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Slappy the B

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by DavePlaysBass, Feb 4, 2006.


  1. DavePlaysBass

    DavePlaysBass

    Mar 31, 2004
    CO
    I meant "Slapping the B". Oh well :).

    What recipes for B string slapping do we have here (bass, string, gauge, taper)?

    I have a Sadowsky RV5 (34" scale, alder, rosewood). I am doing a lot more slap than I used too and I am finding that the B is just not very slap happy. I have a Ken Smith SS, 128, no taper.

    Dave
     
  2. Phalanx

    Phalanx

    Apr 4, 2005
    I found raising the action made slapping the B a lot better
     
  3. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Most B's don't slap well, but the sadowsky stainless will be your best bet on that bass. The best recipe I know of for a slappable B is to get a Stingray 5 ... don't know why it works better, but it does.
     
  4. DavePlaysBass

    DavePlaysBass

    Mar 31, 2004
    CO
    May be the sweet spot humbucker. I have a G&L Climax which is a sweet spot 4 stringer. The ash body slaps like a mother. I will favor the bridge pup and see what that does.

    Dave
     
  5. DavePlaysBass

    DavePlaysBass

    Mar 31, 2004
    CO
    I have it pretty high already. I may raise it more. Thanks,

    Dave
     
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Id go with.. DR Lo riders, stainless. They have a nice tone for slapping bc of the hexagonal core and higher tension.
     
  7. pickles

    pickles Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I tried Lo Riders on my RV5 and found the sadowsky stainless to be much better on there, and have an even crisper, tighter feel.
     
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I much prefer tapered B strings: better response and intonation. Sadowsky strings are excellent (steel or nickel rounds). I also like LaBella Hard Rockin' Steels, and Ken Smith Tapercores.