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The Best Slap Bass On The Market

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mesaphlin, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    Hello TBs...

    I know that it is wrong to say like what is the best suitable bass for the slap technique. I know that it is the style not the bass.

    But I would like to purchase a bass guitar especially for the slap/pop technique not for the fingerstyle. That cripsy, hi-fi sound of the slap/pop just important for me I must add.

    There are some of my favorites of brands like...

    Sadowsky UV70 4-string Bass
    Status Graphite Paramatrix etc...

    Would anyone add more to that list if I may ask please? Maybe I forgot some important brands here...

  2. I'd say the two really 'classic' sound comes from jazz basses and stingrays.
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  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I'd probably add the Music Man Sting Ray and Fender Marcus Miller Signature to your list.
    Although not as well known, the Carvin Sekou Bunch and Carvin B24 and B25 Brian Bromberg basses are great for that style.
  4. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    I think the OP needs the contrary of "classic" slap sound, the more modern hi-fi sound instead.

    How about Alembic/GB guitar or Status Graphite like Mark King? :D
  5. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    I forgot one brand to add actually...:

    Kubicki Factor
  6. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Fender Jazz bass is the best I've heard.
    Boston Horns live, bass player with a Jazz bass & Hartke
    4x10 XL cabs and a mean thumb.
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Anything with single coil jazz pickups.
  8. single coils. or coil
    many stingrays have a slider switch to select ll, series, and single coil, which effectively gives you a more vintage slap (humbucker) and the more contemporary (single coil).

    Other basses may have single/humbucker switchable pickups that allow you to select either a J sound or PJ or MM J type sound. These offer the most flexibility.

    But if you want to cop the sound of, say Marcus Miller, 2 single coil pickups (J bass type) is how you do that.
  9. Zoa


    Dec 28, 2009
    Stingray, Jazz or perhaps Modulus IMO.
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Sadowsky is an excellent choice. The UV is a slightly modern take on the traditional J-bass slap tone. If you want a more modern slap tone, check out the Sadowsky 24 fret model.

    I'd also recommend Nordstrand basses.

    If you want a more modern super-crisp slap tone, look into Ken Smith and MTD.
  11. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I like the EBMM Sterling slap tone (ceramic magnets) better than the Stingray slap tone (alnico magnets). And I like the slap tone on either of those better than a J bass slap tone.
  12. sharpbass

    sharpbass Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2011
    Sadowsky is an excellent choice for this application.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    A Brubaker would be my first choice.
  14. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    When we talk about the Sadowsky UV 70, there are two options: single-coils and humcanceling PUs.

    Some says that humcanceling PUs are better than single-coils for slap. Is there that much difference between those two PUs?
  15. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    +1. Both single coils and hum cancelling sound great for slap in with a Sadowsky. Hell, the soapbars do to.

    I don't think there is a BEST slap bass for everyone.

    My 1972 Jazz with maple neck is a slap machine and so are my dual coil Duncan equipped Foderas. MTDs are great for slapping as are Stingrays, Modulus and many others IME.

    Personal preference plays a big part in this for sure.
  16. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    I agree that a Sadowsky UV70 would be a great choice, I'm going to add Lakland's 4-94 or 55-94 to the mix---IMHO it has a very flexible preamp and great pickup configuration choices

    MM alone
  17. Pretty much this. Oh yeah, Seay: just looking at your avatar my knees start to buckle :atoz:
  18. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Depends on the slap sound you're looking for. From my personal experience, I will go against the grain and say that I hated my Sting Ray (maple fingerboard) and my Status for slap. On both those basses the low end would drop out when switching to slap to the point where I might as well have been playing a guitar. Having said that, each bass will sound a little different and it could be that I just had bad luck with both those basses (and that other Sting Rays and Statuses would work great for slap). I've loved the majority of MTD 535s I've owned for slap but the two with maple fingerboards did the same thing as the Sting Ray - the bottom end disappeared when switching from fingers to thumb. Love both my Sadowsky ash/rosewood and Lull M5V ash/maple (with Sadowsky preamp) for slap.
  19. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    The greatest sounding bass for slap IMO is a Kramer DMZ5000. Monster tone!
  20. styro


    Dec 22, 2011
    My list would be:
    • Status Graphite: apparently you know about their unbeatable quality and tone
    • [... and now Status Graphite repeats about 5-7 times ...]
    • MTD Andrew Gouché Model (you find it on their price list http://www.mtdguitars.com/price-list/): distinctly different sound than the "ordinary" MTD basses and for sure a high end hifi monster! An incredible piece of art!