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Which bass best fits this sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dmaki, May 13, 2002.

  1. G&L L-2000

    14 vote(s)
  2. Alembic Orion 4

    3 vote(s)
  3. Warwick SSII 4

    17 vote(s)
  4. Warwick Dolphin Pro I 4

    8 vote(s)
  5. Modulus Genesis 4

    1 vote(s)
  6. Modulus Quantum 4

    6 vote(s)
  7. something else that you specifically have in mind

    8 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    I'm looking into getting a new bass, and there are several ones that I'm interesting in, but I'm not sure which one would be the "best" for the sound I'm looking for. I want a bit of a rolled off high end, with growly mids and a tight low end, but also some versatility. As I'm not accessable to almost all of these basses so I'm not sure which one would be more of "my sound", so I'm hoping you guys could help point me into a direction of which one could work better in your opinion(s)... Thanks for the comments/votes in advance!


    PS. I'm looking to spend under $1500 (used, obviously:D) and I'm not sure if thats feasible for all of the above, such as the Moduli and the Alembic...
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    IME, Warwick is always associated with growly mids. You might consider trying out some of those basses. They also have a real nice preamp in there so you can roll back the treble as much as you want, or turn it up for a nice slapping sound.
  3. I 100% agree with lo-end regarding the growly mids thing and Warwick. The SSII, among others, growls like a mofo...

    However, the #1 bass when I PERSONALLY think of growly mids is a Rick 4003.

    With the right strings, these things go right through a mix. However, they totally have a different character than a Stingray, for example. Stingrays use treble snap to slice right through a mix, while Ricks use mids and bulldoze their way in, ripping through. Ricks have very little highs, but still get heard.

    I'm feeling very descriptive today. :D
  4. If you want versatility, G&L L-2000 is probably the best way to go. It can do a decent impersonation of the stingray, j and p basses, so I'm sure you could find your sound in there somewhere. 'Rays have a tight low end with plenty of mids, but they do have a decent amount of high end that can go from bright to harsh, even if you roll down the Hi-EQ you just get quieter brightness IMO.
  5. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay

    As stated above, the ultimate in versatility.

    I was playing my L-2500 (5 string L-2000) in band class today, and was playing with Jazz bass sounds (Santana- Oye Como Va), P-bass sounds (???- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy), and a EB Musicman sound (Herbie Hancock- Chameleon).

    Thats not to say that it doesn't have its own tone, just that today I felt like taking advantage of what I could do.

    In my own band I use a purely G&L tone, and sometimes suped up jazz and P- bass tones too.

    Its got great midrange on it too, but it doesnt have a mid knob. Oh well.

  6. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    My friend has an early 80s L-2000 with the skunk stripe, pre-lawsuit headstock, and front routed electronics. It has a great tone and feel to it. I went into a store the other day and they had a brand new L-2000 with a maple board (my friend's is rosewood) and an ash body (I think my friend's is alder) and the one in the store was a bit too bright. I didn't get to mess around with the EQ too much, but I felt like I've been cheated for 2+ years with my current bass (an Ibanez GSR 200 with EMGs). I was impressed with the versatility and actually found a tone that was very close to what I had in my head for months in a few minutes flicking switches and turning knobs that I wasn't familiar with.

    Which one do you think would be more suiting if I don't like a really bright sound, a Mahogony body (if I can find one that has one) or an Alder body, and an Ebony fretboard or a Rosewood?

    Sorry for being tedious, but thanks for the advice!

  7. I got my Peavey Cirrus 4str for the equivalent of 1000$, new.
    This is one of the most versatile basses I've ever played with the 3band EQ (Bass, Middle, Treble) and the response when you move your hand closer to the bridge or closer to the neck is extremely good. You can get any sound <B>I</B> want with this bass.:)
    I bought this bass around christmas 2001 and still haven't had to changed the Strings (4 months) because the sound is still great. The setup on this bass was also incredible. I hardly have to use any force at all to push down the strings.

    I really reccomend trying this bass. Give it a shot!
  8. dreadhead


    Feb 1, 2002
    You're right! The Stage II can give a Jaco tone (cutting the highs) just like alder bodied basses, and a tremendous punchy sound when you slap, pop, etc. I think it's one of the most versatile basses in the world.
  9. dreadhead


    Feb 1, 2002
    Well Dave, I think you should give a try to the Streamer Stage II and to the L-2000 (if you like Fenderish tone). But if you put your hands on both the basses, you'll be conquered from the wonderful construction of the Warwick...
  10. mids + lows ? warwick !
  11. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    yeah, SSII all the way. one of the most versatile axes i've ever heard - which is odd seeing as how theres only a blend, an active passive switch, and 3 band eq. but it gets the job done.

    ps. dreadhead has a badass SSII 4 string for sale in the classifieds, you should check it out <wink wink> ;)
  12. dreadhead


    Feb 1, 2002
    Well, I need the money to get other stuff, but every time I play the Stage, I think I should hold it... it's SUPER! My drummer loves it!
  13. JWBass


    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
    I voted Quantum 4, but I'm a Modulus kinda guy.
  14. dreadhead


    Feb 1, 2002
    It's just a matter of taste... there's a lot of people who loves graphite/carbon neck... I don't like them.
    They give a lot of punch to the bass, but IMHO they make it sound "cold". I think that the best feature of these necks is that they don't warp. But if you're not a session-man who travels a lot, this features disappears...
  15. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    you should try a usa curbow...the rockwood is great. the best of both worlds.
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I bought my Modulus for the tone and build quality, not the carbon fiber neck (though I must admit I think it looks totally cool, especially w/no fretboard dots...:)) I can coax as much growl as I want from my Quantum, but that said its strength is clarity (especially the B string, woo!), so if you're looking for mids and growl the place to start is with Warwick.
  17. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
  18. dreadhead


    Feb 1, 2002
    I agree... but you should consider that you'll must spend $1,500.00 for the bass and a lot of money/time to repair all its problems!
    Really sweet, though!
  19. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i found that a g&l sb-2 is perfect!!
    but not the new ones and old one!
    about 1982 to 1984 0r 85
    they have everthing.
    it has a three way select switch

  20. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    After finding out that I need to buy a new car, and losing $100 at the casino tonight (it still stings:( ) I've realized my budget for gear has been slashed... well... by a lot. After playing a few L-2000's, I think that I found what I'm looking for.

    If you have an alder- or mahogany-bodied G&L L-2000 with a rosewood or ebony fretboard, in good condition and are looking to sell it, please PM me. I'd like to give it a good home!!:D (Color preference would be Red, Blue, or Sunburst... but I'd consider other colors too, I'm not sure of all that have been available the last ~20 years...)

    Thanks for all the great replies, and thanks in advance if you have a G&L to offer


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