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Slap tone comparison


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  1. 1. Which slap tone?

    • Jazz
      14
    • Yamaha BBP34
      2
    • Ray4
      8


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Thanks for posting that! Enjoyed that a lot.

 

Just to understand the base line:

Were the strings identical in terms of make / model and the same age on all three basses?

Which pup settings did you have the basses on and were the EQs all set flat?

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14 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Thanks for posting that! Enjoyed that a lot.

 

Just to understand the base line:

Were the strings identical in terms of make / model and the same age on all three basses?

Which pup settings did you have the basses on and were the EQs all set flat?

Both pickups on jazz and BB. Tone controls were 100% up on Jazz and BB. Treble and bass on the Ray4 were slightly past middle position I would say. Ernie ball slinky strings on all three, The Ray had the oldest, and the Jazz the newest. But no string set were too old or brand new out of the package.

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The Jazz is definitely the brightest tone consistent with newest strings, then followed by the Ray (with the oldest strings), so the least slap zingy for me was the Yamaha. I'd personally have the P34 on solo bridge pup for slap, rather than the more mid scooped PJ setting, but that's a personal preference. 

 

Thanks for taking the time to record and share that and, while being a Yammy lover with zero Fenders in my toolbox, my vote went to the...Fender :)

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11 hours ago, Al Krow said:

I'd personally have the P34 on solo bridge pup for slap, rather than the more mid scooped PJ setting, but that's a personal preference. 

The bridge pickup slap is a cool unique sound too, like on “thank you for letting me be mice elf” by Sly Stone. Of course, neck pickup slap sounds awesome as well. That’s for another poll…

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I've owned several of those 3 "paradigms" and what I hear matches my experience. Jazz Bass? More detailed and "refined". Stingray? In your face yet the most mix friendly (pretty "rustic" when playing on your own really, not that pleasant, but shines in any band mix). BB? Scooped in comparison (and a bit nasal in the OP video). Nice vid, nice playing, nice tones. 👍

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On 23/09/2021 at 07:58, andruca said:

Stingray? In your face yet the most mix friendly (pretty "rustic" when playing on your own really, not that pleasant, but shines in any band mix).

”Rustic” is a fun term that could apply to P basses as well!

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On 24/09/2021 at 18:35, Vanheusen77 said:

”Rustic” is a fun term that could apply to P basses as well!

Agree. Yet, a P is a bass you can play on your own and sounds good, despite the "primitive" nature of its tone (there goes another funny adjective). According to statistics I'm making up just right now, 99% of people who ditch a Stingray do so in frustration after playing it too much on their own. There lies the usual "either love it or hate it" narrative around Stingrays. Should instead be more like "you either love it in a band setting or only play it home on your own and end up hating it".

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2 hours ago, Ricky Rioli said:

 

What is it about the Stingray that makes playing one as a leisure activity increasingly frustrating? 

 

It's too in your face for my taste. And I appreciate it being the argument of many who, in the end, give up on them (without sufficient band experience). You can roughly "tame" a Stingray, but if you want a "polite"/"delicate" tone out of them that's harder to achieve. OTOH it's a different instrument on flatwounds, I have 2 indeed, one is permanently on flats and happens to be "polite" enough for solo recreational playing.

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