Jon S. wrote:We've (The Thankful Dads) been auditioning bassists because we lost ours to a classic rock group (stupid bassist! ). Anyone, the last guy to sit in (who was great, we'll almost certainly invite him in) played a vintage Gibson Ripper bass with flatwound black (nylon coated?) strings and sounded UNBELIEVABLE, more like Phil than anyone I've personally played with before.
What's the deal with the Ripper? Anyone here got one?
Grateful Dad wrote:Hey Rusty,
How would flats sound on a Tobias with Barts? Never tried them.
Grateful Dad wrote:
References: Tennessee Jedi and Fretful Dave
Rusty the Scoob wrote: put flats on a bass, especially with wide humbuckers and you're 90% there, tonewise
Rusty the Scoob wrote:Absolutely, those were singles.
Humbuckers and single coils aren't necessarly as noticeably different on a bass as they are on a guitar IMHO - it's more about the shape of the pickup itself, meaning how much of the string the pickup senses. This determines the harmonic content that's amplified.
For example - my J-bass has stacked humbuckers in the traditional J-bass winding size (plus 1 string) and still sounds exactly like a J-bass to me, especially if you bypass the onboard preamp/eq.
Fred Hammon's site has a good comparison between Tall & Skinny vs. Short and Fat pickups on a bass: http://www.hammoneng.com/soundclips1.htm
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