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A Bassist's Bass guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by htdesigns, Oct 28, 2002.


  1. I am a student in England studying design. For my final year project I am trying to design a true bassists bass. To that end I am posting this questionnaire in the hope that bassists reading it will fill it in and post there answers. Please spare the time to do this as it will make the world of difference to this project. Thanks H.

    BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    A: 4
    B: 5
    C: 6
    D: Other (please specify) ……………………………............................……………………………………………….

    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    A: 30”
    B: 32”
    C: 34”
    D: 35”
    E: Don’t know
    F: Other (please specify)
    ………………………………........................……………………………………………….

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    A: 38mm
    B: 40mm
    C: 41mm
    D: 42mm
    E: Don’t know
    F: Other (please specify)
    ………………………………........................……………………………………………….

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    A: Headless bass
    B: Headed bass
    C: No preference

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    A: Maple
    B: Rosewood
    C: Ebony
    D: Wenge
    E: Ebanol (plastic)
    F: No preference

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    A: Bolt on
    B: Set neck
    C: Through neck
    D: No preference

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    A: An angled headstock
    B: A string retainer headstock
    C: No preference

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    A: 4 in line tuners
    B: 3x1 tuners
    C: 2x2 tuners
    D: No preference

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Single action
    B: Double action
    C: No preference

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Headstock adjustable
    B: Body adjustable
    C: No preference

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
    A: 19
    B: 20
    C: 21
    D: 24
    E: No preference
    F: Other (please specify)
    ……………………………….......................

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    A: medium
    B: Jumbo
    C: Vintage
    D: No preference

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    A: Front dots and side dots
    B: Side dots only
    C: No preference
    D: Others (please specify)
    ………………………………........................……………………………………………….

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    15: If yes, what brand do you use?
    A: Schaller
    B: Dunlop
    C: Other (please specify)
    ……………………………….......................

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [ ] Finger style
    [ ] Slap
    [ ] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    ………………………………........................……………………………………………….

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    A: 1
    B: 2
    C: 3

    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    A: All the time
    B: Regularly
    C: Occasionally
    D: Not very often
    E: Never

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    C: No preference

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    A: Active
    B: Passive
    C: No preference

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
    A: 2 band EQ (bass, treble)
    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)
    C: Other (please specify)
    ………………………………...............

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    A: Active
    B: Passive
    C: No preference

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    A: Single Coil
    B: Humbucker
    C: No preference

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed
    B: Left handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?
    A: Vintage
    B: Modern
    C: Retro
    D: Rock
    E: Other (please specify)
    ……………………………….......................

    27: What is your preferred body material?
    A: Alder
    B: Ash
    C: Mahogany
    D: Poplar
    E: Basswood
    F: Luthite
    G: Graphite
    H: No preference
    I: Other (please specify)
    ……………………………….......................

    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood
    B: Stained wood
    C: Solid colour
    D: Sunburst
    E: No preference

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    A: Through bridge
    B: Through body
    C: No preference

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes
    B: No

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    A: Yes
    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes
    B: No

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    A: Plastic
    B: Bone
    C: Tusq
    D: Graphite
    E: Brass
    F: Adjustable

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    C: No preference

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    C: Don’t know

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    A: Up near the rib cage
    B: Near the chest
    C: Near the waist
    D: Below the waist
    E: Other (please specify)
    ………………………………........................……………………………………………….

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    ………………………………................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................……………………….

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    ………………………………...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    C: Don’t know

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    C: Don’t know

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    A: Vintage
    B: Sealed mini
    C: Microlite

    42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
    ………………………………..................................................................................................…………………………………………

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    A: All the time
    B: Regularly
    C: Occasionally
    D: Not very often
    E: Never

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted
    B: Front scratch plate mounted
    C: Other

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    A: Stainless steel
    B: Nickel
    C: Flatwound
    D: Coated (e.g. Elixir)
    E: Don’t know

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    ……………………………….........................................................................................

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    A: Front
    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    A: Domed knurled
    B: Flat top knurled
    C: Witch hat numbered
    D: Speed dial numbered
    E: No preference
    F: Other (please specify)
    ………………………………......................

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    Please give reason:
    ……………………………....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................……………………….

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    If yes please list:
    ………………………………................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................……………………….

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    If yes please give details:
    ………………………………................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................……………………….

