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Urge 1 vs Urge 2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by heath_the_great, Apr 28, 2006.


  1. so..whats the verdict....whats better, or what do you prefer, the fender urge 1, or the urge 2
     
  2. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    I haven't played an urge II but i did play an orginal Urge once in a shop... You could really fly on the 32" scale fretboard!

    I'm guessing the newer one sounds a little less hyped and 'active'?
     
  3. how can it sound more active?, the urge one was an 18v kubicki pre if im not mistaken
     
  4. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    well, i don't know much about it. perhaps i shouldn't have posted...

    I'm not sure what pickups were used in the Urge I but they were solid covers and i imagined them to sound more like emgs or something than the fender noiseless pickups in the Urge II.
     
  5. Heath-
    the Urge I has a Kubicki-inspired preamp, its not a kubicki pre.
    The Urge 1 is a players bass. Its got a short scale and a super thin neck, but the downsized body, ultralight hardware & short scale adds up to a bass w/ little low end. So they added a pre to add boost, instead it sounds active. The best quote to describe it " is you hear the electronics not the wood".
    IIRC, the pickups were custom wound for this bass, the J p'ups were "copies" of a vintage J Stu liked, but the P-p'up was a hotrodded version. To me the p'ups don't sound active like EMGs, its hard to get a feel for the p'up in passive mode, passive mode was essentially a "last ditch" tone in case your battery died.

    My Urge I was my main bass for 8yrs, it does a few things really well. It does a great p-tone, but IMO only a passable but thin sounding J-tone. However i could play things on that bass that I could only dream about on my Dingwalls

    I only played an UrgeII at a music store, I was impressed that they got more bass out of it and added a 34" scale.

    I can say that it sounds good in Stu Hamm hands
     
  6. Mr_Dave

    Mr_Dave

    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    thats the kinda thing i was trying to say
     
  7. I like the II more than the one...i know a few bassists who play the urge II and its really an amazing sounding bass imo
     
  8. Urge 1 for playability and awesome sound. Always thought the Urge II was just put out because players weren't going for the 32" scale thinking it was bit 'wimpy' !!

    Cheers...
     

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