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What basses 'Mwaaahh' that aren't a Wish bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Diesel Kilgore, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. And what is it thats part of the design that makes them Mwaaahh? Being fretless?

    Ive been looking more closely at what Wish basses are all about and have more appreciation for them. But if I ever had one built it would have to be more of my own design. But back to the point...My favorite feature is the great Mwaaahh that I hear time and time again in the vids ive watched.

    But is this only specific to Wish? What is causing that effect? What else out there Mwaaahs? Is it just a fretless thing?
  2. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Fretless and a really hard fingerboard, like ebony or epoxied rosewood.
  3. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Fretless and plucking above the fretboard.
  4. I have a purple G&L L2000 c1990 that mwahs like theres no tomwahrow.:p
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I find Wishbasses kinda "moo", not mwah.

    I think Pedulla when I think mwah.

    Just me though.
  6. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    It's my understanding that mwah, muaha, or muhahahaha, comes from a hard fingerboard and low action and plucking near the end of the fingerboard.
  7. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    My Curbow has plenty of Mwaaahh and believe it or not I have an older Waterstone fretless Lulu bass that has Mwaaahh X 10
  8. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Daytona beach, Fl
    ...also a straight neck
  9. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The Squier VM fretless has lots of mwah
  10. So if I just went fretless I would be closer to Mwaaah? Cool.
  11. Here's an A/B comparison with the second being my new fretless.

    This thing has TONS of mwahhh. Epoxy over a BEM board.


  12. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    True Dat. You can use the truss rod to control the amount of Mwah. The more relief in the neck the less mwah and the cleaner the tone.
  13. I think I need a fretless. :D
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Zon, Zon, or Zon. Maybe a Zon. You could also try a Zon. Fretless of course!
  15. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, if you've got a fretted bass that has mwaaah, you've got a problem.
  16. Two questions:

    1. Would a maple neck be hard enough?

    2. Is applying epoxy to a neck a DIY job?
  17. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    As long as it has rounds and not flats you can get that sound pretty easy IMO
  18. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    MWah! WishBasses just can't take a Good Slapping!


    And the D-Strings are Kinda Weak...


    Disclaimer - No WishBasses were actually Harmed in the making of this Post!

    Damaged WishBass provided by UPS Ground-n-Pound
  19. Justyn

    Justyn Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2002
    Richmond, VA
    Fretless...and knowing how to set one up and play it.
  20. Pedulla Buzz basses are Mwaaah City.