Your Signature Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KingRazor, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Yep, another one. If you could have your own signature bass, what would it be like. Be as descriptive as you want.

    I would want an Ibanez SR signature bass.

    Woods: Alder body w/ flamed maple top. Wenge/bubinga 5-piece neck.

    Finish, see these pictures:,

    For the neck finish, some automotive polyurethane with a spray bomb satin poly over, wetsanded smooth. Matching body color, of course. :)

    Construction: Neck-through, graphite bars in the neck. Two-way double-action truss rod.

    Pickups/electronics: Two SD3 Neo Humbuckers :cool:, Volume knob, 3-way rotary switch, active preamp with no onboard EQ controls, just an active/passive switch. No tone control.

    Other: 5-string

    This thing would rock :bassist:
  2. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    I'll play.

    Either Fender or Squier, whichever would make sense commercially for FMIC. :ninja:
    (made in US, Japan or Korea)

    A fretless precision bass.
    Slab body like a 51 telecaster bass, wood: ash or maple. And the body would be very thick so it would weigh as much or more as an average jazz bass.
    Natural finish and no P/G.
    Neck: exactly the same as the Tony Franklin fretless bass, with the ebony fingerboard and Hipshot detuner.

    A passive bass with just a split-coil P pickup. Probably Seymour Duncan SPB-3 or something equally.

    Strings: DR HiBeams roundwounds, thickest set.

    That would be my signature bass. Probably not ideal for everyone. :D
  3. This won't be the first time I share my bass dream...solid ebony Fodera.
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i have one, this bass (maple, set 33.25" scale neck, semi-hollow w/bubinga fingerboard):


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  6. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    A bound and blocked Jazz in sunburst and tort with a rosewood board, coming standard with the ashtrays and foam between the strings and the bridge ashtray. Nitro finish for that satiny, light feel and added breathability. Flats, not sure which yet. Shakin' Slim engraved in the neck plate :D
    Probably Antiquity II pickups.

    Other option is everything listed here except a P Bass with a bound and blocked jazz neck. Other than that, just the same.
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  7. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    My dream bass is a Warwick Thumb BO, 4 strings, 24 frets, Nirvana black oil finish, black hardware, EMGs.

    Body - Ovangkol
    Neck - Ovangkol
    Fretboard - Tigerstripes Ebony

    With Warwicks stunning bell brass frets of course.

  8. Jazz bass:

    Shoreline gold w/pliable tort guard
    5 String 34" scale
    Gold hardware string thru
    Convex front concave back ala Spector/Thumb
    S S MM humbucker pups (like Big Al except H in the bridge position)
    VOL/ mid/treb-low stack
    1 active/passive miniswitch
    1 coil tap miniswitch
    1 5 way pickup selector ala Stratocaster
    Maple board with matching headstock
  9. Akshat


    Dec 7, 2007
    New Delhi,India
    Keeping the Groove staying out of Treble
    Jerzy Drozd Oracle V
    5 string fretless
    34 scale , 17 fingerspacing
    ash body - no top
    mac ebony fingerboard
    maple neck
    maybe 2 bart pups or i might go with JD pups with a ramp in between
    my signature on the headstock
    vol,bass,mid treble,active/passive switch
  10. HeadyVan Halen

    HeadyVan Halen

    Jun 11, 2010
    A MIM 4 string that is stock to the bone..
    O, wait I have it. Best sounding bass I ever heard.

    JC McNeil Band
  11. Sleeq


    Feb 13, 2008
    Mine would be boring... but I'll play:

    Sleeq's Fender P-Bass

    Modern C neck + frets
    Ebony fretboard with pearl block inlays
    Vintage Split Coil Pickup
    Ice Blue Metallic Nitro Finish
    White Pearl Pickguard
    Am. St. Bridge.

    Thats it :)


    Mar 13, 2011
    Thumbs up
  13. Eastwood Hi flyer. Surf green, black pickguard, white headstock. Maple fingerboard, black dot markers. Stock electronics and pickups. maybe a high mass bridge...
  14. nocontrols


    Apr 2, 2011
    I like to keep it simple... Just the basics and nothing too excessive.

    So maybe this:


    A good old-fashioned 11 stringer, just like you hear on most rock records.
  15. summerson1


    Feb 20, 2011
    ill play along with this even though its a warmoth project ill be building

    walnut explorer body
    wenge slim taper neck with ebony fretboard
    flying v headstock
    jumbo frets
    badass III bridge with thru body stringing
    emg p and mm pickups
    emg bqc preamp
    clear gloss finish
    gotoh gb7 tuners
    to top it off it will be strung with medium gauge dr hibeams for brightness
  16. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Highlands Ranch, CO.
    Rickenbacker 4004Cii, refinished in white, 3rd Ric humbucker added near bridge, SIMMs LED side dots & Ric-style triangle fingerboard markers illuminated in blue, ebony fingerboard w/22 frets.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Light alder body 5 strings, one pickup(either bassculture or häussel split coil or stacked humbucker...or maybe even just a single coil,I recon), no electronics whatsoever, 36" maple neck, brazilian rosewood board and 29 frets.
    Bolt on or neckthrough...since there's no difference in performance really ,it's not a huge issue for me.
    No positionmarkers.
    And the same again in fretless and 34" 4 string.
    Basically exactly what I have been playing for quite a few years ( well I only have a 5 fretted...).
    None of the basses will have a signature on them.
  18. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    sunburst fender p bass hipshot ultralite tuners, stock bridge, black or tort pickguard, nordstrand pickups, cts pots and a switchcraft jack rosewood fretboard.
  19. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England

    Warwick Thumb base
    Traditional thumb body woods
    5 or 6 strings
    17.5 mm string spacing
    neck through
    thinner neck (back of neck)
    wenge and purple heart neck
    carbon fiber FB
    one of those mikey guitar systems so I can switch between fretted and fretless
    Bartolini 3 band EQ
    MEC pickups in the bridge position
    A longer top horn
    Res-o-lite tuners
    abalone dot inlays
  20. farbeyondwillie


    May 31, 2010
    Mine would be a Spector rxt(?) telecaster bass. It would have emg 35dc/MM active pickups. A three band eq and individual volumes for each pickup. Gold hardware and painted see-thru red and with my name inlaid in elder futharc(abalone) on the headstock.
  21. Fathand


    Sep 24, 2005
    I've been trying to visualize this lately (for a Warmoth/custom build), and I'm getting close... so far I've got a couple of models thought out:

    Best bass for Metal ( ;) ):
    - Downsized Jazz body (Warmoth "Dinky" or similar)
    - Alder body, Flame maple cap
    - Black dye / See-through black finish
    - Gotoh 201 bridge (black)
    - EMG 35DC-HZ (Bridge) & P-HZ (neck) PU's (both passive)
    - Status Graphite Jazz neck, with only side dots
    - Schaller lightweight tuners (black)
    - Volume / Volume

    The other one would be about the same (maybe a different finish), but with a normal (but graphite supported) maple/rosewood neck and passive J/J PU's, a series/parallel switch and 2 x volume.