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    53: Any other comments
    ………………………………………………..
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Thank you for completing this questionnaire.
     
  2. Wow, I think I'll have to clear my schedule to take this little quiz. Maybe later, when I have a few hours to kill:rolleyes:
     
  3. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?

    B: 5

    2: What is your preferred scale length?

    F: Other (please specify)
    34.5" but 34 &35 are good too.

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?

    F: Other (please specify)
    45mm

    4: Do you have a preference between?

    B: Headed bass (by far)

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    A: Maple

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    A: Bolt on

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?

    B: A string retainer headstock (wit bar retainer like sad's)

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:

    B: 3x1 tuners

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:

    B: Double action

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Headstock adjustable

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?

    F: Other (please specify)
    22

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?

    A: medium

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    A: Front dots and side dots

    14: Do you use strap locks?

    A: Yes

    15: If yes, what brand do you use?

    A: Schaller

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    rock of all types, jazz (that covers all music essentially)

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?

    B: 2


    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?

    B: Regularly

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?

    A: Yes

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?

    A: Active

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?

    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)
    C: Other (please specify)
    I really prefer bass/treble cut only (G&L) but active EQ I like 3 band

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?

    B: Passive

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?

    B: Humbucker

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?

    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?

    B: Modern

    27: What is your preferred body material?

    B: Ash
    --or--
    D: Poplar

    28: What is you finish preference?

    D: Sunburst (&colour bursts)

    29: What is your preferred string routing?

    A: Through bridge

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?

    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?

    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?

    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?

    E: Brass

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?

    A: Yes

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?

    A: Yes

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?

    A: Up near the rib cage

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    G&L L2500 Blueburst w/maple board, nat binding

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    G&L L2500 with slightly better options than mine

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?

    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?

    B: No

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    A: Vintage

    42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
    B E A D G

    43: Do you change your tuning?

    E: Never

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?

    B: Front scratch plate mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?

    B: Nickel

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    .45 to .125

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?

    A: Front

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?

    A: Domed knurled

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?

    A: Yes

    Please give reason:
    Composite basses are cool, but not my first choice.

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?

    A: Yes

    If yes please list:
    overdrive, synth, envelope filter, preamp

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?

    A: Yes

    If yes please give details:

    3 band, but 7 is good

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?

    none really, there's something for everyone to be had

    53: Any other comments
    n/a
     
  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    <ol>
    <li>A
    <li>C
    <li>A
    <li>C
    <li>F
    <li>D
    <li>C
    <li>A
    <li>B
    <li>A
    <li>E
    <li>A
    <li>C
    <li>A
    <li>B
    <li>Fs 1, slap 2, plec 3
    <li>No idea what to call it.
    <li>B
    <li>B
    <li>C
    <li>C
    <li>B
    <li>C
    <li>C
    <li>A
    <li>E No preference
    <li>H
    <li>E
    <li>A
    <li>A
    <li>B
    <li>A
    <li>No preference
    <li>C
    <li>Sometimes
    <li>E Belly height
    <li>Peavey Cirrus 4, bubinga/walnut
    <li>Varies from day to day...
    <li>A
    <li>C
    <li>B
    <li>EADG
    <li>D
    <li>A
    <li>B
    <li>45-65-85-105
    <li>No preference
    <li>E
    <li>A (why not?)
    <li>B
    <li>A (Bass, sweepable mid, high, bright (boost-only treble filter around 7 kHz)
    <li>Don't have any.
    <li>-
    </ol>
     
  5. awesome

    awesome

    Aug 14, 2002
    Belgium
    BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    B: 5

    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    C: 34”


    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    E: Don’t know

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    B: Headed bass

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    B: Rosewood

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    A: Bolt on

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    A: An angled headstock

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    A: 4 in line tuners
    (also C: 2x2 tuners)

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Single action

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Headstock adjustable

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?

    D: 24

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    A: medium

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    B: Side dots only

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    B: No

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Jazzy, funky stuff. Also surf, rock, new wave, punk

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    B: 2

    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    C: Occasionally

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    A: Yes

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    A: Active

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    A: Active

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    C: No preference

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?
    A: Vintage

    27: What is your preferred body material?
    H: No preference

    28: What is you finish preference?
    D: Sunburst

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    C: No preference

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    A: Plastic (haven't used anything else)

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    A: Yes

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    Sometimes

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    B: Near the chest

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    epiphone ebm4
    washburn ab34
    also got a yamaha bb605 on its way :D

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    Mike Lull Modern 5V is one of them, as well as a modulus genesis

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    C: Don’t know (Haven't tried yet)

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    B: Sealed mini

    42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
    standard tuning (B)EADG

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    D: Not very often


    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    C: Flatwound

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    40-60-80-100

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    A: Domed knurled

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    A: Yes
    Please give reason:
    If it sounds good...

