Which is which: Lakland, Squier, L-2000, Sterling, Bongo soundclips

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GassieBall, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. GassieBall


    Oct 15, 2006
    I was fascinated when some people thought a souped-up active Squier sounded like a Lakland and vice versa in THIS THREAD. Some people were curious as to how the Squier would sound passive. Personally, I didn't like the Audere as it seemed to take away from some high-mid detail. It sounded a little wooly/muffled.

    So here is the new Pepsi vs. Coke vs. Dr. Pepper, etc. challenge:

    The basses are (in no particular order):

    BONGO: EBMM Bongo HH, both pickups, EQ flat
    L-2000: US G&L L-2000, both pickups, single coil, passive
    SQUIER: Squier VM 70's Jazz with Basslines SJB-2, both pickups wide open
    LAKLAND: Lakland Skyline DJ4 both pickups wide open
    STERLING: EBMM Sterling HS, both pickups, EQ flat

    Clip A
    Clip B
    Clip C
    Clip D
    Clip E

    All recordings were from the bass straight into a PreSonus FireBox into a Mac with Garageband. No effects/processing. Strings are DR Sunbeams. All are quite fresh except for the Bongo (two months old, not played much at all, sitting in hard shell case).

    I guess the point of this is not to say bass X is better than bass Y, but rather to ask the question if a bass that we think has a particular signature tone is really that distinguishable from another. Does it really matter or make a difference?
  2. 3toes


    Aug 30, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    My guesses:

    A = Lakland
    B = Bongo
    C = G&L
    D = Sterling
    E = Squier
  3. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Not sure, but I like Clip A the best.
  4. msiner


    Sep 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Not trying to shoot this down or anything, but are the strings at least somewhat similar in gauge/winding/core/manufacturer/age?
  5. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I must be having a bad day, but they all sound really similiar to me.
  6. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006
    I'm not so shure on the Bongo, stingray, g&l files. I don't have a lot of experience with theze basses.

    But here it goes:

    A: Squier
    B: G&L
    C: Lakland
    D: Bongo
    E: Sterling

    I really love these kind of threads. The last one was easier.
  7. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    Yep, that can have a huge impact as we all know.

    Unless all basses had a fresh set of "X" strings they are not equal.

  8. GassieBall


    Oct 15, 2006
    Great point about the strings. All of the strings are DR Sunbeams. All quite fresh save for the Bongo (whichever clip that may be) whose strings are a couple months old but have not been played on much.
  9. A: Sterling
    B: Bongo
    C: Lakland
    D: G&L
    E: Squier

    That's my guess... played through my stock laptop speakers, so really how accurate is that?

    My Fav tone is between A & C... though none of them really have the tone of how I play, so it's tough to say for sure how I would sound through the mix of them.

    B sounded way too thin.
    E was lifeless
    D was warm on the brink of muddy
  10. What even makes this more difficult is that a lot of people don't have direct experience with playing all of these basses. And +1 strings do make a huge difference.

    A&B I like, the others are kind of okay.
    E sounds kind of weak and further away.
  11. msiner


    Sep 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    I could not possibly identify those individual basses, but here is my take:
    A) very full and dynamic, my favorite
    B) zingy and thin
    C) similar to A, but weaker
    D) a bit compressed sounding
    E) warm and not very dynamic

    I like A the most. It is a little bright, but could sound nice with a little bit of treble rolled off. I will be interested to see how the signature sound of these basses matches up with my opinions. Hopefully there will be some surprises.
  12. A = Lakland
    B = Bongo
    C = G&L
    D = Squier
    E = Sterling
  13. Squier or Lakland
    Lakland or Squier

    I am pretty positive on the Sterling and I am nearly positive that the first two are the jazz basses.

    Thank you for the clips, Bill! I think I will record my Sterling later..
  14. phat daddy

    phat daddy

    Jun 16, 2006
    Tampa Bay, FL
    I like A as well, but I don't think I can identify which basses are which; my PC speakers are very quiet and pitiful so I wouldn't be a good source anyways.
  15. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Just out of curiosity, why single coil mode? Isn't that a mod to the instrument?
  16. GassieBall


    Oct 15, 2006
    Oh shoot, I forgot to explain why I put the G&L in that setting. I have a pseudo-custom G&L with a single coil mod from the factory. The original intent of my other thread with the Squier vs. the Lakland was to see if people could tell the difference, so I wanted to add another similar Jazz tone to the mix. I think if I had put the G&L in double-humbucking, series, active, it would be much more of a give away.
  17. My guess:
  18. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    I like A best as well, but would bump a touch of bottom to it or roll off a touch of treble.
  19. I like A and c as well D seems wonky sounding
  20. DrowninSymphony


    Mar 3, 2008
    My guesses:
    A and B, I'm not sure of the order, but I think they are both MM.
    C. Lakland
    D. Squier
    E. G&L

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