What Bass Can Do Everything??~??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Impulsee, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Impulsee

    Impulsee Guest

    Nov 25, 2002
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    I was just at this jazz concert. And I was standing there, and this killer jazz bass player came on and was just ripping through riffs. The stuff this guy thought of was just incredable, he was going all over the neck and just..play so fast and smooth, and i was just in shock. He had this weird Squire P-bass 5, but with jazz pickups or something. He tryed to explain it to me, but i was like "whaaa" and then he had to go. So on the way home, all i could think about was how much i wanted to be a jazz player. I own a 4 string fender jazz, but i want a 5, and i really want something for jazz. But then about 5min later, my friend puts in some Rock, and then im like "whatever with jazz, i want a bass that sounds rock and is awesome" But then, we put in the jazz cd i bought there, and im like "forget about rock, i wanna play jazz". Now this kinda stuff happens to me allll the time. I'll start listning to one type of music, and ill wanna play all that, then something else, and ill wanna play that. I tried this Fender Aerodyne, and i was gonna die, it gave me that jazz sound i wanted, and i was just in love with it. But i really want a Pedulla Rapture 5 string. hmm...I cant make up my mind. Does anyone know any basses where one minute, you can be ripping through jazz riffs, and your bass has that low tone jazz thud to it, and then the next minute, go rock crazy??~?? thank you to all you people who read all of that ^_^.

    - w00t
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    It ain't the bass, it's the player.
  3. Aristotle

    Aristotle Guest

    May 12, 2002
    Easton, MD
    That bass is the Squier 5-String P-Bass Special. It's essentially a P-Bass body, neck and pickgaurd, but with two jazz style pickups, it does look pretty wierd at first glance.
  4. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Putnam, CT
    I have to agree with Fuzzbass. However, a Fender Jazz will pretty much handle almost any type of music.
  5. True.. You should pick up the bass you feel more confortable with. And jazz and rock, as you name them shouldn't be a sort of ..opposite influences.. You should take everything you like and everything that influences you and try finding your own path.. A certain bass won't make you play a specific kind of music, everything is inside you.
  6. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Fenders have been doing everything for fifty years.
  7. Impulsee

    Impulsee Guest

    Nov 25, 2002
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    no no NO. lol none of this "its not the bass, its the player, sit down and find which bass feals right to you" stuff. Iv herd it 1000 times, and i know its true, but thats not what im asking. I know this guy who only plays jazz, and he has this bass spacificly for jazz, that low end thud stuff. and no matter how i play, when you play it with anything except jazz music, it just sounds out of place. and my friend who is a guitarest, needed a cheap bass a while back, so he bought this one cheap thing, idk what it was, but i put it on some rock tracks, it sounded fine. But i was fooling with it, and it sounded wayyy out of place with anything except rock. Funk, jazz, anything. It just sounded like "no, its not suppost to sound like that" and it wasent me, because other peopl tried too, and it just dident work. so no more "its not the bass ,its the player" stuff. becuase that can only be so far, the bass has some to do with it. YOu can be the best jazz bass player in the world, and pick up a bass and it sounds horrable with jazz. and I know that everyones gonna probably say 'fender jazz' because i know. I own a fender jazz, and it sounds good with everything, but im looking for other things. Im just curious.

    - w00t
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Short answer: G&L L2000 or L2500.
    Long answer: the player.
  9. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Your short answer is longer than your long answer.:)
  10. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    I wish one could but than I would not have this problem..............(check out the link,than click the attachment)



    Actually, I agree with the above statemens, about it being the player and such, I believe any bass player that you know of and admire, could pick up a 2x6 piece of lumber with rubber bands and make it sound good. Get the one that give you gas!:D

  11. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada
    I dunno. My current bass is a Musicman Stingray5 with a piezo bridge pickup. Compared to the ONE (lol, what a huge amount of comparison!) G&L 2500 I have tested, this bass has a huge amount of versitity. With the 3 band active EQ, PLUS the piezo, I can effectively replicate almost any bass to a pretty good degree. I know lots of people claim you can't do a very good Jazz with this bass, but let me tell you if you get the settings right you can almost think it is a jazz bass. It's got HUGE growl that works great with funk and rock, and with the piezo I can make it sound almost as punchy as a P-bass, and with a toned down Bass I can get it sounding like a Jazz.

    Basically, it's everything I imagine I will ever need.

    G&Ls are good basses, but I hardly think they have the versatility of this bass. If you had wanted a 4 string I would have recommended a P-bass special with the P/J configuration, however that doesn't work too well for 5 string. I honestly suggest you look for a Jazz bass if you don't have the cash. A MM SR5 with piezo will run you around $2000 and for that many people would rather go custom.
  12. lakland 5594?
  13. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    You can more or less play anything on any bass, it just might not sound or look quite "traditional". There's no one bass that does it all though, fretted/fretless, J/P, thump/high-tech, smooth/growly, all sorts of extremes, and how could one instrument do all that? The Jazz bass is by many considered the most versatile, and the Precision has probably been used for every imaginable type of music. First get an instrument that feels good to play, then go from there.

    And now the long answer... :)
  14. Ihave never played a pedulla rapture 5, but I saw it in the pedulla website and it doesn't seem to have a jazz PUp in the bridge position so.. I dont think it can produce what I know as the traditional sound of a jazz bass.. But there are TONS of basses that can give you that tone.. not having to be a Fender J..
  15. Masamax

    Masamax Guest

    Jun 11, 2003
    Edmonton AB, Canada

    Well, I'd say that pup configuration is the most popular around in one form of another.
  16. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Ah, but isn't that the eternal paradox?


    or something.
  17. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    OK OK...i have the answer.....the player....
    there isn't a bass thats just for that type of music...
    the player decides if its going to sound all rock out...or smooth and jazzy...its all in the fingers
    and the jazz bass covers everything...

  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    No bass does EVERYTHING. It really does depend on the player and what he wants to play. Think about it, Ibanezes are looked at as Nu Metal/Rock basses, but it's Gerald Veasley's (Jazz) main ax. Warwick's were looked at as funk/jazz/soul basses, but alot of country, nu metal, and rock guys play them. Noone thought about Laklands being used in today's rap metal type music until Papa Roach came along. Hell, the guy in Hoobastank plays an MTD, and those used to be looked at as just gospel, jazz, soul, and funk basses. To me, it depends on what the player wants to play. Look how many genres of music Sadowsky's artists play.
  19. Mike A

    Mike A

    Oct 3, 2002
    agree 100%