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Why you don't like Modulus basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tumbao, Jun 22, 2002.

  1. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    I'd like to get a Flea 5... but 35 scale!?!
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I don't know about you, but I like em, especially the Quantum 5 w/EMG's!!!!
  3. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    who's badmouthing them??
  4. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Uh...the Flea bass is a 34" scale neck...? :confused:
  5. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    Modulus basses are excellent! Great feel and tone from both barts and emgs. I would love to own one!
  6. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Had a fretless M92 once. Just couldn't get into the graphite board. I guess I'm into the wood boards. Bass was light as a feather, though, and pretty. Just a little too bright tone wise, but I know that's what some cats are looking for.
  7. I'm into the tone, but I hate the skinny necks. Totally wrong for my hands.
  8. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I love mine.:D I have a Quantum 5 with Bart pups and 3 band eq.

    You are not gonna find a Flea 5 with 35" scale, they are 34". The only way to get a 35" scale single pickup Modulus, AFAIK, would be to get a Quantum 5 Sweetspot.
  9. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    Me too! Mine is wonderful.
  10. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Love my Q6 with Barts and granadillo board.
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Pricing and availability in Germany/Europe have keep me from looking into them.

    There are so many small German companies who build great basses, so my next bass probably won't come from overseas.
  12. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    Yeah, baby! Modulus is the way to go, imho. My Q4 is my main baby, while my Q6 is the backup, for now. I've got a fretless Q6, too. Looking to get a Q5 this fall, perhaps a used one.

    I tend to like the used Quantums w/EMGs from the early to mid 90's. There's something about those PU's that are just very consistant and not as bright as today's versions.
  13. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    Funny...the two great sounding used Mod's that I've owned where from '91, too...one of which I still own. I guess that was they're "pre-cbs" days, hehe,haha.
  14. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA

    Of course, every individual bass has its own mojo, but IMO, one of the greatest attributes of Modulus basses is consistency. I have probably played at least a dozen different ones before and after buying my Q5, and they were all remarkably similar and equally excellent.

    I have no experience with small run hand builders such as Sadowsky, but as far as production basses, I can't think of another builder with an equally impressive record.

  15. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Couldn't have said it better myself. I too played several Quantums, a few Fleas, and a few of the Genesis and VJ models. Every one of them played just as perfect as the next.
  16. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Count me in as a Modulus fan. Of all the basses I've owned and sold, the one I wish I would have kept was a Modulus Q6. Great playability and I love that distinct Modulus tone.

  17. Darrelpr


    Feb 2, 2002
    Texas, USA
    My Q5 should be getting here (hopefully) in the next 3 - 4 weeks. (Ordered it back the last part of March.)

    I'm as anxious as an expectant father!

    Another Modulust victim
  18. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    eh...don't like 'em too much. i played one with barts, and it didn't have any growl - sounded like your typical bart equipped bass. lots of lows and highs and hardly any mids. the one with EMG's i played sounded too harsh.

    and i hate gloss finished necks.

    but like most basses - i'm sure i could find a configuration that would please me, i just haven't yet. and they sure LOOK pretty.
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    No one instrument is going to please everyone. Re Modulus: bassists who prefer vintage tone often don't like them. There are many advantages to a composite neck, but vintage tone lovers accept the "warts" inherent in wood necks.

    To put it another way: not everyone desires the greater clarity and sustain that a composite bass provides.

    I love my Modulus, but I also enjoy my traditional passive basses.
  20. Darrelpr


    Feb 2, 2002
    Texas, USA
    Agreed. But, you can get Modulus neck with a "satinized" finish - which is how I ordered mine.


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