Which bass sounds better?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by allexcosta, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Bass 1

    50 vote(s)
  2. Bass 2

    44 vote(s)
  3. Both sound really bad

    13 vote(s)
  1. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
  2. BZadlo

    BZadlo Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Bass 2 sounds best to me. Humbuckers? It has a nice bump in the lower mids which makes the fingerstyle stuff sound really ballsy.
    Both sound great though.
  3. two1frets


    Jul 17, 2009
    Hey, I voted bass 2, cause I thought your overall tone was better. Btw, I really enjoy listening to your style, any tips on how to play that way? How long have you been playing? What did you record with? Nice clip! :bassist:

  4. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    Bass 2.
  5. fontez5


    Apr 19, 2009
    Columbia, IL
    I've got to go with #1. 2 sounds too much like a J neck pickup only, which I'm not a huge fan of... But I have to say both are great in their own right and your playing SLAYS!!
  6. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Minor EQ differences, the essential quality of the sound is very, very similar, if not identical. I would not characterize one as... way better than the other.

    I will say unequivocally, that your playing is great. Great feel, great lines... ;)
  7. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass XBass Cables Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    !st - AWESOME PLAYING! 2nd - I prefer the more aggressive tone of Bass #1... more modern sounding(?), but... perhaps that's where I'm at.
  8. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    ^^ They sound almost exactly the same to me with very slight differences. Number two, for instance, doesn`t seem as present in the mix as the first, yet it`s overall tone seems a bit smoother. In all honesty, they sound like either very slight EQ tweaks, or you just changed your attacks location some.

    Honestly, either works for me, although I would personally run the pops through a different track and completely reconfigure the EQ for the finger plucking and do that on another track for a better tone.
  9. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
  10. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    It's the same bass, different pickups. One is hum-cancelling, the other is single-coil.
    Strings are Rotosound Stainless 0.45
    Bass is active, pre-amp totally flat, no other EQ'ing or effect whatsoever. Setup is identical, pickup height measured with a ruler and as close as it could be without a caliper. Both clips have blend in half position.
  11. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I like #1 a little better, it's a tad more aggressive and #2 is just slightly more "well mannered" sounding to me. Both sound great, though, so it's not a biggy. :)
  12. track 1 is incredible. track 2 sounds great but it's not as alive as track 1.
  13. Tropic


    May 19, 2009
    Woodbridge, Va
    I like #2 better, don't know why.
  14. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I like 1 a little better; i think the brighter tone fits the playstyle better. The lows were a bit farty at times, was that they keyboard?
  15. Bass 1...It's more present in the mix, the second one just doesn't stand out quite as much. I like the slightly more aggressive sound of the first one.

    Great playing on both track though! Two thumbs way up...
  16. dwc3690

    dwc3690 Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Metro Detroit Area
    I think for your style #1 is the better choice, it really brings out the technical ornamentation you execute.

    What are the basses?
  17. track 1 for sure
  18. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    It's the same bass, different pickups.
  19. To me, track 2 sounds a bit more muffled. A little duller. 1 sounds more grunty, but clearer.
  20. dwc3690

    dwc3690 Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Metro Detroit Area
    Interesting. Mind disclosing?