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
    B: No

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes
    If yes please give details:
    12 band graphic + pre-shape (trace gp12)

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    Price (not really, so many choices...why should I complain?)


    "Thank you for completing this questionnaire."
    No problem, hope it helps

    EDIT: stupid moi, got the question about playing style wrong :rolleyes:
     
  6. 1. 5 strings
    2. 34"
    3. 1.625" (I'm a dumb Yankee, sue me)
    4. Headed
    5. Wenge or ebony
    6. No preference
    7. Angled headstock
    8. 2x2
    9. Double-action
    10. Headstock-adjustable
    11. 24
    12. No preference
    13. Side dots only
    14. Yes
    15. Schaller
    16. Fingerstyle 1, slap 2, plectrum 3
    17. Fusion, straightahead jazz
    18. 2
    19. Regularly
    20. Yes (on a fretless)
    21. Active
    22. 2-band EQ
    23. No preference
    24. Humbucking
    25. Right-handed
    26. Modern
    27. Other: walnut
    28. Natural wood
    29. Through-bridge
    30. Yes
    31. No
    32. Yes
    33. Bone or graphite
    34. No preference
    35. No
    36. Near the chest
    37. FBB custom 5-string #1046-01
    38. Good question!
    39. Yes
    40. Don't know
    41. Sealed mini
    42. BEADG
    43. Never
    44. Rear-routed cavity
    45. Stainless steel
    46. BEADG: .130" .105" .085" .065" .045"
    47. Side
    48. Flat-top knurled
    49. Yes
    50. Yes: Akai P1 Intelliphase, Akai T1 Tune Lock
    51. Yes: EBS Fafner has 4-band rotary EQ with semi-parametric mids and boost-only brightness; Acoustic Image Clarus has 4-band rotary EQ
    52. Thin necks! The perception that thin==fast has led to a huge proliferation of basses that are unplayable to me.
    53. Just so you know, some of these questions aren't particularly useful--26 and 38 in particular. Still, this is a good questionnaire.
     
  7. 1A
    2C
    3D
    4B
    5C
    6A or C
    7A
    8D
    9B
    10C
    11C
    12B
    13B
    14A
    15A
    16 1,2,3
    17 Punk and Metal
    18B
    19C
    20A
    21A
    22B
    23B
    24B
    25A
    26A
    27A
    28E
    29A
    30A
    31B
    32A
    33E
    34A
    35B
    36B
    37 Yamaha BB1500A
    38 N/A
    39A
    40B
    41B
    42 EADG
    43E
    44A
    45A
    46 .40-.95
    47B
    48A
    49B
    50A EBS Multidrive
    51A Bass, Low Mid, High Mid and Treble controls all +- 10dB
    52 N/A
    53 N/A
     
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    You should put up a small site for this.
    It would be easier.

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    A: 4. I may go up to 5 but don't really need it.

    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    C: 34” for 4 strings.
    D: 35” for 5 strings.

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    A: 38mm. You made me measure my custom bass.

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    C: No preference as long as it sounds good.

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    C: Ebony. It rules, if you can afford it.

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    C: Through neck. That's definitive.

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    A: An angled headstock. Way more logical to me.

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    C: 2x2 tuners for lighter head.

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    C: No preference as long as it works.

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    C: No preference but please NO cover plate.

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
    D: 24 at least. I play a lot of chords.

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    A: medium, smaller if possible (I like guitar frets)

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    B: Side dots only

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    A: Yes

    15: If yes, what brand do you use?
    A: Schaller

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Jazz-rock, Funk, Metal, Classic rock.

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    B: 2

    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    A: All the time

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    B: No, but only because I like passive.

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    B: Passive. Tone switch actually.

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
    N/A

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    B: Passive. Batteries are for pink drummer rabbits.

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    B: Humbucker. I hate hum.

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?
    E: Other (please specify)
    custom. I like 70s neckthru style a la Aria or Ibanez Musician.

