Custom Jazz Bass
Hey guys, so I'm having a somewhat custom Jazz bass built for me, but it's still early on in the process.
Just curious to know what your custom jazz bass would consist of if you were having one made.
While we're at it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my current wood selection. I thought I wanted a Burl Maple top on top of ash, but I've seen a Buckeye top jazz that I love and think it would look and sound awesome over ash as well. Thoughts?
Let me know, would love to hear your feedback.
Ash body, nitro neck tint, 24 frets/or fretless, three way switch rather than vol/vol/tone, reverse headstock, ebony fretboard, seafoam green.
Or alternatively, like the Victor Bailey jazz that used to exist as a signature.
Seafoam green never fails! Love that color, if I was going with a color that would be it for me.
Sorry to be so pragmatic, but let's consider what you want. Do you want a Jazz-style bass that feels good, plays good, sounds good, and looks good? (yes obviously) So, if this is your 4 goals - it becomes easier to break down.
1) Feels good; This is custom baby - tell (the luthier) what you want. Do you want a typical Jazz bass? Or is there something you'd like to ergonomically change, to alter, or to emphasis based on a Jazz-style bass?
2) Plays good; Again, think custom - what would you like it to play like (be specific as possible) thin neck? fast neck? fat neck? thin frets?, fat frets?, no frets?, 1960 J?, 70's J? (mostly a neck issue)
3) Sounds good; What pu's?, what electronics/pre-amp?, what wood?, what strings?, what nut?, what bridge?... (in that order) need addressing. Maybe you'd like 3 pu's (like a Strat) This is the world (of custom) available to you.
4) Looks good; I know, it HAS to look good. But sometimes if you fulfill 1-3, it ends up looking great! Enjoy fancy woods/laminates, but remember it usually has very little to do with the tone, regardless of what you've read. (unless it's focused on the neck, where most all your tone comes from.
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