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Surprisingly Good New Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thumper, May 22, 2003.

  1. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Like Nino stated in his new Jazz bass thread, I worry about taking the Sadowsky to sleazy bars (mainly if they have a small stage), or certain outdoor gigs, so I picked up a beater bass - WINNER!

    I got a Modulus Genesis 5 in a trade (the pink metallic one that has made the rounds here). After tweaking the trussrod, I decided to take it to practice last night and it literally blew me away. Great punch, nice growl when digging in, light weight, good balance, great neck profile, very playable. I wandered around to all corners of the practice facility, even behind the drummer, and I could hear every note as though I was standing in front of my rig.

    I only have one minor nit, the highs could be a little brighter, but that's it (since I don't slap, not really an issue for me). What a great surprise! Graphite stability without that sterile (to me) sound. I can see this one getting alot of gig time. I'm one happy camper :D :eek:
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    So, where are the pics?!?!?!?!?! :) I like Modulus basses & I'll eventually get one.
  3. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Sorry all, I'm not picture posting literate yet. I can send a picture to someone so they can post for me if they will. Nino, I'll send a photo to your email just in case.
  4. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Modulus = beater???????? :rolleyes:

    Gimme a break man.......
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yeah, same thing I was thinking!

  6. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound elitist. I've got better than $2,400 into the Sadowsky, and I traded my Pedulla Rapture for the Genesis (both valued around $900). The Genesis is an unusual color and isn't exactly in mint condition. Anyone who has played on a tiny stage and slammed a headstock into a mic stand can relate.

    Most people who've been around Talkbass long enough know I drove the same economy car 11 years and put car payment $ into basses. Of course my '66 Jazz that I paid $350 for in '83 doesn't see much use either. ;)
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here's a pic. What't the matter w/a Modulus being a beater bass? I was planning to trade my USA Lakland 55-63 + cash for Thumpers Sadowsky & use that as a beater bass. I also considered the Lakland a beater bass.
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=984537">
  8. Heh, I just bought Woodchuck's Modulus Genesis 5 and I'm fairly certain it will be my main bass :) Thing is just awesome. I can't wait to spring it on my bandmates at practice this week!
  9. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    my beater bass is worth like $50... lol
  10. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    And believe it or not, some might consider a Sadowsky a beater bass, depending on what their siginficantly higher-priced main axe may be!
  11. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Ha! Me too... and that Modulus is worth more, and is a lot nicer than my good bass... that's something I love about TB - it's always interesting to see how the other half live.
  12. A Rock

    A Rock

    Mar 18, 2001
    New Haven, CT
    i sold my beater bass so i could get some chicken nuggets from mcdonalds:D
  13. John Ruiz

    John Ruiz

    Oct 9, 2000
    Plano, Tx

    Uuughh, that sounds too familiar. My Modulus has a couple of small headstock scars for that very reason.
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    the Genesis is on my short list.

    i've seen some BEAUTIES, and for not much more than a grand too.

  15. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Manitou, I played a Genesis in a shop and thought it was kinda' vanilla. Got mine and played at home, still vanilla. It sure woke up going through the Mesa 400+. The whole point of this thread is that the Genesis is very capable of being someone's main axe, no excuses given.

    John, I'll still take the mic stand over chicken wire. :p

    Nino, thanks for posting the photo. All I can say is I'm secure enough in my masculinity to play this pink bass proudly. :D I sure wish I could have gotten my hands on that 55-63 for a year or 2!
  16. Q-Phonix


    Sep 28, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    IMO,with that color, that modulus can be classified as a beater.There is one thing I have noticed about Modulus.They are not afraid to take chances on finish colors.(insert smiley face blowing chunks)
  17. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    that's something I love about TB - it's always interesting to see how the other half live.

    Creepy, it wasn't so nice when all I had for a weekend's entertainment was $5.00. I used to have to milk a beer for like two hours to see live bands in a club. I feel bad for a coupla' the guys in my band, they're barely sraping by. Being a geezer does have it's advantages.

    Q-Phonix :spit: ;) BTW, it's officially called metallic plum, a bit of a stretch.
  18. Bro, if my Genesis is vanilla, it's that bad@$$ vanila with the beans in that just blows the top offa your tastebuds :)

    Mine's got the maple fretboard and with just a little tweaking on the tone dials, OMG, does it have punch, crunch, growl and howl - I love it to pieces. My band hasn't seen/heard her yet, and I can't wait until they do :)
  19. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Manitou, I read the usual reviews before I pulled the trade. Most people recommended the maple board/neck (considered it manditory actually). I bet it rocks! If mine is any indication your guys are gonna' flip.
  20. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I know that the Quantums are real popular, but I played a Genesis 5 at a Mars Music that was going out of business. If I could have gotten that for under $1,000 I would have gotten it.

    I would have to try a Q5 against a Genesis 5 head to head, but I may like the Genesis more.