    27: What is your preferred body material?
    A: Alder. Light and growly.

    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    A: Through bridge

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    D: Graphite

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    A: Yes

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    A: Yes

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    B: Near the chest

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    Custom Bolaers fretted and fretless basses.
    (http://www.electroslide.com/bolaers/)

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    Fodera

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    B: No

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    C: Microlite

    42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
    E A D G

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    C: Occasionally go down to C with a Detuner bridge.

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    B: Nickel

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    45-65-85-105

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    C: other :). My jack sockets are all in the back.
    [​IMG]

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    A: Domed knurled

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    A: Yes

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
    A: Yes

    Ibanez PD-7 Overdrive
    AKAI Unibass UB-1 Guitar Simulator
    Boss LS-2 Line Selector
    Korg AX-1 B Floor Multi Effect
    SanSamp BassDriver DI tube modelizer

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes
    4 band active knob EQ

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    Too many active electronics.
    Not enough neck through designs.

    53: Any other comments
    Good luck for your analysis, that was pretty long.
     
  9. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
     
  10. 1b 2c 3a 4b 5f 6a 7a 8c 9a 10a
    11d 12a 13d (blocks) 14b 16:FS,P,S
    17 rock, blues 18b 19b 20a 21a 22b 23c
    24 : one of both (P/J) 25a 26a 27h 28a
    29c 30a 31a 32a 33f 34a 35b 36c 37 pos 1 & 2
    38 Sadowsky Vintage 5 with reverse P / J
    39c 40b 41b 42:BEADG 43e 44a 45b
    46: 45-65-85-105-125 47a 48d 49a 50b 51a
    52: bad wiring (no shielding, groundloops, ...)
    53: I must really have to much time on my hands when I am doing this
    :oops:
     
  11. 1. A
    2. C
    3. D
    4. B
    5. A
    6. A
    7. B
    8. A
    9. C (As long as it works!)
    10. B
    11. B
    12. A
    13. A
    14. B
    16. Plectrum [1], finger [2] and slap [3, never]
    17. Classic/vintage rock
    18. A
    20. B
    21. B
    23. B
    24. A
    25. A
    26. A
    27. B
    28. C
    29. B
    30. A
    31. B
    32. A
    33. B
    34. B
    35. A
    36. C
    37. Fender Precision '51 RI
    38. N/A
    39. A
    40. A
    41. A
    42. Standard EADG
    43. E
    44. B
    45. C
    46. .45 to .125
    47. B
    48. B
    49. B - I feel that wood is superior producing the kind of tone I want from my instrument.
    50. A - An EBS Multidrive.
    51. B - Haven't got an amp for the moment (on its way).
    52. I don't really have any complaints.
    53. N/A
     
  12. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    A & B. Have a Salas 4 and a Zon 5

    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    C: 34”

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    E: Don’t know

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    B: Headed bass

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    A: Maple

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    C: Through neck

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    A: An angled headstock

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    D: No preference

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Single action

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    C: No preference

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
    D: 24

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    B: Jumbo

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    C: No preference

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    A: Yes

    15: If yes, what brand do you use?
    B: Dunlop

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Rock and my own stuff

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    B: 2

    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    D: Not very often

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    A: Yes

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    C: No preference

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    C: No preference

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    C: No preference

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?
    D: Rock

    27: What is your preferred body material?
    B: Ash

    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    B: Through body

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    E: Brass

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    B: No

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    C: Don’t know

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    C: Near the waist

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    1999 Squier P Bass, Salas Custom 4, Zon Sonus 5 Special

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    Zon Legacy Elite Special 4

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    C: Don’t know

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    A: Vintage

    42: What tuning do you use?
    C# F# B E, E A D G

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    C: Occasionally

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    A: Stainless steel

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    60-80-100-120 for C# F# B E and 45-65-85-100 for E A D G

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    E: No preference

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    ????

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
    A: Yes - Zoom 506II

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes - 7 Band

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    PRICE IS TOO HIGH!!
     
