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Best Jazz Bass finish/wood combination

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sheepdog, Jun 4, 2005.

Which Jazz Bass finish/wood combination?

Poll closed Jun 11, 2005.
  1. Transparent blue on ash, no pg, maple neck

    7 vote(s)
  2. Mary Kay White on ash, tort pg, maple neck

    16 vote(s)
  3. Blue dye/blue back on quilt/ash, no pg, maple neck

    4 vote(s)
  4. Tobacco burst on ash, no pg, maple neck

    3 vote(s)
  5. Tobacco burst on ash, no pg, maple w/black block inlays

    11 vote(s)
  6. Other: Make Suggestions (I don't want a black bass, though)

    17 vote(s)
  1. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL

    I realize this is all personal opinion, but just thought I would ask...

    of the finishes in the poll, which is best? If you have other ideas, you may suggest those also.

    Thinking of taking your advice and getting one really nice bass. Won't be anytime soon, but we can all dream.

    It will have either Fralin or Nordstrand Jazz pickups and an OBP1 (with series/parallel and active/passive)

    I think this is: I plan on buying a nice bass version 15.0 at this point

    oh well, I have just in the past few months paid down debt enough to where I thought this might be a reality someday.
  2. I'm a huge fan of the White basses, especially when it comes to jazz basses. I'd go with the Mary Kay white, with either a tortoise or a black pickguard
  3. I'd go for Mary Kay white, tort p/g, and maple neck with black blocks and binding.

    P.S. I accidentally voted for the Tobacco burst with Black blocks and binding, sorry.
  4. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    Well, here's my suggestion:

    Body: Transparent gloss Ash
    Neck: Maple\Maple with cream pearloid blocks
    Pickguard: Cream pearloid
    Hardware: gold

    That would look extremely classy! :)

  5. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    of what you listed I'd definatly go with the white, tort, maple combo, other than that I would say butterscotch blonde, black pickguard, maple neck, mmmmm delicious
  6. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    my goal is to have something nice looking, great sounding but not the same as everything else out there. Don't want a Geddy or a Marcus Miller bass. Both nice looking, but they have been done.

    I like the tort or pearl black pickguard best, so it would have to go well with those (if I even go that route)
  7. Alder, not ash. 7.5 radius and candy apple red with a matching headstock.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    3-color sunburst with tort 'guard. Classic.
  9. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL

    only way I would get a matching headstock is on a dye finish on a figured maple top. No other matching headstock looks right to me
  10. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    What about blueburst on quilt with a grey pearl pickguard? Greenburst on flame with crushed copper pearl guard?

  11. Matter of taste. 60s style jazz basses are the only ones that I think carry off the matching headstock well. CAR is my favourite, Lake Placid is my second.
  12. ewwwwww.... crabjuice..
  13. funky_bass_guy

    funky_bass_guy Guest

    Jul 30, 2004
    Candy Apple Red, White Scratchplate, Maple Neck with black dot inlays.
  14. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    another option:

    buy the natural gloss MIM Jazz w/rosewood neck from GC and slap in some Nordstrands and an OBP1 preamp
  15. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Body: Alder
    Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
    Neck: Maple with a Rosewood fingerboard
    Finish: 3-color sunburst
  16. Larzon


    Jan 15, 2005
    Body: Butterscotch Blonde
    Neck: Pau Ferro
    PG: Black
    Hardware: Chrome
  17. catwig1


    Mar 4, 2001
    Brighton, UK

    That was my choice :D
  18. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    There is NO WAY that you're going to get any real useful info out of this thread, because it is 100% other people's opinions in looks.

    That said, I'd go with 2-tone sunburst, no pickguard, birdseye maple fretboard.
  19. squierplayer120


    Nov 17, 2004
    2 or 3 tone sunburst, tort pg, and birdseye maple FB.

    [Edit]With an ash body, flame maple top.[edit]
  20. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA

    White under tort is always a killer combo. :D

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