on a ric. It just didn't work for me.
  15. The MM Bongos I tried slapped better than the Rays (and Sterlings) I've tried, although I have no complaints about the Rays. That being said, my MM Sterling has a killer slap with a more Jazz-ish neck, and IMHO slaps better than the Ray.

    Never tried a Ric.

    - Andrew
  16. Larry99

    Larry99 Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    sting ray, sterling, jazz, etc... generally speaking, any bolt-on neck bass will have a tone more conducive to slapping (bright mids, punchy) as opposed to neck thru basses which have more sustain. I think this is a general consensus among most luthiers and players.

    after that, it's a personal decision as to which bass feels/sounds best to you.
  17. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    +1 on that. Try a few different types of strings. You may be surprised what that will do for your tone.

  18. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    The Ric is the only bass that I've owned that is not good for slap and pop. Definately borrow one and try before you drop the bucks for it.