Design your own Custom Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rockerjeff, Feb 13, 2014.


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Vote for the custom option(s) you would want for your custom bass.

  1. Hipshot A Style Bridge

    34.5%
  2. Hipshot B Style Bridge

    11.5%
  3. Hipshot Triple Lock Down Bridge

    5.1%
  4. Hipshot Tremolo Bridge

    3.4%
  5. Babicz Full Contact Hardware Bridge

    20.0%
  6. Kahler Tremolo Bridge

    4.7%
  7. Generic Economy Bridge (it'll save you at least $100)

    9.4%
  8. Other Bridge not mentioned

    22.6%
  9. EMG Pickups

    17.4%
  10. Seymour Duncan/Basslines Pickups

    24.3%
  11. Bartolini Pickups

    26.4%
  12. DiMarzio Pickups

    12.3%
  13. Fender Pickups

    11.9%
  14. Lace Pickups

    3.8%
  15. Nordstrand Pickups

    24.3%
  16. Other Pickups not mentioned

    22.6%
  17. Fan Fret (Multi Scale)

    13.2%
  18. Headless

    10.6%
  19. Fretless

    24.7%
  20. Custom Graphics

    13.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. rockerjeff

    rockerjeff

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    Apr 25, 2009
    Location:
    Cupertino
    Disclosures:
    General Manager, Halo Custom Guitars, Inc.
    Hello...

    I am developing an interactive Bass Customization Tool for my website, and I wanted to get an idea of what kind of custom options and components (hardware/electronics) should be offered in the Tool.

    I am especially interested in learning your opinions about:
    • Bridges (manufacturer and model)
    • Pickups (manufacturer and model)
    • EQ (manufacturer and model)
    • Tuners (manufacturer and model)
    • Woods
    • Body Shapes

    Thanks in advance for any input!
  2. garmenteros

    garmenteros Junkyard Scout Gold Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Dominican Republic
    I'm partial to bartolini pickups and hipshot hardware, but I think you should include gotoh, wilkinson, and grover hardware as well. As far as pickups, seymour duncan basslines, EMG, Bartolini, Dimarzio just to get started.
  3. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

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    Sep 30, 2006
    None of these bridges (apart from Hipshot triple lock) are very usable for fanned frets. Same goes for headless.
  4. Sollie7

    Sollie7 Supporting Member

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    Mar 13, 2011
    Location:
    Woodstock, Ga
    Can't go wrong with bartolini and hipshot
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  6. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
    Deff EMG electronics IMO. Choice of strings, and type of neck thickness...
  7. Camaro

    Camaro

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    Sep 25, 2013
    Location:
    Germany, NRW
    Zero Fret?
  8. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Jul 30, 2012
    You should include single string bridges as an option for bridges, this would be needed for both fanned frets and also for customizing string spacing.
  9. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

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    May 27, 2010
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Optional tremolo installation.
  10. TigerInATrance

    TigerInATrance

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    Dec 18, 2011
    Location:
    NW New Jersey
    Individual string bridges seem like a natural thing to include...
  11. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop Gold Supporting Member

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    Sep 29, 2006
    Location:
    Greensboro, NC
    GOTOH bridges, tuners and Bill Lawrence Pick-ups... Fretless (lined and un-lined)
  12. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

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    Sep 30, 2006
    Hipshot Triple Lock is an individual string bridge.
  13. TolerancEJ

    TolerancEJ

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Pickup/Bridge covers
    Mute switch
  14. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U

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    Jan 30, 2014
    Ash Jazz body front routed, with BAII bridge, satin nitro finish
    Bubinga wenge Jazz neck with vintage style tuners
    Elixer's
    Fender P and J pickups, two volume pots
  15. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray

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    May 14, 2008
    Location:
    Fairfax, VA
    rockerjeff, I would like to say that you on behalf of the TalkBass community for caring enough to come here and ask for our opinions.
    I've been following Halo through your website and email list for awhile. I'm certianly more interested in your brand now that you've posted this thread.
    All the best,
    -Joe
  16. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Supporting Member

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    Dec 21, 2011
    Location:
    Where the Packers and Bears collide
    Hipshot D-style bridge and Ultralites, Bart p/up(s), Aguilar OBP-3

    Rob
    :bassist:
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    Mar 16, 2002
    Location:
    Reims, Champagne, France
    Sperzel tuner are a must, most brands forget to offer them. 100% made in USA and unique features.
    In the same vein, offer Pope modular preamp as an option. Some people want the top of the top for electronics.
    Individual bridges can be good to have too, for the same reason. People like them.
  18. sj_bass

    sj_bass Supporting Member

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    May 23, 2010
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    I like the simplicity and mass of the Gotoh 201 bridge, otherwise, the Hipshot A Style is plenty good.

    My friend (and former Dread Zeppelin bassist) Howard Ulyate (Ulyate Instruments) is making some of the absolute truest hand-wound pickups I've ever played.

    No EQ. Passive all the way....

    Hipshot tuners - I really like their gearing. It just *fits*...

    Woods - whatever floats yer boat... Alder, Ash, Maple, Mahogany.... They're all very capable.

    And body shapes - the only thing I don't care for are single-cuts. Just aesthetics for me.

    As always, YMMV.

    :bassist:
  19. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Nov 17, 2010
    Location:
    Houston Tx
    Babicz Full Contact bridge

    Rio Grande, Muy Grande Jazzbuckers

    Passive

    Hipshot Ultralite tuners

    Alder Body

    My Bastard body shape
    [​IMG]
    rumblinbass likes this.
  20. BioWeapon

    BioWeapon

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
    My current project:
    8 string fretless, headless (if I can get a machinist to make a string retainer plus bridge to my specs) ERB w/ hollow body - custom shape.
    Most likely (almost certain) 2 sets of p pups as a single neck pup, + under bridge piezo and maybe, once I get the funds together, some bridge pickup. Not sure which, yet.
    I don't have the money to get everything done yet though :/
  21. JennySuzuki

    JennySuzuki

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    Dec 18, 2013
    If I'm spending money for a custom guitar, there had better be a through-neck option.

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