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EADGC compared with BEADG tonality, especially near the octave, Corvettes

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by AdamFf, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. AdamFf

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    Some musings I would like to share. I have two Corvette 5s - a $$ and a Standard (with MEC preamp). I tune the former EADGC and the latter BEADG, for various reasons. I am getting the distinct impression that, especially on the lower strings, the BEADG plays far more happily in terms of clarity and tonality near the octave, than the EADGC. Playing in Bb on it is therefore tending to be very different from in Eb on the other. Both basses are very nice to play. Cheers. Adam
     
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    I think we're talking about pickups an pickup positions here and not so much about the different string gauges.
     
  3. Warwick Official

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    I would agree with DiMarco. You would really need 2 similar pickup configurations with all other specs the same to get a true idea of what you are considering. Either way, glad to hear both basses are very nice to play! Enjoy!
     
  4. AdamFf

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    But with the $$ on single coil, even granted that those are clearly, to the ear, different from the single coils on the standard Corvette, the difference is still there. On many basses over the years I have not found it too nice to be on the E string near the Octave, but with the BEADG things seem different. Ah the joys of subjectivity! And I have always thought that Warwick build quality and woods allow for a far greater range of what is there to come through - a bit like the difference between vinyl/analogue and digital - anyway I will continue to enjoy it and when I next change strings see what happens with the $$ BEADG and the standard EADGC, though I have a feeling they will prefer it they way they are now. They are being played through an old GK 200MB and a GK 210RBH, which cabinet has a very low bottom end.
     
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    I agree. I like the tone of the E string more in B-G tuning and G string in E-C tuning.
    It's probably an indication of poor right hand technique :) but I think I pluck them differently.
     
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    String-wise, all thaz happnin is you start with a 6-string bass
    and sometimes you don't ever touch the B-string whilst other
    times you don't ever touch the C-string ... and yet you expect
    EADG strings would change their tone, depending on which of
    the two non-EADG strings you've chosen to snub ? Come on,
    are you serious ?

    Maybe, just mayyybe, if you had two identical 5-string basses,
    and you strung one up as EADGC and the other as BEADG, a
    minute tonal difference might occur due to the way the strings
    don't really center over each pole slug on the 5-string PUs, a
    "flaw" common to most basses from various builders. This is a
    hypothetical stretch of credibility. Bassically, you have 2 very
    different basses and therefor are in no position to test the idea
    you present in your OP.

    OTOH, perhaps one of your basses is more suited to EADGC
    and the other is more suited BEADG. Myself owning both $$
    and JJ Vetts, I know without testing which is which ... but I
    know it for MY taste in tone. Different taste would possibly
    mean that the opposite approach would suit someone else.


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  7. AdamFf

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    Certainty in the face of empirics. Now what does that remind one of?
     
  8. golem

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    You talkin to me ? Review it. 1st paragraph is basically description,
    with admittedly a doubting remark. The next paragraph opens with
    a "mayyybe" and 3rd opens with a "perhaps". Certainty ? Where ?


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  9. AdamFf

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    "String-wise, all thaz happnin is you start with a 6-string bass
    and sometimes you don't ever touch the B-string whilst other
    times you don't ever touch the C-string ... and yet you expect
    EADG strings would change their tone, depending on which of
    the two non-EADG strings you've chosen to snub ? Come on,
    are you serious ?"

    Do you feel the irony in 'Sic transit gloria mundi'? Anyway, this is the end of it. No point in arguing.

    Cheers

    Adam
     
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    Do you experience the same thing when you string those two basses vice versa?
     
  11. AdamFf

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    Haven't tried, but will probably do so when I restring them, I think. From the feel of it all, it may have something to do with the balance between the first and root harmonics on the B, (and E) and how these compare with the A string ... I guess we all know how thicker strings feel different played above the octave compared with the thinner ones ... especially on a fast walk. Well above my technical pay grade. Cheers. Adam.
     
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