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The "Fastest" Bass You've Ever Played

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matdras, May 15, 2012.

  1. If you had to choose 1, what is the fastest, most nimble bass you have ever played?

    By fastest, I mean in terms of both hands being able to move at maximum velocity with ease. Feel free to interpret that as you wish...
  2. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    Ibanez SR800 - just so easy to get around - followed by the SR500.
  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I find I move faster with a bigger neck so it would have to be either my ESP Surveyor II or my Rickenbacker 4003FL with honorable mention to the Steve Harris Precision Bass I tried in the Sam Ash and the Fodera I tried in the Guitar Center. That thing practically played itself though so not sure if it should count.

    Of course, if by "fast" you mean thin; Ibanez SR series </thread>
  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    A Status Stealth I think, or maybe a Vigier Passion. Both seem to play by themselves.
  5. sagerbj


    Aug 2, 2011
    Ibanez SR500. The combination of the slim neck, close spacing, and low action make it just super fast.
  6. steve f

    steve f Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Toxic, Maryland
    Despite the 34.5" scale, my FBass was hard to beat.
  7. ShiftyShift


    Mar 12, 2012
    Fender Steve Harris Precision. My favorite bass I've ever played.
  8. funkyjudge

    funkyjudge Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2010
    Langhorne, PA, USA

    Hands-down, it's my LullDowsky 4-string!
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    My SSD Spector.

    The 57' AVRI I played earlier today was pretty awesome too.
  10. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC Rich Paulo warlock spalted maple and Jackson JS3. Little bit wider then ESP Ltd & Ibanez SR but the back profile makes up for that and theyre necks are just faster easier playing to me.
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    My March '73 4001. :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  12. Ibanez Soundgear, i think it was the 400, i had it back in high school and i loved the way it looked and played but i didn't like the sound of the active electronics
  13. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I like a lot of necks, usually it's the strings that determine the ease of playing for me.
  14. Jackson JS3. Super thin, compound radius, oil finish neck. 'Nuff said.
  15. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I think I'd go with a Smith BSR6EG
  16. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    Always wonder what those compound radius fingerboards do to more chordal playing around the 12th fret. Have to try one. Also, Tobias Asymmetrical necks might have an effect. Never played a Soundgear either. I need to get some basses.
  17. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Kubicki Ex Factor hands down. 32" scale and Super Sensitive to the touch.
  18. Mosrite.

    Rick B.
  19. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    My 1988 Sadowsky NYC Standard 4..........nuff said!


    Jun 13, 2005
    Los Angeles
    all i need is a low action, the right string gauge and a thin neck