  13. 1: 4
    2: 35"
    3: 40mm
    4: headed
    5: ebony
    6: through neck
    7: angled
    8: 2x2 tuners
    9: single action
    10: headstock adjustable
    11: 24 frest
    12: jumbo
    13: front dots and side dots
    14: yes
    15: dunlop
    16: finger, slap, plectrum
    17: jazz/funk-metal
    18: 2
    19: occasionally
    20: yes
    21: active
    22: 3 band
    23: active
    24: single coil
    25: right handed
    26: modern
    27: maple
    28: stained wood
    29: through bridge
    30: no
    31: no
    32: no
    33: brass
    34: no preference
    35: no
    36: near chest
    37: warwick thumb NT 5 string
    38: fodera monarh delux
    39: yes
    40: no
    41: microlite
    42: B, C#, F#, B, E
    43: occasionally
    44: rear routed cavity front mounted
    45: nickle
    46: normal
    47: side
    48: flat top knurled
    49: no. i like tonal wppds
    50: not yet. im getting them for x-mas.
    51: yes. bass, mid, low-mid, treble.
    52: great quality guiatrs are too expensive.
    53: nope

    you are very wlecome.
     
  14. as long as it's good, i'll play it.
     
  15. I am a student in England studying design. For my final year project I am trying to design a true bassists bass. To that end I am posting this questionnaire in the hope that bassists reading it will fill it in and post there answers. Please spare the time to do this as it will make the world of difference to this project. Thanks H.

    BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    B: 5

    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    D: 35”

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    E: Don’t know

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    B: Headed bass


    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    B: Rosewood

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    C: Through neck

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    A: An angled headstock

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    D: No preference

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    B: Double action

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Headstock adjustable

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
    D: 24

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    A: medium

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    C: No preference

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    B: No

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Jazz, ambient, rock, funk.

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    B: 2

    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    B: Regularly

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    A: Yes

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    B: Passive

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    B: Passive


    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    B: Humbucker

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?

    E: Other (please specify)
    Custom

    27: What is your preferred body material?
    C: Mahogany

    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    B: Through body

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    A: Yes

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    F: Adjustable

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    C: No preference

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    A: Yes

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    B: Near the chest

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    Washburn XB-200

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    Alembic-modified Guild Starfire

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    A: Yes

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    B: Sealed mini

    42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
    EADG, DADG, GADG

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    C: Occasionally

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    C: Flatwound

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    100-85-70-60

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    A: Domed knurled

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    B: No
    Please give reason:
    It would have to sound very full

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?

    B: No

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes

    semi-Parametric EQ, Tone control

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?

    bad construction, cheap parts, overpriced instruments.
     
  16. BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    B: 5


    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    F: 34.5"

    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
    F: n/a, I play a 5 and 6

    4: Do you have a preference between?
    B: Headed bass

    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    C: Ebony

    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
    A: Bolt on

    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
    C: No preference

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    A: 4 in line tuners

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    B: Double action

    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    C: No preference

    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
    F: 22

    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
    B: Jumbo

    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
    B: Side dots only

    14: Do you use strap locks?
    B: No

    15: If yes, what brand do you use?
    c. n/a

    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [3] Slap
    [2] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Blues, R&B

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
    B: 2


    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
    C: Occasionally

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?
    A: Yes

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
    A: Active

    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)

    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    A: Active

    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
    B: Humbucker

    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed

    26: What style instrument do you prefer?
    B: Modern


    27: What is your preferred body material?
    B: Ash

    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    A: Through bridge

    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes

    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    B: No

    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes

    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
    B: Bone

    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
    C: No preference

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
    A: Yes

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?
    C: Near the waist

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
    A. F Bass Studio
    B. F Bass BN5
    C. F Bass BNF4
    D. Fender Jazz V

    38: What is your dream production bass?
    n/a

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes

    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
    B: No

    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    A: Vintage


    42: What tuning do you use?
    a. 4-string: EADG
    b. 5-string BEADG
    c. 6-string BEADGC

    43: Do you change your tuning?
    E: Never

    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    A: Rear routed cavity front mounted

    45: What type of strings do you use?
    A: Stainless steel

    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    B .128", E .102", A .085", D .065", G .045", C .029",

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?
    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?
    F: Turned blackwood, max dot

    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
    Maybe

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
    A: Yes
    If yes please list:
    a. Sadowsky Preamp/DI (sometimes)
    b. ART MP tube preamp (sometimes)

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes, (Bass, parametric midrange and treble, plus rig has 2 variable filter stages with settable filter characteristics - bw, q, hi/lo/band pass select, gain, blend)

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    too much overpriced crap

    53: Any other comments
    Have a nice day :D
     
  17. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    so, are these results going to be averaged to create a composite 'bassist's bass?'

