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Kubicki Factor Basses?

Matt Davies (785)

Bass Equipment Forum · 11/21/2003 8:17 PM
Hey all,
I love the sound of Kubickis...it sounds incredible...I think Tool uses one in the song Disposition (great song)...
Anyone played one of these?
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11/21/2003 8:35 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

Yeah, I've played them...
The sound is kinda boomy... Too bassy... Missing mid-lows, mids and highs...



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11/21/2003 8:44 PM

Matt Davies (785) wrote:

What a great bass for slapping that has a good thic sound? Like a Fender Jazz...I have a Stingray 5 and I love it...but I want a littel more growl and curl...sort of like Incubuses bass and 311's nex bassist...



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11/21/2003 8:44 PM

Matt Davies (785) wrote:

I meant to say 'new bassist'



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11/21/2003 10:32 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

Honestly??

Any average bass with the right pickups...
After so many ears of trial and error, I've found that the wood and construction technique are NOT the main factors to the way your bass is gonna sound...
Just stay away from composite things, like basses made of fiberglass, graphite, carbon fiber, whatever...
I've found out that your bass sounds what your electronics and strings are...
My Korean made Dean sounds way better than my "top line, expensive, ultra, super" Fodera...
Why?
My Dean has EMG's
The Fodera has Lane Poors.
The Dean has an Alder body (nothing more common and cheap), a maple neck (average), and Jacaranda (rose-wood) fretboard... It's a mass production bass, but does sound awesome!!

Seems like you want a Fender sound, huh?
One solution: Get a Fender bass...
Other solution: Get any bass which has good intonation and playability, put good pickups on it, and you will be fine...

Good pickups

-EMG actives
-Seimour Duncan Hot's
-DiMarzio Ultrajazz
-Lindy Franlin
-Aero
-Basslines
-Sadowsky's

If you're a slap freak (like me), get the EMG's (Wooten).
If you want the best of the best of today's pickups, get Fralin or Aero (Darryl Jones), which are amazing both fingered and slapped...

Stay away from Lane Poors, Bartolini's (Gary Willis) and unknown pickups.

For more information, search the fretbuzz...




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Re: Kubicki Factor Basses?

11/26/2003 1:02 AM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

u have any experience with Bartolinis?





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11/26/2003 6:14 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

Yes, I have plenty...
Bart's are good for some people, people whom like some extra mids, and don't slap at all, because when I slap with Bart's I just want to throw the bass in the trash can...
Probably someone is gonna say I'm completely wrong, so, you should try by yourself. Go to a guitar center, grab a high end bass (Tobias is a good example) with Bart's on it. Let me know what you think... Then try any with the pickups I mentioned above...





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11/26/2003 6:15 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

Agreed. You really need to kill the high mids on barts.





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11/26/2003 8:14 PM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

Ive tried the BTB which have Barts in them, they did have a decent slap sound. i should agree that they have a lot of mids... how bout EMGs Alex?







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Re: Kubicki Factor Basses?

11/26/2003 8:21 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

If you liked Bart's on slap, you're gonna put EMG's on your Christmas list... that's I can say... Check out my page and hear the EMG's...







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11/26/2003 9:14 PM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

thanks.... any EMG models to recommend? im replacing double coil active....







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11/26/2003 9:19 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:






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11/26/2003 8:15 PM

Ridhuan Syah (1484) wrote:

dun answer that, uve answered it already.... so i assume that the EMGs have high lows n highs rather than the mids?



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11/26/2003 6:22 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

By the way, what about alembic pickups?



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11/26/2003 6:34 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

If I say I remember last time I tried an Alembic I'll be lying. I remember they didn't impress me a lot, and I know I didn't either love or hate them, because I never forget a sound I love or hate... Probably my feeling about Alembics would be the same I have about Smith's, when I play I say: It's cool, 5 minutes after I just can't describe it...
Well, Stanley Clarke sounds OK... But I end up comparing everyone's tone with MM's or Meshell's monster tone, or even Victor Bailey's tone...
Then it starts bothering me, at a certain way... So, I guess I don't like Alembic pickups... Well...





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11/26/2003 6:43 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

I personally prefer Alembic pickups in other basses besides alembics. They work the same way as EMG (sense both axis of vibrations of the string) but are influenced by the bass material, unlike EMGs. If you mate them with the wrong preamp components though, they sound like poo. They sound damn good in a maple fingerboard jazz bass with the Series-I preamp though.

Uh oh, I just told everyone why Alembics aren't a great deal. Oh well.......





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11/26/2003 6:47 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

I've never tried a Alembic pickup in a non-Alembic bass... must be cool, because their construction is kinda... unusual...





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11/26/2003 6:50 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

Yeah. The only thing they actually fit without rerouting is a Rickenbacker.





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11/26/2003 6:52 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

Oh, gosh... I hate Ric's
Anyhow, do you know what Randy Jackson uses?
Will Lee plays a Sadowsky right??





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11/26/2003 6:55 PM

Robert Claypool (31536) wrote:

Rics are pretty blah until you do some work on them.

I think Randy Jackson uses Mike Lull basses.

And Will has used lots of stuff. I know he uses Sadowsky's live.



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Re: Kubicki Factor Basses?

11/26/2003 6:45 PM

Alex Costa (10465) wrote:

I like Randy Jackson's tone too...
Oh, and Will Lee's...

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