Ultimate Classic Metal Bass

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  1. Bassdude15

    Bassdude15

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    Hi guys-my friend is really into classic metal(venom, judas priest, iron maiden, etc.) and I was thinking of building him a custom bass with the following specs:
    Korina body(mahogany seems to be the body wood of choice for many metal basses, but he wants something with a bit more "bite"),
    maple neck,
    ebony fretboard(since everything in metal MUST be black)
    Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pickup (can't find a steve harris model)


    Any suggestions or comments are welcome

    Thanks,
    Bassdude15
     
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    So just a solid black body? I think a nice trans charcoal or trans black over a nice flamed or quilted top (matching head) would be metal as hell....... black hardware.
     
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    Funny the you mention Judas Priest as their bass player rocked a sunburst Fender Jazz with a tort pick guard, which to me is the most non-metal bass out there...
     
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    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Supporting Member

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    I'm not really familiar with the sound of Korina for a bass. The SD SPB-3 is definitely in the Steve Harris ballpark (played a P for a few years with one and it had that character). However, what about going with an active EMG set? However, I'm really unsure based on the korina wood choice on what matches up with it.
     
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    batteries are for vibrators, not for basses :p

    I'd go with a cool shape like a mockingbird or iceman, transblack with some thunderbird pickups!
     
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    I found this far too amusing :smug: Particularly as I play several active basses!

    Really interested to see how this project turns out
     
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    never liked those active things :p
     
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    Black bass with B.C Rich ,TB or Jackson's shape
     
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    Ooh I like the sound of an iceman!
     
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    i think tbird pups in a mockingbird would look sick
     
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    maybe a more "warwick" headstock would look cool!

    that would work! wouldn't even have to put "bird" somewhere in the name, it's already there :-D
     
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    transparent blood red g&l L2000 with an ebony neck, i have a solid black one, but i think it's alder or ash, the neck pocket is grainless and there aren't any huge paint chips yet
     
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    Add a bridge pickup. That will add more bite than any wood selection.
     
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    Can any of y'all imagine a trans black iceman bass with an SD SPB-3 pickup and an explorer headstock?
    Also, do you think I should lacquer the neck(A piece of AA flame maple wit an ebony "skunk-stripe) since the figuring is very subtle?
    And do you think active electronics are necessary? (btw the guy doesn't care) or should a series/parallel switch with 700k pots add enough versatility?
     
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    Personally, I love using a two pickup bass with active electronics for metal, as there are more controls for helping cut through the mix of a couple of scooped mid downtuned guitars.

    Choosing a particular type of wood in the hopes of producing a particular sound is a serious crapshoot at best and is likely best avoided. Choose something stable and well-dried as it's most important. Korina will be fine and I'd wager no one could tell the difference between mahog and korina, especially once you start factoring electronics in there.

    I would not use a P-bass or a passive bass for metal (although I've rocked a Jazz more than once in that role). I love Maiden but I've never liked the P bass tones in there. Keep in mind he started playing bass and writing those songs long before modern basses evolved into what they are today. If Maiden was a modern band, I'd put money on Steve playing an Ibanez.

    Were it me, I'd be using EMGs, two of them, and a bolt on construction... :)
     
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    ^ I don't think that's a P bass in that recording, and it's not terribly "classic" sounding either. Plus the pic is of a Spector (I think) and it would not be passive, I mean Ian Hill's current signature Spector is loaded with...wait for it... EMGs... Based on his original NS-2, which was also an active bass... http://www.spectorbass.com/Signature/hill.html
     
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    Tbh I hate EMG's and so does the guy I'm making the bass for; To me they sound over-compressed, sterile, and subtract from the natural tone of the instrument.
     
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    Anyone have any other suggestions??
     

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