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Posted by Jiffy on October 12, 2001 at 12:21:18:
In Reply to: Re: Ampeg Baby Bass wanted! posted by mike on August 08, 2001 at 01:18:14:
: i would think that there must be better instruments made today that are an improvement on the baby bass. any opinions
I am a long-time Latin/Jazz bassist used to playing a 7/8 upright on my live/recording Latin and Jazz dates and it works fine. But my '68 vintage Ampeg Baby Bass is the hands down winner for Latin/Salsa bass! No question. I found the shorter scale an initial intonation challenge, but my Ampeg's fine playability came through quickly on live dates. In the studio, its P-Bass reliable - sonically speaking. As my engineer says: "plug it in, get sounds, and kick up your feet on the console!"
My Ampeg BB is mint and stock and it's precisely because of those old percussive magnetic pickups and that Uvex/foam core body, that the Baby Bass is known for that distinctive warm, punchy attack. Full mids and a solid low end. I use an Ampeg B-50R bass amp, along with an outboard pre-amp, and that's all I need.
If you need a round, percussive attack in a bass, a real Ampeg Baby Bass is the only way to go. In fact, many of my colleagues playing modern, or "better", electric uprights: Merchant Vertical's, Clevingers and Azolas, etc., usually prefer to retrofit their basses with a vintage BB pickup, if they can find one, to capture that distinctive sound. I have used my BB for all occasions now and, at least in regards to Latin bass, I for one will positively testify that it is the holy grail of Latin bass sounds. In this musical genre, its truly revenge of the retro!
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