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Which one to gig with?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FishDub, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Ok if you had a choice to take to a gig with you regarding performance, cutting through, tone and reliability amongst other things, which one would it be?
    -steinberger xl2
    -Warwick thumb nt4
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Either would be fine but the Thumb gets the nod from me purely for aesthetic reasons ;)
  3. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I would definitely take the Thumb :)
  4. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    I think as different as they are in all ways, people are more conscious of appearance. Perhaps if the xl had the looks of the thumb it may be a bit different?
  5. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    never played the xl but love my thumb
  6. It'd be the Thumb for me too. They're famous for having a very cutting mid-range, and sit really well in any mix I find. They also look better IMO, though the neck dive might introduce palyability issues.
  7. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    thumb FTW
  8. ZachariahLee


    Feb 3, 2013
    I'll choose the other one so it's feelings won't get hurt.
  9. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I'll choose the other one just because Warwicks have a bit too much growl for me (and I like a bit of growl).

    If it was just on looks, I'd go with the Warwick, but honestly I'm not a fan of the looks of either of those basses.
  10. Warwick, but I suppose the Steinberger could be a backup.
  11. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I've never gigged a Warwick, but I can say that I always found it amazingly easy to get good results with my Steinberger XL2. It was my go-to gigging bass for years. Compact, rugged, and stays in tune for weeks - literally.
  12. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Interesting range of responses.. I love both. There is something about the xl2 emg humbuckers and unique construction, yet the thumb with its own unique construction, eq, pickups and woods that are special as well
  13. As with the others, Thumb all the way.
    Very distinctive tone, great for cutting through. But hell, that Steinberger is small enough to bring to the gig in your back pocket as a backup, right? ;)
  14. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    It sure is! And it's got all the low end you need
  15. xkomo


    Feb 6, 2011
    Thumb all the way
  16. Thumb's up!