suggestions for bass for funk/slap

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Elf2112, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. Elf2112


    Aug 22, 2003
    Hi all, I am looking for opinions on what kind of basses you would suggest for a serious funk/slap bassist. I play in a funk/blues band, very active slap bass, and use a ton of dead notes, so I need some good action back from the neck and also one that can give me a good range of sounds.
    Looking to get a great high-end bass within the next few months.
    Currently, I play a Peavey Dyna Unity bass (1990 or 91), with a poly fretboard and it gives me a good return action, but its still only a mid-range bass for sound.
    I really like Pedulla's craftsmanship, but the rosewood and maple fretboards feel 'soft' when I slap and I dont seem to get that huge punch when I play them.

    Would love to hear your suggestions and experience with top-name basses.

  2. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Maple body and neck, ebony board.
    P/J pickups, parallel/series electronics phase switch.

    I think you need my bass, but you can't have it!!!

    Find one like this and you'll be set.

  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    The Modulus Flea bass has insanely low action, great for funk/slap playing.

    Mind you, I'm sure that Smith is too :)
  4. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
  5. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I think the maple/ebony takes you a long way toward your goal.

    I also personally do much better with a 4 than a 5. I got this mostly for slap. I use my 6-string Acacia for much of everything else.

    A bolt-on neck to me actually seems more responsive at times. This is a set-neck joint.

    I thought my Thumb bolt-on would have been better for me if it were a 4.

    Then again, you can't go wrong with a straight-up Jbass, Fender, or Sadowsky, or Lull, or Hotwire, etc.

    I can just tell you which to try, not which to buy.
  6. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I'd recommend one of the high-end active Js in maple/ash. You have lots to choose from these days: Sadowsky, Elrick, F-Bass, Atelier Z, Hotwire, Lull, etc. etc.
  7. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Jazz bass or a Music Man :bassist:
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    20 or 22 fret F Bass Studio model.
  9. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Funk/Slap MACHINE

    Peavey Cirrus 4. It might not be as "high-end" as you're looking for, but it's awesome quality, beautiful, sounds amazing, and you can save a grand.

  10. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I agree to the fender jazz and MM SR4 or Sabre(if you can get your hands own 1)If its a 5 string Sadowsky,f-bass,KenSmith/Tobias or MTD 535 IMO.
  11. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I agree with the Benavente nod....gotsta love those Vintage Vortex basses!!!:D :D :D
  12. appler

    appler Guest

    You might want to take a look at Spector basses. ( I just got one, and slapping sounds really awesome.
  13. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    F bass BN5 ash body with maple neck and fingerboard. THE killer slap machine. Get
    the reversed headstock model if you can,
    it has awesome string balance and the
    B is crystal clear. I'm a slapaholic,
    and currently own 2 BN5's and a Studio,
    they get more play than any other bass
    for slap applications, either live or
    in the studio. The ebony fingerboard
    will give you a chunkier sound but also
    has a brighter midrange, the maple has
    a slightly thinner slap sound but nicer
    balance and very good for the higher tech
    sounds (sounds great through an Avalon
    vt737sp, or a Walter Woods amp).
  14. si_mon13


    Sep 1, 2003
    cirrus 4/5, stingray, jazzbass
  15. Kelvin


    Apr 30, 2000
    2 reasonably priced options:

    Fender Jazz Bass. (can you say "old school"?)

    Yamaha BB-2005. This one took me by surprise. Good value for $ neck thru, with the modern slap sound dialed.
  16. S A D O W S K Y

    For slap and pop and funk, the Sadowsky jazz is hard to beat.
  17. slowburnaz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Rickenbacker, defintitely... :bassist:

  18. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    hmm.. Fodera, Elrick, Roscoe, MTD, Pedulla, Sadowsky... these are just a few basses that come to mind.. there are so many basses that are great for slap and funk... you're just going to have to try them out until you find "your" bass
  19. What about Modulus's?
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