5 string neck through body Jazz style bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basstruck, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. basstruck

    basstruck Guest

    Nov 25, 2005
    What are you bassist's advice and opinion about making a 5 string neck through body jazz style bass, with Bartolini jazz pickups and Aguilar OBP3 preamp?
    What kind of wood should I use?
    What kind of hardware will be the best?
    Or should I go with another style?
  2. Oxblood

    Oxblood Inactive

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Wood - Swamp Ash with Buckeye Burl top... that would be killer on jazz.

    Hardware - Hipshot A-Type Bridge (I have found those to be the best yet, and I have a Hipshot, Badass ll, Schaller, and the stock bridges on my basses). Also I would go with Hipshot Ultra-lite Tuners, very good tuners and are well recommended around here. And lastly I would go with Schaller Straplocks, and a Hipshot 3 String Retainer if needed.

    That would defiently make for an unbelievable custom jazz bass. Great choice on the Bart's and OBP too, you will be very impressed if you ever decide to go forward with this.
  3. MrBonex


    Jan 2, 2004
    New Hampshire
    I think it's a great idea. I love neck-thru "Fenders."

    I'd pick poplar side wings (to add punch).

    A thin flashy-wood top (not too thick as it might alter the poplar tone too much). Quilt, flame, whatever. Brazilian rosewood or cocobolo fingerboard. Simple pearl dots. Three-piece flame or bird's-eye maple neck. Maybe five-piece with a couple of Braz stringers separating the maple. No "front stripes." Have the top laminate cover the neck-thru.

    Sadowsky pickups and a Sad pre. Hipshot bridge. String-thru-body. Matching headstock.

    Of course, I'm just dreaming here. . . .