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    My next EBMM bass

    I only own a MusicMan Sterling so far but want to get a MusicMan bass that will get me more of a P bass thump. Which MusicMan bass will come closest to that? Thanks.
    SM-Y2D Purple Sunset
    dob:12/29/11

    EBMM Sterling 4 string - Carbon Blue Pearl
    dob:04/07/05

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    Go a Big Al. The most versatile Bass I've played (even tho I don't own one .... Yet with it's Passive or Active options in addition to the many pickup Config at a touch of a button and that incredibly comfortable J style Neck you'll not want for another Bass.

    But that just my opinion, I'm positive other guys here will think of other options
    '79 Sabre4-Tobacco Burst-HH-Maple F/board
    '89SR5-Natural-H-Maple F/board
    '03 Bongo5-Black-HH-Piezo
    '03 Bongo5-Desert Gold-HH
    '06 SR5-Tobacco Burst-H-Rosewood F/board
    '09 Ray34-Natural-H-Ebony F/board (Changed from a Maple by myself)
    '10 SR5 Classic-Tobacco Burst-H-Flame M
    '11 PDN SR4 Roasted-H
    '12 PDN Gilded SR4

    PDN Sledge Sabre - Mple ordered

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    I can get that P bass thump with my reflex 5 HH when switch in passive mode inner coils in series!

    Check some of my videos on my private YouTube channel:

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    A bongo will give you lots of thump.

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    I'm partial to the Big Al in that regard. another vote for that direction.



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    Maybe I'm totally insane... but why not just get a P Bass? I think the P Bass thump automatically comes with those basses.

    '10 EBMM Classic Stingray 4H classic white/maple
    '99 G&L LB-100 black/rosewood
    12" Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout combo

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    My son's bass teacher said that the Big Al handles all the tones you'd want from a bass. He sold his basses and replaced them with one: a Big Al.

    2019 Albert Lee - BFR - Electric Shimmer
    2019 Axis SS semi hollow - DuBaldo Blue - rosewood neck
    2019 StingRay fretless - BFR - Sierra Vintage Burst
    2018 Axis SS - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Ann
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle
    - rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2010 Axis SS - red flame - rosewood neck
    2009 Axis - pink quilt
    2006 StingRay fretless - 30th Ann
    2000 Axis SS - Lavender Pearl
    1996 StingRay - 20th Ann
    1995 Albert Lee - Jim Messina’s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yango View Post
    Maybe I'm totally insane... but why not just get a P Bass? I think the P Bass thump automatically comes with those basses.
    Oh boy
    John

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    Bongo 5 PDN 2014 HH
    Genzler MG800 + Fearless F112
    Fender 500C + 210

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    Specifically, the Big Al SSS in passive, middle pickup absolutely nails it.

    When I punch that up and start playing old R&B, I begin to channel Duck Dunn, complete with pipe and Jack Williams 'fro.

    bongoBbongoObongoNbongoGbongoObongo

    AL AL AL AL ALALALALALALA LA LA LA LA

    Desert Gold F13843 05 Bongo 5 HHp
    Blue Dawn F11199 07 LE Bongo 5 Hp fretless
    Candy Red F23343 08 Bongo 5 H
    Tangerine Pearl F28251 2011 Big Al 5 SSS

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    BP: "I am very proud of many of the creations at ebmm but none more than the Bongo. Every day the cult grows and it makes it all worthwhile."

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    The Big Al for sure. The centre pickup is in the P-Bass sweet spot and coupled with the passive capability, you have a great P sound.

    SR5 H, SR4 H (x2)

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    Thanks guys. I'll have take a road trip to find a Big Al to test. Anybody know if the Sabre will get me anywhere near the P Bass thump. I love the look of those new Sabres.
    SM-Y2D Purple Sunset
    dob:12/29/11

    EBMM Sterling 4 string - Carbon Blue Pearl
    dob:04/07/05

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    The Sabre with the Neck pickup a little farther away from the Neck gets closer to a P sound that the Reflex (the Ash body makes a difference here) but for my money the original Alder Body'd Big Al SSS is A1.

    Buy again that's only my 2 cents worth of opinion
    '79 Sabre4-Tobacco Burst-HH-Maple F/board
    '89SR5-Natural-H-Maple F/board
    '03 Bongo5-Black-HH-Piezo
    '03 Bongo5-Desert Gold-HH
    '06 SR5-Tobacco Burst-H-Rosewood F/board
    '09 Ray34-Natural-H-Ebony F/board (Changed from a Maple by myself)
    '10 SR5 Classic-Tobacco Burst-H-Flame M
    '11 PDN SR4 Roasted-H
    '12 PDN Gilded SR4

    PDN Sledge Sabre - Mple ordered

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    Another Big Al vote here.
    Cheers
    Mark

    2009 black/tort Big Al 4 SSS

    My bands -
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    Big Al.

    If you want something slightly different, Bongo HH, neck pup, sounds very 'Iron Maiden' P bass like with the right fast finger triplets

    But, in all honesty, Big Al. The most underestimated bass EBMM make...without a doubt.
    2010 Stingray 5 HS White/Tort/Rw
    2011 Stingray 4 H 3 Band EQ Vintage Sunburst/Black/Mp w/flame/birdseye figuring
    2011 Big Al 5 SSS Vintage Sunburst/Tort/Rw
    2011 Sterling 5 HS Tobacco Burst/Black/Rw
    2011 Stingray 5 Classic Natural/Black/Birdseye Mp
    2012 Bongo 5 HH Tangerine Pearl/Black
    2013 Bongo 5 HS Sky Blue/Vintage White Pearl
    2013 Stingray 5 HH Honeyburst/White/Mp
    2014 Albert Lee HH Vintage Sunburst/Tort/ALL Rw!
    2016 Stingray HH Guitar Black/Black/Rw

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    Yup I agree, the BA SSS, especially in passive, I even think the BA H gets there also, and the H in Series/ Passive, forget about it, sick. My 25th HSS ( now Reflex) also is an option. I think the main parameter is having Passive ability. I wish they made every model in the line with Passive/ Active.
    Balls:
    '08 Sterling 5 HH Vintage Burst Rswd board & painted headstock
    '10 Big Al 5 SSS Candy Red/Maple/ Vintage pearl gd.


    '12 SBMM modified Silo 30
    '15 Mesa Subway D800
    Mesa Powerhouse 212
    '06 Sommatone Roaring 40 112 Combo

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