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Video Survey: 20 basses/4 Styles Shootout

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohanSegeborn, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Hi!

    In these 4 clips I’m comparing 20 basses. Each clip represents a different playing style.

    Question: Which is the best/worst bass for each style? I’d really appreciate your answers and comments. I’ll summarize and post the results of the survey. :)

    Clip1: Bridge Pickup, Finger Style


    Clip2: Neck Pickup, Pick Style


    Clip3: Neck Pickup, Finger Style


    Clip4: Bridge Pickup, Finger/Tapping Style


    The basses are:
    1. Burns - Hank Marvin, Shadows Bass
    2. ESP - Vintage Four J/P Bass
    3. Gibson - Les Paul Bass, 2013
    4. Yamaha - BB414 (signed by the great Marco Mendoza)
    5. Ibanez - SR500
    6. Fender - Jaguar, 2013
    7. Fender - Jazz Bass, American Standard, 2014
    8. Fender - Starcaster, 2013
    9. Squire - 1951 P-Bass, Precision
    10. Fender - P-Bass American Standard, 2014
    11. Epiphone - Thunderbird, T-bird 2013
    12. Gibson - RD Krist Novocelic, 2013
    13. Gibson - EB13, 2013
    14. Gretsch - Electromatic G5440SLB, 2013
    15. Fender - P-Bass, Precision 1973
    16. Gibson -Ripper, 1974
    17. Gibson - Thunderbird, 2010
    18. Gibson - EB2, 1965
    19. Rickenbacker - 4003, 2013
    20. Stagg - EB3, 1970s

    Johan Segeborn
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  2. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    Nice idea.
  3. Thanks!

  4. The amp is a Universial Audio, UA 2-610 Preamp which is lined in into an Apogee Duet and an Ipad with Cubasis. Recorded dry. The same amp settings on all basses and in all clips.
  5. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    I know from your other stuff you try your best to give everything as fair an evaluation as your situation permits.

    Tip of the Mad Hatter mate! :)
  6. Thanks!

  7. Hi!

    The basses are presented in different orders in the four clips, so give me the names of the basses.

  8. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I know you'll get a lot of "no (insert favorite bass here)?" responses.

    Mine is "No Music Man?"
  9. Yeah, The Stingray should have been included. Couldn't find one at short notice though.

    So, which basses did you like best/least for the various clips?


  10. strost


    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    top 3/bottom 3 for all is too much.

    I liked the 1973 P for everything but the Ric won for pick style. Overall those two sounded best.

    Starcaster was my least favorite overall.
  11. Thanks! Yeah you're right, I"m changing it to best/worst instead.


  12. Come on guys, help me out here. How would you like me to modify this survey/poll to make it more interesting?

  13. Mark4


    Oct 21, 2007
    FWIW, one of the big things I take away from these videos is that the playing is much more important than the specific make or model of bass. So many of them sound good to my ears that words like "best" and "worst" don't really apply. Sure, I like some better than others, but it's a matter of taste. This is great for showcasing various tones, and may even change a few perceptions, but it ultimately comes down to what works for the musician and the music. It seems to me that any style can sound good on any of these, even ignoring the fact that most can be tweaked further via volume and tone controls, running through various rigs depending on who owns them etc.

    Don't get me wrong, this is one of the greatest things I've ever seen on this site. I just think it works better as a demonstration of tones than as a competition.
  14. Thanks Mark, appreciate it! Yeah, they do sound ok all of them. That's probably the findings of this comparison, that almost any of these basses can be used for any of these styles.

    Previously I had the conception that the jazz bass was superior for funkier stuff and the T-bird for heavier stuff. But now maybe I'll have to rethink a bit.

    Great feedback!


  15. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    My comments are bolded, above.
  16. Thanks!

  17. GrumpiusMaximus

    GrumpiusMaximus I've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe

    Mar 11, 2013
    Kent, United Kingdom
    In that last video (clip 4), the Yamaha, Rickenbacker and Gibson/Epiphones won out for me. They seem to suit the aggressive nature of the picking.

    I may have some confirmation bias here, being the owner of a black BB414.
  18. Thanks! I have been a big BB fan since Jimmy Bains great bass tracks on Dio Holy Diver. He used a BB3000 though I think.


  19. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    I agree that it's difficult to classify certain basses as best or worst. A lot of that depends on the ear of the listener. I do have preferences, but I'm very interested in hearing your opinions on these basses played in this variety of styles. - from the player's point of view. Personally, I think your EB-2 sounds amazing in every situation. What a monster! So, do you have preferences Johan? If so, why or why not?
  20. Hti BassDaddy77!

    Well my preferences tend to shift over time I'm afraid. But I have always thought that the mid range of a P-bass makes it more like a guitar or a piano than the Jazz bass. The Jazz is obviously the most practical tool of all basses due to it's wide frequency span and it's ability to find its own space in the mix. But I think since it is the industry standard it's not as exciting, and showcased that tiny crust of treble on top of a Jazz bass sounds quite bad. But of course it is whats needed in dense mixes. The Humbucker basses sounds great in less dense mixes and they sound bigger due to the added lower mids, but also less agile. It all depends on the mix.. The EB2 is a strange exception. It's both big and nimble :)