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Custom P Bass Build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zanderwestcoast, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. I am considering getting a custom P bass built by Gil Yaron. He is known and respected for building pre CBS inspired basses to exact standards and specs of the originals, and for amazing attention to detail. I am torn between which wood combos to go with though....

    I am leaning towards late 50's featherweight ash body, brazillian rosewood board. Medium thickness neck.....or an early 50's design ash body single coil pickup and maple board and thick neck......but then again maybe alder body with the brazillian board is the classic combo?? ****.....I don't know....

    What am I looking for?

    Resonant,organic, musical tone.
    Growly, burpy, round, fingerstyle funk
    Smooth as butter to play
    sounds killer with tone rolled all the way off...

    Any thoughts??
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Gil Yaron is a master craftsman. I would probably ask him what he would recommend based on your tone goals.
  3. LowBC

    LowBC Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2008
    Builder, chief cook and bottle washer: www.MavourneenStrings.com / store manager at Music Go Round (Denver)
    If you opt for a single coil pickup make sure you play something with one of those in it first and like it. Vibe and mojo of the Tele/slab body aside, there's a reason that Leo went to the split coil in 1957.

    good luck!
  4. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Ya, noise gates should come with scpb pups but they sound so nice and woodsy.
  5. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I though Brazilian rosewood was on the endangered list for the last few decades?? Are people still getting it somehow?
  6. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    How much experience do you have with bass guitars?
  7. Why do you ask?
    25+ years playing
    Really looking for input from people who have more experience playing the pre CBS instruments.
  8. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I'd personally go for the Alder/Rosewood split pickup for the tone you're going for.
  9. nagarjuna


    Dec 10, 2006
    The Gunks, NY
    My thoughts exactly. That guy is a genius. Tell him what your after and then listen up. You'll be glad in the long run. Good luck and great choice of builder! ;)
  10. aaron1433


    Jun 24, 2009
    Always boils down to the individual pieces in question. But those are all classic combos. Don't discount what you really want it to LOOK like. That's in part why you're going custom, no?