Your Dream Parts Bass?
I've been daydreaming about building a bass out of parts, and it consists of:
A jazz body, a Status graphite neck, Fender N3 noiseless jazz pickups, a Status Onboard 500, with Status tuners and a Hipshot transtone bridge!
What is your unrealistic/daydreamy parts bass?
Darryl Jenifer's bass.
Sonic Blue Jazz Body in Alder
Maple neck with birdseye maple fingerboard and sonic blue headstock
Unlined fretless with fingerboard epoxied
Black ultralight machine heads with Y posts
Black BAII bridge or similar high mass
Audere preamp with black plate and black barrel knobs
Black bar-style string retainer
Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewounds
Abalone single inlay of tilted Fedora at 12th fret position
Abalone side dots with CF blue lights
White pickup cover for neck pickup
Black pickup cover for bridge pickup
Lindy Fralin Split Noiseless Jazz pickups
It probably would've been something with a Gibson styled body, but they threatened to sue Warmoth, and now most of their more interesting bodies are unavailable.:(
Surf green jazz. Nothing crazy. But the dream will be a reality this spring/summer.
I thought this thread would have lasted longer than it did.
Nice collection Ric5!
Subbed, I got some bits coming in, and when they get here I'm going to post some pictures.
Telecaster body, you know, the one that actually looks like a telecaster guitar?
I'd have that in rock maple, then put a Jackson/Charvel neck on it. 3pc rock maple, graphite reinforcement. Now I'm trying to decide which would look better, a maple or graphite fretboard? Idk. EMG P/J's, Spector Hazlab pre. Gold Schiller hardware fosho. And to top it all off, the biggest, fattest badass brass bridge they make.
And that's my dream parts bass
I'm really F-ing tired...
Just for info and general discussion, I went back and looked up what my two beauties cost me:
THE GREEN FRETLESS BASS
Fretless Status Jazz neck (lined, side dot markers between lines) £310.27
Warmoth Jazz body, swamp ash with quilted maple emerald dye top £293.92
EMG J-set pickups, black £159.59
Gold hardware (neck plate, control plate, string retainer, Schaller strap locks), black J-bass knobs, washers, screws, battery holders and batteries, etc £83.16
Leo Quan Badass II bridge (gold) £70.45
Schaller BMFLG machines (gold) £69.87
Dean Markley Fretmaster strings, ML gauge £21.23
TOTAL (completed March 2005) £1,008.49 (NB - no case or strap included). That's about $1600 or so.
I loved the fretless so much, I had to go ahead with the fretted one.
THE BLUE FRETTED BASS
Status Graphite J neck (side markers only) £295.00
Warmoth Dinky J body, alder with quilted maple blue dye top £305.26
Nordstrand NJ4SE £169.57
StewMac shielding paint £27.97
J-Retro (gold) £190.00
Schallers BMFLG (gold) £70.88
Badass II (gold) plus neck plate, string retainer, washers, screws, etc £97.79
Strap Locks (gold) £13.95
Rotosound Swing Bass 45, 65, 80, 105 £13.95
SKB FB-4 case £89.00
Moody Strap £64.32
TOTAL (completed June 2005) £1,337.69 (I've since added Hipshot D-Tuner, £77.74). That's £1400 or about $2250, including a decent case and a Moody strap.
Incidentally, this thread actually belongs in the Basses forum, so I'll move it on over there in a second.
One or the other of these gets used for pretty much every gig I do these days. They are just perfect for me. That's what I was after when I put them together and it really worked out.
I'd probably have a something like slab p body and geddy lee neck, with emg p/j's, one of those really cool looking kahler bridges, and lollipop tuners. Haven't thought much about it yet though.
Brand new condition 70's or 80's Fender American Precision Bass:
-Black Body no pickguard (rear routing)
-Maple 21 fret Fender P Neck w/thickness of 1968 Tele bass neck
-Original stock Fender pickup and stock controls
-String Thru Body
-No contours at all on front or back, just a big heavy slab of a body
-Original Fender chrome tuners
Yeah that's my dream bass, no more, no less.
Here's mine (ATM, it changes everyday):
-body, Jazz, sunburst, appropriately reliced, no pickguard.
-neck, maple on maple, black block and binding. Tele bass headstock, P-bass profile.
All Hipshot hardware, in black.
What pickup, Rip?
For me, its not so much the bass; 4 string J neck and J body with a string through body bridge; but the pickup setup that I want:
Dual Nordstram MM4.4 pickups; The pickup has 4 separate coils in it that I would like wired through a 3 way switch. Each 3 way would go: top 2 coils (Jazz style), split P-Style, and all on (Music Man humbucker style).
2 Volume, 1 tone knob, and away we go.
I figure I could get darn near any sound I could possibly want with that setup in one bass, even potentially the same song.
Just built it.
Hefner 70s ash body
Finished in reranch lpb/nitro
Pearloid pick guard (WD)
Gotoh 201 bridge
Dimarzio area Js with CTS pots, orange drop cap
Neck is an original 73 jazz bass neck blocked & bound
- it was in bad shape when I bought it and I cleaned it up.
It is a 4 bolt so I converted the Hefner to 4 bolt prior to painting it.
Strings are ghs brite flats, natch.
Sounds just like a 70s should.
I don't really know how it could be done, but I think of my dream bass as having:
Single cutaway (fedora style) body
Fanned frets (Novax style)
"Fretless" bridge (just like Di PIAZZA)
Active/passive dual pickups with 3 band eq and bandpass filter
MIDI out (synth access)
J-bass string spacing
less than 9 lbs
Yeah, I think that'll do:bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist:
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