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[quote name='scrumpymike' timestamp='1449499438' post='2924066']
I'm not into the slap style of playing but, when I was looking round for stuff about the Gibson Les Paul Junior DC before I bought one, I found a great demo of one by Scott Whitley and, if I remember right, it included some slapping. Just Google the bass and it should come up. Btw, if you like it, there's a minter currently on sale on this forum at a very reasonable (for US-built Gibbo) £450 - no, it's not mine!!

Cheers, Mike

PS If you can't find it I'll try and post a link.
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Is it in light blue? Is it short scale bass?

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I'm not a slapper but do have a Ric 4003 and a Thunderbird. Tbh I don't think either are really the best basses for slapping. As someone mentioned the Thunderbird neck is very narrow like a Jazz and the Ric sound tends to be a bit gritty/growly - it can do clean but not like a P or J can

Edit: Neither of them has that top end ring that I imagine you would want for slapping

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[url="https://youtu.be/WAgv0H5oauY?t=1m13s"]https://youtu.be/WAgv0H5oauY?t=1m13s[/url]

^ Sounds fine to me. (longscale mind)

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I can't slap on this because there's too much stuff in the way!

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Wouldn't think a Ric would be ideal for slap and after seeing this I haven't changed that opinion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8KghoIuhqI

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[quote name='Johnny1977' timestamp='1449499756' post='2924075']
Is it in light blue? Is it short scale bass?
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Yep, that's the one. Pelham Blue was the only colour that the bass came in.

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Tried slap bass on my EB3 a few times. Not terrible but you aren't going to get 'that' Fender type slap sound. The longer scale versions like Rippers and Grabbers would probably be a better bet.

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[quote name='Johnny1977' timestamp='1449495197' post='2923973']

Maybe somebody foes have a Gibson bass for sale or trade in for my J-bass?

Thanks in advance
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i have a gibson eb bass for sale. would you care to PM me for details

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I've a few Gibbos: http://basschat.co.uk/topic/76091-gibson-porn/page__st__60 and none of them would be my first choice for slap.

Not my playing style of choice, but definitely the best slap tone I ever had was from an '80 MusicMan Sabre - agree with previous comments that Status / Alembic / Jaydee is probably the way to go though if it's your thing

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Musicman, Stingray if you can afford it, SUB if you can't. Has a boost at very high frequency (if you turn up the treble) making it mountainous for slap.

If you wanted to move away from Leo, who not buy a Jaydee? The active Roadies are slap machines and beautifully made and specified.

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Depends on your idea of slap...but mostly you should be a million miles away from a Gibson bass for slap....especially if your mentor and influence is MK...

Thunk and dunk is mostly the sound you'll get..and that could be quite inteesting but as I say, no where near MK.

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I don't slap, but if I were to, I'd try one of the long scale, bolt-on neck, maple bodied Gibsons... probably a G3 or Victory - they are NOTHING like the EB/tbird/LP basses that most people associate with Gibson... ie no mahogany, no short scale, no overwound humbuckers - the Victory Artist is active too (with a passive mode) and I suspect would give you exactly what you want. But to be fair these are the least Gibsony Gibsons....

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[quote name='evilLordJuju' timestamp='1451223494' post='2938886']
I don't slap, but if I were to, I'd try one of the long scale, bolt-on neck, maple bodied Gibsons... probably a G3 or Victory - they are NOTHING like the EB/tbird/LP basses that most people associate with Gibson... ie no mahogany, no short scale, no overwound humbuckers - the Victory Artist is active too (with a passive mode) and I suspect would give you exactly what you want. But to be fair these are the least Gibsony Gibsons....
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To add to this, my old maple bodied grabber had an amazing slap sound.

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The RD Artist is a slap monster - actually, a tone monster in general.

The "money" bass was nice and would do you fine.

And the current EB bass is also nice and versatile,

All long scale, I believe.

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[quote name='EMG456' timestamp='1451388315' post='2940013']
The RD Artist is a slap monster - actually, a tone monster in general.

The "money" bass was nice and would do you fine.

And the current EB bass is also nice and versatile,

All long scale, I believe.
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Don't be daft, all Gibson basses are awful. Are you new around here? ;)

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[quote name='neepheid' timestamp='1451437969' post='2940546']


Don't be daft, all Gibson basses are awful. Are you new around here? ;)
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Yeah, I'm sorry- quite ridiculous! Don't know what came over me... Won't happen again.

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A common mistake EMG - especially on this thread for some reason. Everyone knows that an ideal world would be Fender 34" ONLY and all forms of deviation from the norm would be eliminated ;)

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[quote name='Johnny1977' timestamp='1449495197' post='2923973']
He guys,

I am a bit new here.

Currently I have Fender Jazz Bass American Standard with custom shop pick ups.

I would like to have an another bass at hand, a little bit different from my Fender. Actually, the Fender is a great instrument except the one thing for me - quite narrow neck. I am looking for a bass with kind of 50th neck profile and short scale length as well.

Recently I came across Gibson basses like Les Paul and SG, EG models. The thing is, the demos I found on youtube showing only finger style playing and sadly no slap at all. I am Mark King`s fan and for me the slap is a must.

Could somebody advise me please if you tried the slap on Gibson basses? How does it sound? Which Gibson bass is the best in your opinion?

Maybe somebody foes have a Gibson bass for sale or trade in for my J-bass?

Thanks in advance
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of course you can. i have a Gibson EB, two humbuckers with split coil and it is very happy to be slapped :-). i am thinking about selling it to be honest.

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I tried out a 2012 Gibson Grabber in PMT last week. It was without doubt the worst sounding bass i've ever played. 3 x single coils, of which they can only be set on a 3 way as bridge + middle / all 3 and neck / middle pickups. The wide spacing of the pickups meant a very muddy sound I could not get any real definition from it, slap was out of the question.

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[quote name='Machines' timestamp='1452084883' post='2946194']
I tried out a 2012 Gibson Grabber in PMT last week. It was without doubt the worst sounding bass i've ever played. 3 x single coils, of which they can only be set on a 3 way as bridge + middle / all 3 and neck / middle pickups. The wide spacing of the pickups meant a very muddy sound I could not get any real definition from it, slap was out of the question.
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Can't say I cared for that model either - much preferred the original seventies/early eighties G-3 - the pickups are different and all the pickups are nearer the bridge. The switching is by design - the middle one is wired the opposite way to the outside ones so you get some humbucking effect whichever setting you use. This is true of both iterations of the bass.

I kinda miss my '78 G-3. Maybe I'll try and score another one some day.

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[quote name='Machines' timestamp='1452084883' post='2946194']
I tried out a 2012 Gibson Grabber in PMT last week. It was without doubt the worst sounding bass i've ever played. 3 x single coils, of which they can only be set on a 3 way as bridge + middle / all 3 and neck / middle pickups.
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That's the same as the wiring on a three pickup Les Paul. Very odd way to do it.

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