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Posted by Charlie ( on August 12, 2003 at 11:42:40:

In Reply to: help slap posted by tom on August 08, 2003 at 21:24:22:

: i own a basic silvertone bass and i cant get the great slap noise out of it. Is it my technique or is it my bass? If it is my bass can i fix it?

The biggest problem I see with students of mine is the way their basses are set up. Often the strings are too high and the strings on their basses don't have the necessary brightness in them, either from being too old, or the wrong kind of strings for slap. The strings should be close enough to the fretboard at the 22-24th fret to where you don't have to make it travel too far to hit the fret. My strings are slightly more than one eigth of an inch from the fretboard at the 22nd fret. If it's as much as 1/4 of an inch, you'll have trouble getting a good slap sound. There are lots of decent sounding strings on the market for slap. I use DR Fat-Beams on one bass (Fender passive), and D'Addario 1/2 rounds on the other (Carvin active). They both sound great for slap. Most basses that I've played can deliver a good slap sound with the right set up.

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