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Re: How Do I get a Good Slap Sound from a Fender Jazz ?


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Posted by Charlie (198.81.26.47) on October 12, 2003 at 18:14:33:

In Reply to: Re: How Do I get a Good Slap Sound from a Fender Jazz ? posted by jacophile on October 08, 2003 at 08:06:45:

: : Aight here is a challenge.......
: : I have a American Std Passive Fender Jazz........
: : And I'm in to Slap style playing ?

: : Why the hell did you buy a Fender ? you might say

A Fender Jazz bass is one of the best basses to own if your're going for the traditional slap sound. That, along with the Stingray are the two basses that originally defined the slap sound. It can be achieved a whole lot of different ways, but mostly you need to have roundwound, or half-round strings. Mark King from Level 42 was considered the premier slapper from the UK back in the 80s, and he used ridiculously light gauge strings. I think his G string was a 30. Most people that I know tend to uses standard gauge, the G string being a 45 or 40, but I've known a few bassists who liked heavy strings. My only complaint about heavy strings is it makes double thumbing a bit harder, especially if the strings are too close to the fretboard. It's hard to get under them. As far as tone, the standard is to raise the low end and some of the highs, but I wouldn't be too extreme with either -- just a bit should do it. I find that for recording directly into the board, just giving it a touch of extra bass, while leaving the mids and highs flat gives me a very nice slap sound through most boards; that's with either a Jazz or Precision (passive) bass. The same tends to be true for amps, but they all have slightly different characteristics, so it depend a bit on the amp.


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