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Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 878
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

I currently own an Europa 5 bass and have just agreed to buy an Elan 4 with Europa electronics from a forum member which i'm really excited about.

I wonder if anyone else has both an Elan and a Europa in their collection and can comment on what the sound differences are going to be.

I know the Elans have maple bodies and necks so it should have a brighter sound than my Europa.

I have previously tried a 6 string elan and the bass was very piano like on the open string sounds which I really love.

Here is my current Europa:

Here is the one I'm buying:

For amplification I'll be using F1-x, SF-2 and QSC PLX2042, 2x10 boogie powerhouse and 1x15 powerhouse.cabs
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 587
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 5:57 pm:   Edit Post

Outside of the tonal characteristics of the wood, I believe it will be as you expect. My Elan 6 w/Europa has a deluxe neck and it is just a bit brighter than my mahog, flame koa Spoiler with the same neck dimentions. Each instrument has it's own character and not one in my experience ever sounded bad. I've become a huge fan of the Europa/Distillate circut. Great for changes on the fly at a gig. You will love the neck and how fast you will get around on it. I have an exploiter that is a breeze to move on. It also has the double p pups. You have a great rig, great basses and the wonderful job of sharing them with live audiences around the world. Congrats and continued success to you!
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 549
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 8:23 pm:   Edit Post

Nice catch, congrats!
There are some sound samples of my Spoilers and Elan here
You have to sign up and log in to hear 'em though...

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