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If you built a bass for a celebrity...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

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    Say some famous bass player (pick one) wanted a new bass, they contacted you and told you to surprise them. Based on the gear they've used in the past and the tone they like, what would you build them??
  2. Matteo Marziali

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    Les Claypool just called me for a new bass... i'm thinking to build him a six string, fretted, slightly fanned 32" to 30", probably tuned EADGCF, 24 frets for the low strings, 26/27 for the high, an EMG P at the neck and a 45DC at the bridge, no preamp. The only dubt is about the whammy... Walnut body core, padauk layers and ebony/ziricote top and back, padauk neck with ebony fingerboard. Body style a semi-singlecut, something quite weird.
  3. BeeTL

    BeeTL Supporting Member

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    Easy.

    If he were alive, I'd build one of these for John Entwistle (or Pino when he plays with the Who):

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  4. mellowinman

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    Geddy Lee called, so I built him a Rickenbacker doubleneck that weighs 45 lbs.

    Boy is he pissed.
  5. Splods

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    If Adam Clayton called, I'd make him a good looking cardboard cutout.
  6. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Supporting Member

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    Some old guy (he kept wanting me to call him "Sir") with jet-black shoe polish in his hair wanted a yellow MM Sub. This was the best I could do.

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  7. Kmonk

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    I would make this.
  8. DannyBob

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    One of these for Pete Wentz to match the rest of the s**t he plays...

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  9. Bassisgood4U

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    If Wolfgang Van Halen gave me 5 grand to find a surprise bass for the new Van Halen album, I'd go get him an Alembic Epic.
  10. Grateful

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    Flea called. Needs a bass for the next Super Bowl halftime. I sent him a Modulus Clone but I just realized I forgot to connect the input jack. Shouldn't matter…

    :D
  11. Geri O

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    That was pretty good! :D
  12. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    If some decrepit fossil, a whiny farm boy and a bossy, holographic princess called me to find the location of the hidden Rebel Bass…

    Rebel Bass.jpeg
  13. P Town

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    Willie Dixon called, and I said: "Willie, you've been dead since 1992. You don't need a bass. Didn't you switch to harp then?" He said: "No man. They didn't give me no harp, and I need that bass to be fireproof, OK?"
  14. DaanW

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    Something like that actually happened to me last June:
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  15. Bassdude15

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    I would build Geddy Lee something shaped like a jazz bass but made of flame maple, stain the body black, a snakewood fingerboard (for extreme brightness), Tele bass humbuckers (one in the Pbass sweet spot, the other right against the bridge saddles), and 500k Ric-style volume and tone controls.
  16. Hopkins

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    I would probably use my "The Bastard" body shape, with whatever pickup/electronic package fit with their style of music. For instance Mike Dirnt would get a single P pickup. Flea would get humbucker in the MM position with a preamp. Marcus Miller would get a set of J pickups with a preamp.

    This is the shape, they only come in hot rod finishes. So only solid colors or sparkle, and only black pick guards. Except possibly a tort guard on a white body.
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  17. CrashGordon

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    Now that's funny. I can just picture his expression as you hand it over to him. :D
  18. PortlandBass77

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    For Jaco: I would blow up a 1962 Jazz bass then rebuild it out of the pieces
    For Steve Harris: A photo of his P bass :p
  19. BeeTL

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    I LOVE that!!!
  20. zontar

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    This is why we need a Like button.
    (It was a picture of a Cap'n Crunch bass.)

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