Decisions, decisions... :-\

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Primus21, May 29, 2004.

  1. Primus21


    Feb 6, 2004
    Hey guys,

    I've been planning on making a custom bass from scratch. It'll have Bubinga wings, and Purpleheart/Padauk going through the middle of the body (Not neck-thru). I'll put a Zebrawood top on. I'll have J/MM Bartolini pickups. But what I need to decide on is how many strings :confused:
    I love my 4-String Ibanez GSR100 (Even though it's a ****ty bass) which I defretted myself :hyper: . I love slapping, and If I go with a 6 string, I feel I might not have my normal slappage. A 4 has good spacing, but I feel like getting those lower notes. I've been thinking on a 5-string fretted.
    Once I've decided on the strings, I have to decide on good neck woods. I was thinking a maple/purpleheart 5-piece. I'm thinking about an ebony fingerboard, but I want a different feel.
    So can anyone give me some good ideas for my bass?

    Thanks a lot,

    P.S. The body will be shaped like a Conklin mixed with a Carl Thompson :cool:
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    How about a Pau Ferro fingerboard. It's seemingly harder than rosewood but not as hard as ebony. It's pretty too...
  3. Make it a 5 string, with 4 string spacing.
  4. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    It sounds like you have never made a bass before, are you sure you want to? This sounds a bit too ambitious.

    I'd have to go with Kaz's decision on this one.