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What boutique basses have a fat sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by njdenis1, Oct 4, 2005.


  1. njdenis1

    njdenis1

    Dec 12, 2004
    What boutique basses have a fat sound similar to the musicman bass sound?
     
  2. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    I never thought of a MM as fat sounding...more cutting. I consider Sadowskys pretty fat sounding, in the Fender vein.
     
  3. Niskamies

    Niskamies

    Jan 13, 2004
    Tobias basses sound pretty fat.
     
  4. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Some Fodera's certainly do
     
  5. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    Really depends on how you have them built. You can get ALOT of different sounds from the same maker depending on pickups, wood, etc...

    My roscoe sounds really really fat...but then again so did the Fbass i played...and i'm sure my Valenti will sound pretty fat as well :smug:
     
  6. hmm i guess by fat i mean the opposite of a jazz bass...i would consider that pretty thin
     
  7. Snarf

    Snarf

    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

    I find the opposite of your opinion to be true.
     
  8. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Any bass can sound "fat" if you pick closer to the neck.
     
  9. Frugle

    Frugle

    Sep 4, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    DOWN BOYS ... DOWN!!!

    I'm pretty sure he meant pluck :bag:
     
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    As a P-bass aficionado, I agree with this statement. Yes, J-basses can sound fat, but to my ears a P-bass will be even fatter in the same situation. Likewise, a P-bass can growl, but a J-bass will be growlier (so to speak). Depends on one's definition of growl, of course....

    Anyway, for fat-sounding boutique I would go with MTD. Roscoe basses also seem to be fat, but I don't have enough experience with them to recommend them.
     
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    P.S. Lakland basses have the MM-style pickup in the bridge position, and some Lakland owners say it can do the MM thing pretty well.
     
  12. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I'd have to say from experience, Fuzz's Sadowsky P5 had tons of "fat" to it.

    The Roscoes have a fat, big sound, but I would describe them more as "punchy" than fat. Killer tone that will cut through anything.
     
  13. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    It does the MM thing quite well, but the Barts seem to be missing on the "zing" of a MM.
     
  14. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I'm "fat," but I don't have much growl.
     
  15. Alot of higher end basses have bart soapbars. I would consider that a pretty clean/piano like tone. What would be the opposite of that lol
     
  16. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    Darkstars (?), Eb-0 style pups...
     
  17. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I disagree. The Darkstar has an amazingly wide frequency response . Until you've played a Darkstar or Hagstrom pickup, you just don't know how "fat" they really are for what is actually a single coil.

    There are other old humbucker style pickups that may be thin sounding, but the Darkstar isn't one of them.

    Obviously, this is to my ears.
     
  18. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    That was my point lol.
     
  19. brianh

    brianh

    Aug 19, 2005
    NYC
    Endorsing: Epifani Amplification
    F BASS
     
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    The majority of my basses are easily capable of fat sound. Even the Jazz types.