    Looks like you're going to need a few models, otherwise...
     
  18. funkasaurus

    funkasaurus

    Apr 23, 2001
    Los Angeles
    01. A
    02. C
    03. E
    04. B
    05. A
    06. A
    07. A
    08. A
    09. C
    10. C
    11. D
    12. C
    13. D. Fretted-either blocks or side dots only. Fretless-side dots only.
    14. B
    15. ???
    16. 1. Finger 2. Slap 3. Plectrum
    17. Funk
    18. B
    19. B
    20. A
    21. B
    22. n/a
    23. B
    24. A
    25. A
    26. A
    27. B
    28. A
    29. B
    30. A
    31. B
    32. A
    33. B
    34. B
    35. A
    36. B
    37. Fender MIM Jazz
    38. Sadowsky Vintage 4
    39. A
    40. A
    41. A
    42. EADG
    43. E
    44. A
    45. A
    46. .105, .85, .65, .45
    47. A
    48. A
    49. B. Never played one that I liked the tone of.
    50. B
    51. A. Bass, mid, treble. 5 preset eq settings (Ampeg BA-115)
    52. I don't have enough money to buy all the basses I want! Can't find all the brands I'd like to try locally.
    53. Good luck!
     
  19. funkasaurus

    funkasaurus

    Apr 23, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Hey it would be cool if you shared the data you collect once you have all of the responses. :D
     
  20. BTBbassist

    BTBbassist join us for mankala hour!

    Apr 20, 2002
    Westlake Village, CA
    BASSIST’S QUESTIONAIRES

    1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
    A: 4



    2: What is your preferred scale length?
    C: 34”


    3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?

    C: 41mm


    4: Do you have a preference between?

    B: Headed bass


    5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
    A: Maple


    6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?

    C: Through neck


    7: On a headed bass do you prefer?

    C: No preference

    8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
    A: 4 in line tuners

    9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:

    B: Double action


    10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
    A: Headstock adjustable


    11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?

    D: 24


    12: What size fret wire do you prefer?

    B: Jumbo


    13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?

    B: Side dots only


    14: Do you use strap locks?
    A: Yes

    15: If yes, what brand do you use?
    A: Schaller


    16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
    [1] Finger style
    [2] Slap
    [3] Plectrum

    17: What type of music do you normally play?
    Classic Rock/Funk

    18: What is your preferred number of pickups?

    B: 2


    19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?

    D: Not very often

    20: Would you use piezo pickups?

    C: No preference

    21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?

    A: Active


    22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?

    B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)


    23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
    A: Active



    24: What type of pickup do you prefer?

    B: Humbucker


    25: What orientation do you play your bass?
    A: Right handed


    26: What style instrument do you prefer?

    B: Modern


    27: What is your preferred body material?

    H: No preference (depends on target sound)


    28: What is you finish preference?
    A: Natural wood
    B: Stained wood
    -depends on type of wood

    29: What is your preferred string routing?
    A: Through bridge


    30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
    A: Yes


    31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
    A: Yes


    32: Do you adjust the intonation?
    A: Yes


    33: What type of top nut do you prefer?

    E: Brass


    34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?

    C: No preference (no experience with one yet)

    35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?

    I change from style to style

    36: When playing do you hold your bass?

    E: Other (please specify)
    a bit above the waist

    37: What make and model bass do you currently play?

    Zon Sonus Special, Ibanez BTB 5

    38: What is your dream production bass?

    MTD

    39: Would you play a fretless bass?
    A: Yes


    40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?

    B: No


    41: What is your preferred tuner type?
    schaller elephant ear

    42: What tuning do you use?

    E,A,D,G


    43: Do you change your tuning?

    C: Occasionally


    44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
    depends on design

    45: What type of strings do you use?

    B: Nickel


    46: What is your preferred string gauge?
    .45-.105

    47: Where do you prefer your bass’s jack socket to be positioned?

    B: Side

    48: What type of knob do you prefer?

    E: No preference


    49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?

    B: No
    Please give reason:
    Wood=Good

    50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?

    B: No
    If yes please list:

    51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
    A: Yes

    If yes please give details:
    Bass
    Mid
    Treble

    Simple=Good

    52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
    Electronics, faulty jacks (most of the time cable's fault but...)
    Also that I don't have them all!

    53: Any other comments
    Hope this helps...good luck with your project!

    :D :)