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What is the most customizable bass guitar on the market?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slurfious, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Slurfious

    Slurfious

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    The s10 of bass guitars.
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Probably a Jazz bass.
  3. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Supporting Member

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    S10 ? Like my old '86 pickup?
  4. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac Supporting Member

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    +1

    There are SO MANY aftermarket parts that have been made for Fender Jazz basses that it's mind-blowing. Between tuners, bridges, pickguards, onboard preamps and pickups there are an amazing number of options out there.
  5. Bassisgood4U

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    The Dean Edge could be modded into a really good bass.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    Jazz Bass without a doubt. The AK47 of basses, disassembled and brought back together within minutes, with hundreds of variations available for each part.
  7. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    I was gonna say Michael Dolan instruments, but are we speaking of aftermarket parts? Yeah, probably a Jazz.
  8. ivlucas

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    If you go with a Kudela you pick the wood, electronics all made from scratch so the possiblities are limitless. www.kudelabasses.com
  9. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

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    ^????

    I'm assuming you want a bass to mess around with, swapping out parts, etc. Jazz Bass. Almost all Fender (MIA, MIM, MIJ, Indo, China), Squire, SX, Warmoth, etc Jazz Bass parts are interchangeable. Hundreds of aftermarket parts. The Harley of the bass world.
  10. Malak the Mad

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

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    An exception would be basses from the discontinued Squier Standard line. I've owned/traded/sold almost half-a-dozen and I've learned the hard way that they strayed from the common Fender "footprint" to make modding and upgrading them a royal pain. It's not that they were way, waaaaaay off, but just enough to have aggravating little roadblocks pop up where you least expect it. :mad:
  11. Slurfious

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    So that would be my best choice for making a totally unique bass? I want to make my own sound.
  12. billiam5billion

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    There's also an exception in the mid 90's MIM Jazz basses, since the pickup cavities were the same size and all aftermarket pickups have a slightly wider bridge pup.
  13. wild4oldcars

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    Not being a troll, but IMO, a jazz will always sound like a jazz, no matter what you do to it. Unless you put in p pickups or a mudbucker or something. But then again, you could do pretty much anything to any bass with enough work.

    If you want to create a bass all your own, Warmoth or Carvin would be two options to look toward.
  14. electracoyote

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    Careful. The SX is not compatible with standard Fender specs in a couple of areas.
  15. Apolicious

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    Seriously! And it's not just the standard line, all kinds of Squiers have these weird little quirks that seem intentionally designed to get in the way. My favorite trick of theirs is moving one the screws on the pickguard like 1/8" away from Fender models. Practically identical when you eyeball it, but very frustrating once you try to slap one on. "Almost perfect, but not quite."
  16. JoeWPgh

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    The mod options for a J bass are the most varied, but it will still have the same basic character of a J bass. My advice would be to approach it the other way around. Find the bass that come the closest to the sound you want, and then massage it to your ideal sound.

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