Weird Bass Day... Worst and Best Playing basses in my Life.... In 1 Day!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Baird6869, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I played a brand spanking new short scale Gibson Flying V bass and a 1995 Modulus Quantum "Sweetspot" 5er today.

    The Gibson was terrible. Ergonomically impossible to play without a strap, sounded muddy and tinny, string tension was almost painful to play and the 30" scale on this bass makes it feel and look like a toy. Pretty hefty for a smaller bass as well and expensive..... Approx $1300.

    The Modulus on the other and is a different beast completely.... Super low action with great playability, super light, ergonomic and great tone. I generally dislike EMG pickups, but the EMG sounds great IMO on this bass. best sounding B string I have ever played and it is a slap and shredding machine.

    In any case, I picked up my first Modulus today! I was amazed with the non-truss rod neck when I changed the strings to a different gauge..... Tuned up and perfect action! That is a first for me.

    In any case, I an a Gibson guy mainly (own 2 Les Paul basses, Les Paul Standard and Studio guitars and have a new Explorer bass on order), but IMO, it takes a different kind of bassist to play the new Flying V!!!:bag::D
  2. Slappin'Da Bass

    Slappin'Da Bass

    Feb 5, 2010
    Pictures!!! :)
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I will take some of my new (to me) Modulus tomorrow.:bassist:
  4. Slappin'Da Bass

    Slappin'Da Bass

    Feb 5, 2010
    Sounds great. Wish you the best dude!
  5. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Your gonna love that Modulus. I played an M92-5 "Sweetspot" for about 7 years. Nicest bass I ever owned and I'm sorry I ever sold it. If I ever find it I'm gonna want to buy it back. Enjoy your Quantum.
  6. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Well, you had to know going in that a flying V wouldn't exactly be a great ergonomic choice for seated playing. Also, 30" scale is 30" scale, if you don't like it, that doesn't really mean it's a toy, it just means you don't like it. ;)

    Anyway, the Modulus sounds like a great bass, and of course very different from the Gibby. Have fun with it, and you know you have to post pictures or we won't believe it's anything but a fantasy bass. :D
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Kinda agree.

    I owned a 2008 SG Reissue and loved the ergonomics (of course, totally different than the V). The 30" scale SG played and sounded much better than the V IME. Wasn't a huge fan of the SG in any case though.

    Based on my experience, the V base is likely not going to appeal to many players...

    Strangely, I owned a Flying V 6 string guitar a couple of years ago and I loved it!
  8. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    I played a Gibson V about a month ago, and it felt like absolute junk in my hands. Nasty tone too. The RD-Nirvana bassist signature bass played/sounded better.
  9. I have a Davison flying V (lefty), just because I had to have one. It's a total piece of crap. Neck as thick as a baseball bat, fret edges will cut you, buzzes like crazy, and there's no balance at all. But it's a lefty Flying V. :)
  10. arsie


    Jan 19, 2011
    Just out of curiosity, is it possible to play the Flying V sitting down in a classical guitar pose. With the V straddling your right thigh.
  11. I need to play one of these "good" modulus basses. The only one I've played was not very impressive.
  12. I know this is not a bass but, I used to work with a guy that played a flying V guitar. That is how he played it setting position with the V staddline his leg. I would imagine not much diff for the bass. I never played a V bass so have no idea.
    Most uncomfratable bass I played setting was the AXE. I leave the shower cap on the AXE blade and set with the blade between my legs. My right leg sets between the blade and body. Good thing it is not a real blade cause if it was could turn out to be a bad thing, lol!!
  13. Probably wasn't setup right - or your technique was too agressive
  14. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Nice! Modulus makes some sweet basses. I'm going to break mine out for my next gig.
  15. Any pics yet?