Whats the easiest bass to slap on?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by v1paul, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. v1paul


    Apr 9, 2009
    I've read threads on what basses have the nicest slap tone but nobodies said what basses are the easiest to slap on. What do you guys think is the easiest bass to slap on?
  2. They are all indifferent to me :s

    The only bass I ever had /Trouble/ slapping on was a vintage fender P, but it was more the guy who owned it had a low-low action and a thumbrest (Aftermarket? - was very close to strings, making really hard to slap without hitting it.)
  3. the easiest bass to slap is the bass you know best (i.e. your main bass) once your technique has reached a certain level slapping on any bass is pretty much the same unless a particular bass is set up horribly, has terribly high/low action etc.
  4. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    string spacing makes a big difference as well, however. I have trouble slapping on my 5ers than on my 4 stringers. 19mm spacing leaves enough gap for my thumb. 16mm...it's a little tight.
  5. The easiest bass I have ever played to slap on is my Steinberger. A close second was a Lakland I played a while back. Status and Modulus also were very simple to slap.
  6. A single pickup Stingray has plenty of open space between the neck & the pickup.
  7. easiest bass i've ever slapped on was an ibanez SR505
  8. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
  9. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Fender Jazz, of course! The pickguard being there makes a differenc to me, as well. I hate slapping on a bass without a pickguard.
  10. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    my fretless warwick lx5 oddly enough
  11. htbgen


    Apr 5, 2007
    Go away and rest for a while - slap sucks - you'll get over it.
  12. Hiya,

    I would say a Status S2 headless or if you can find one, an '80's era Washburn/Status S-1000. Both are headless so you don't have neck dive, 24 frets, balance well and have just the right amount of space around the strings for your fingers and thumb. Also, both have quite possibly the best slap-pop tone out there with the Status pickups/preamp combo.

  13. Basdyret

    Basdyret A repatriated Dane

    Aug 6, 2007
    Billund, Denmark
    My Fodera Monarch Deluxe is by far the easiest to slap on, out of all the basses I've tried or owned. Having never tried those, I do get the impression that Status or Steinberger basses are fabulous for it as well, though.
  14. None that I have found are easy to slap, and I have played abouthalfthe recommended basses. Guess you are all wrong
  15. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I can't think of anything better than a Status for slap.
  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Slap is merely one technique of dozens that can make bass playing more fun, and add versatility to your musical ability.

    If it's mastered, along with the other techniques, you get hired.

    I can't slap (yet) so I have no idea what basses work best.
  17. Some basses slap better than others. Some basses slap MAGICALLY well. I wouldn't go by the type of bass. Try before you decide or buy!!
  18. I have to agree with the SR500. I really wish I would have kept that and not listened to opinions.
  19. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Whichever one you're most familiar with. Due to my unfamiliarity with this type of bass, I actually find a Stingray, the classic slap-bass machine, to be less comfortable to slap on than a Rickenbacker or copy of one.
  20. AS my previous post indicated I flat suck at anything slap related, but I have always found that I need a good compromise between a narrow neck and wider string spacing. The only basses I have even been able to fake slapping skill on were all 4 string Jazz variants and of course the mighty Ray. Obviously someone like Vic Wooten or MArcus Miller who made their names with incredible slap style can make it work on anything, but it has to be easier with certain types of designs.

    Oh, and though the sound isn't really the best for it all the time, a Ric with the pup cover removed is actually a pretty slappable bass.