Dismiss Notice
Join The Good Vibe Zone today, and hangout with the nicest bass community in the world :)

Warwick - Fender - Alembic - Musicman !!!

Discussion in 'Bass Clips' started by pertyman, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. pertyman

    pertyman

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Same bass line with all my basses, recorded only with little compressor. tell me what you think !
     

    Attached Files:

  2. da-vonk

    da-vonk Warwick Enthusiast forevah

    Joined:
    May 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,820
    Likes Received:
    117
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Da Netherlandz
    Wow, cool basses Pertyman !! And don't ask me why, but after I've listened to all of them several times (BIG FUN !!) I've come to the next conclusion...

    nr 5 : the fretless Stingray
    nr 4 : the Stingray
    nr 3 : The Alembic (for its definition, almost sounds like a synth)
    nr 2 : the Fender Jazz (nice fat basses, man I love that 'honkadahonk'-sound !)
    and the winner is....by far (!)...the Warwick Jazzman !! Simply because it's got it all !!
     
  3. Martin Such

    Martin Such

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    604
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    UK / Switzerland
    and for me...

    5. Alembic
    4. MusicMan
    3. Fender
    2. fretless MM
    1. Warwick.

    I can't tell you why. Some sounds just make me happy and some other sounds... well, not so much ;)
     
  4. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    17,817
    Likes Received:
    1,843
    Trophy Points:
    114
    Woow, thanks for the clips perty, really nice comparison.

    The Warwick has exactly the type of growl I like on a bass. I used to boost those frequencies, and to adjust the technique to find that kind of voice. Our basses seem to have that sound built in :)

    The Fender is nice, but it lacks in the mids area for my taste. It has no voice there. This is strange, I've heard better sounding Fenders...

    The Alembic is a bad mofo, but i find it's growl to bit quite sterile for my taste. I prefer it located lower. I find that lacks some low mids.
    The Music Man is my second fav here, but then again, when I listen to the Jazzman mmmmmmm :)

    This is just my opinion based on my taste, and on my limited experience. And also, it is for this style of playing.
    Probably for fingerstyle, the order would be different. Would you try and record some with fingers, and with a plectrum too?

    Thanks one more time!
     
  5. wicked4stringSlinger

    wicked4stringSlinger

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC, USA
    Yes, please. x2 on the plectrum versions.
     
  6. JanVanHove

    JanVanHove Artist

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    Messages:
    3,393
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Brussels, Belgium
    my favorites are the Alembic and the Warwick...

    the warwick because it's thick and dark, and Alembic for the exact opposite...
     
  7. Stefan79

    Stefan79

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2008
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Sweden
    Man that Jazzman sounds sweet I used to think Fenders was the best sounding bass for slap n pop but now Im not sure.
     
  8. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,669
    Likes Received:
    1,289
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Athens, GR
    Real Name:
    Yanni
    I totally dislike musicmans for slap. (Go figure... :roll:)
    The one I liked the most was the Fender, simple round focused lows and highs, no mids for me as far as slap is concerned. The Alembic was really raw, I expected it to be sterile from some of the descriptions I 've read here, it was quite fun. Nice observation by Flo at how it growls in higher mids than the Jazzman. The Jazzman had a nice more spread out ultra low end that I liked a lot. Nice work slapping a fretless... :)

    Question: Is the midrange of the Jazzman always so prevalent? Is it easy to make it sound more like the Fender? (oh the blasphemy)
    In pertyman's video where he demos his Jazzman midrange is always so prevalent. I wonder if it can sound well when mid-scooped.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 30, 2009
  9. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    17,817
    Likes Received:
    1,843
    Trophy Points:
    114
    They are very different basses... different woods, different frets, necks, etc. They will never sound the same.
    But, a good theory is that you can scoop the mids of a bass that is strong in that area. You cannot boost the mids on a bass that don't have them.
     
  10. Martin Such

    Martin Such

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    604
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    UK / Switzerland
    yeah, when it comes to eq-ing, cutting is almost always a more effective tool than boosting.
     
  11. pertyman

    pertyman

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    4 diferent EQ sample:

    all in the middle position and in hambacker switch:
     

    Attached Files:

  12. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,669
    Likes Received:
    1,289
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Athens, GR
    Real Name:
    Yanni
    I love how usable all the sounds are! The flat setting has a wonderful bark! bark! as if it is a happy and not a rabid dog. :) The full boost bass/treble and full cut mids is a beautiful slap tone! Even at these extreme settings extremely usable, and it is just bright enough, I thought it would be too dark. I mean if it were a little less bright I would start considering it problematic for a slap tone. Great stuff pertyman, thanks!
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 30, 2009
  13. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,669
    Likes Received:
    1,289
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Athens, GR
    Real Name:
    Yanni
    Also the bark seems to be accurately controlled with the mid pot, it is very prominent in the flat-eq setting and the bass/treble boost setting where the mids are set to center, and very attenuated in the mid cut settings.
     
  14. iuserneim

    iuserneim

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    germany
    wow, nice test !

    i like the jazzman and the alembic the most. although the alembic doesn't look that nice in my opinion...

    jan & flo, i agreen with you:
    it's a good thing to have both. the jazzman has an aggressive dark sounding growl to it, while the alembic has a very raspy growl...

    does the alembic has an ebony board ?
    i think, that could would explain the aggressive high end.
    what pickup configuration did you use on the alembic and on the warwick ?
     
  15. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,669
    Likes Received:
    1,289
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Athens, GR
    Real Name:
    Yanni
    i 'd describe the alembic's voice as "snarly" :)
     
  16. pertyman

    pertyman

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    thanks you all !
    the alembic does has an ebony board.
    both alembic and warwick were recorded all flat and middle posision.
     
  17. Extra

    Extra

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas
    What kind of strings are you using on the Jazzman? I like :)
     
  18. Guybrush Threepwood

    Guybrush Threepwood

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Leeds, UK
    Wow, I used to have a Jazzman, and I could never make it sound like that!
     
  19. pertyman

    pertyman

    Joined:
    May 31, 2006
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    All my basses are loaded with DR Lo Rider 045
     
  20. Extra

    Extra

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kansas
    I'm really digging that Jazzman sound. There is one that I've been eyeing for a while... but there is also a used Thumb NT that is killer as well. Either one will compliment my Corvette nicely - decision, decisions :(
     
Loading...