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Yet another blind slap test

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbay, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. jbay


    May 23, 2002
    *EDIT - Basses revealed*

    Should be simple enough to get the right answers. Also, tell me which tone you like best. Ignore the poor playing. Here are your contestants:

    All clips were recorded with both pickups on full, direct to computer through a Radial JDI. Light compression applied, slight EQ set via onboard preamps only.

    Clip A
    Stambaugh (Limba Body, Wenge Neck) - Aero Soapbars/ Bartolini NTMB

    Clip B
    FBass BN6 (Swamp Ash Body, Maple Neck) - FBass Singlecoils/ FBass Pre
    *Note: The F was recorded the moment after I put on a brand new set of DR Hi Beams, so in all fairness, its brighter and has more zing here than it normally sounds.

    Clip C
    Jeffrey Yong (Mahogany Body, Maple Neck) - Bartolini Soapbars/Aguilar OBP3

    Clip D
    Stambaugh (Limba Body, Wenge Neck) - Aero Singlecoils/Bartolini NTMB

    Clip E
    Jeffrey Yong (Mahogany Body, Maple Neck - Bartolini Singlecoils/Aguilar OBP3

    Just a visual reference to the basses in question (fretted basses only):
  2. No clue which is which but A sounds the best in my opinion.
  3. You put both the Stammie and the Yong basses on the list twice.
  4. Shmone


    Feb 16, 2009
    I liked B the best, I would guess its "Stambaugh (Limba Body, Wenge Neck) - Aero Singlecoils/Bartolini NTMB", just a rough guess tho.
  5. lowregister


    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison, WI
    B and D are my favorites both have great tone, D with a little more quirky edge.

    E, sounds like the the little engine that couldn't-it tried so hard!

    These kinds of posts are my favorite part about TB, thanks for making it.
  6. mas502arc


    May 14, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Either A (The Stambaugh) or E ( the F bass)

    On a side note, your bass collection just blows me away every time I see it! You've got some nice 6 strings. Beautiful custom basses that just exude sophistication. They're all basses that I myself would buy.
  7. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    C and D sounded really thin to me.
    B was a little scooped in the mids, and E was really scooped in the mids.
    The only one I liked the sound of was A.

    I want to say A and B are the same bass, Just more scooped in B.
    I want to say C and E are the same bass, Just more bass in E.
    D is the third bass.

    This is, if you meant that you recorded two of the basses twice..IS that what you meant?
  8. jbay


    May 23, 2002
    Yep, the Stambaugh and the Yong were recorded in humbucking mode and singlecoil mode. The F's humbucking mode is essentially stacked singles, so didn't bother with that.
  9. amadeusex


    Aug 16, 2008
    Athens Greece
    I like A an B.
  10. No idea which clip was which, but I liked A by a mile. None of the others really did much for me to be honest.
  11. Moonbot


    Jul 27, 2009
    Definitely E the F Bass I think.

    The only one I dislike is C.
  12. At first, I was too busy nodding my head to the music to notice the differences.

    After a more serious listen, though, I'm gonna have to say I like D's tone most.

    But I can't for the life of me guess which one it belongs to. I can only tell which ones are fretted, and which ones aren't. As a Fender guy, I couldn't possibly differentiate between all those soap-barred beautes. This is one blind test where I'm going to completely forfeit!
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    A Fbass
    B Yong singles
    C Stammie soaps
    D Yong soaps
    E Stammie singles

    Probably got them all wrong :D
  14. Nice playing.

    A is the only one that spoke to me at all. I will guess that it is the FBass, but not really sure... didn't really sound like a classic F tone to me, but sounded very good.
  15. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    A was my favorite.
  16. the greek

    the greek

    Apr 17, 2010
    lots of consistency amongst the listeners!!(feel the irony?):spit: - i actually felt that basses "C" and "E" had the warmest sounds - more cappucini(y) - i'm sure, given a few hours with each, most people would find the sound that they wanted from each - send them round any time you like...:D
  17. Boostedrex


    Feb 24, 2009
    Shreveport, LA
    I liked B the best with D being a close second. Though A does have a really nice tone to it.
  18. the greek

    the greek

    Apr 17, 2010
    interesting but how thorough were the test on mother-in-laws??
  19. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    I'm sorry?
  20. steve f

    steve f Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Toxic, Maryland
    I like A the best with B a close second.
    I think A is the Fbass but it could also be B.

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