What’s The Better Thumper..?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ace Of Bass, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006

    My next move will possibly be for a pure thumper...I’m trying to gather as much info on two old Basses I have narrowed it down to...a Fender Telecaster Bass (early 70’s) or a ‘60’s Gibson EB-0...the neck position Humbuckers really interest me and I’m thinking about using tapewounds on whichever one I decide on not looking for a slapped at all with this one...I’m going to use it for funk, R&B and jazz ( it would be cool to use it as the bass I would choose to get closest to an upright tone (I know it’s not near it, just trying to get as close as possible)...anybody with serious experience on on or both..? What did and didn’t you like..? Anything to watch out for..? I have no real experience with either.. Thanks in advance...
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Seeing “thumper,” the first thing that came to my mind was Larry Graham and Louis Johnson thumpin’ and pluckin’. As for your question, I would take an old Telecaster with a single coil pickup.
  3. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    I’d say the Fender because it’s more durable than a gibson. However, the mudbucker combined with the shorter scale of the Gibson should be very thumpy, not to discredit the Fender ofc. Any bass with a mudbucker will thump.
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  4. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    This is the pickup in a 70s Tele. I had one, and it is all thump
  5. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    Yup...I’ve been digging as deep as I can into Teles lately...I’ve always loved Paul Jackson’s Tone (though I’m really not sure if his has the Hun bucket or not)...
  6. I've owned both in the past and still have a couple of '60s Gibbys.

    The biggest difference is in the feel. If you like a baseball bat neck with a vintage radius, Tele is your friend. Having said that, I'm not keen on Fender's rendition of 3-bolt or their QC at the time that these were produced.

    Pre-73 Gibsons - with the pickup located right at the bottom of the neck - are a completely different animal and I know quite a few people who could never get along with their 12" radius and often narrow string spacing. There are numerous subtle and less subtle variations from year to year that one may want to take into consideration. With the mute engaged and the pickup volume at 6 or so, you may get into somewhat of an upright territory, especially with tapewounds.

    Both the Tele and the EB-0 will give you the thumpy, dark, wooly sound without too much definition unless you take some serious time to learn how to EQ them to your liking. You might find yourself getting bored with it at some point and wish that there was another pickup on the given bass, like thousands of bass players before you had.

    If I were interested in a bass to serve similar purposes to your intended ones, I'd be looking at an EB-3 (or a modded EB-0) or an already modded Tele Bass. However, a "slothead" EB-3L (1970-72) with a 34" scale would likely offer the best of both worlds, being more sonically defined than a short-scale Gibby while still being able to bark as needed, while being way more versatile than an un-modded second-generation Tele. The downside of these basses is that they only have 19 frets and a very pronounced neck dive. If these two aspects don't bother you that would be my first recommendation.

    If you're willing to look outside of the initial Fender/Gibson variety, Ovation Magnum would be another instrument that could fit the bill very well IMO.

    My experiences only...
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  7. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Yeah, but with that pickguard you look like you’re auditioning for a gig with Conway Twitty.
  8. he did not play one with a Humbucker. Single coil Tele or precision with round wounds is his tone.
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  9. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    If you want either one of them to thump just add a piece of foam back by the bridge.
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  10. Adienn7


    Jan 26, 2007
    How about make a hybrid artec hot pickup on a parts flender..
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  12. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Did you say Tele Pup ?
  13. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass TB (Tele Bass)
    Made in Indonesia with a very nice 34" scale neck.
    That "Fender" wide range humbucker in that location is thump city.
    The pickup has an output of 23K ohms, so a powerhouse.
    I took off the 2 saddle bridge and put on a Hipshot.

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  14. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
  15. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    What is a thumper? Never heard of that term.
    Any sound examples of the sound you are after?
  16. crobasster


    Jun 16, 2009
    Lakland Jerry Scheff !
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  17. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    Why not just take one of your old Ps slap some old flats on it and dial it in? Save money. If I had a base for every possible situation I would not have enough room fit it all on the stage
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  18. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I still watch it if happens to comes on.
  19. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017