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Describe YOUR Signature Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Spinal Tapper, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. BassAgent

    BassAgent Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    4 string Jazz, lightweight ash body, trans olympic white w/ matching HS, tort pickguard, flamed maple A-width neck rosewood fingerboard w/ clay dots and binding that matches the body finish, bone nut, lollipop tuners, Hipshot vintage bridge, Aguilar AG 4J-60 pickups, CTS pots w/ bakelite knobs, Switchcraft Jack.

    Have I missed something?
    Oh yeah and then it would turn out a bit like this:
    Which I already have :p
  2. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA

    First bass would copy the neck from my Deluxe 4-94 and make it with the options of a fretless unlined ebony board, fretted rosewood, or fretted maple boards. Black finished headstock. Body is a Deluxe 4-94 body, an ash body with maple cap.

    Put the MM pickup in the real StingRay position instead of the location Lakland uses. Either a P-style split PUP in the Precision location, or a quad-coil soap-bar that allows selection of two side-by-side coils, or staggered coils like a Precison. Standard Lakland electronics, with a push-pull in the volume knob to switch the pre-amp to an exact copy of the 2-band EQ pre from my original '78 StingRay. No need for an active/passive option

    Hardware is all black but otherwise stock Lakland bridge, Dunlop dual-design strap locks, Hipshot gears with X-Tender key, graphite nut, black dome knobs like they use on the Skylines.

    Second bass is the same neck bolted onto Classic 4-94 body (alder) with a pair of Duncan Antiquity Jazz bass PUPs in the original (not '70s) Jazz locations. Passive Volume/Blend/tone controls, no pickguard. Chrome hardware on this one, again with the Hipshot Xtender key.

    I've already got the perfect Precision, so I wouldn't need anything else with these.

  3. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    My signature bass would push into an area I've never seen. It would have interchangable pickups and come with an assortment of humbuckers, soap bars, P, and J pickups. It would also have a "Gamechanger" type device which could be re-programmed on the fly via a bluetooth connection to a computer or smartphone.

    As long as I'm dreaming, there would be a small servo that lowers the frets and slides covers over the slots converting it to a fretless bass.

    Why do something that's already been done. Push the envelope! Take the bass past where you found it.

    If the interchangable pickup idea didn't work, then a MIDI device could be installed and be loaded with the "classic" sounds as well as being infinently changable to get whatever tone you want out of it.

    It would be the only bass you'd ever need.
  4. I've wanted this kind of control setup for a long time, I'm going to have something similar soon on my current bass, which will make it very close to how I want my signature to be :D
  5. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Mine would be a Custom Shop Fender Jazz (old school passive) Mary Kaye style, white pearloid pickguard with a '70's maple neck with white binding & pearl block inlays
  6. Barduuk


    Dec 29, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Strings
    Jaguar/Marcus Miller Hybrid Custom

    - 5-String Jaguar Body Style
    - Swamp Ash
    - Bolt On
    - Olympic White,, Trans White,, or White Sparkle
    - B/W/B Pickguard
    - String-Though Body Option
    - Pop-Out Battery Compartment On Back

    - Birds-Eye Maple
    - C Shaped Neck
    - Ebony Fingerboard
    - 7.25" Fingerboard Radius
    - 22 Medium-Jumbo Frets
    - 34" Scale
    - Graphite Support Rods
    - White or Pearl Blocks
    - White Binding
    - Matching Headstock
    - 4+1 Tuners
    - Synthetic Bone Nut (1.825")

    - Marcus Miller Pre-Amp
    - Active/Passive Switch
    - MM/MM Pick-Up Config.
    - Custom MM-Style Pick-Ups
    w/ 4 Coils so they can be wired Front-J, Rear-J, P, Reverse-P, or MM. (a 2 String Coil for D- and G-Strings, and a 3 String Coil for B-, E-, and A-Strings)
    - Master Volume
    - Master Passive Tone
    - Bass/Mid/Treble Controls +/-
    - Pick-Up Blend
    - 2x 5 Position Coil Tap (1. MM, 2. Rear-J, 3. Front-J, 4. P, 5. Reverse-P)

    - Hipshot Ultra-Light Tuners
    - Hipshot 'A-Style' Bridge
    - Chrome Hardware
    - Schaller Straplocks
    - Truss Rod Wheel

    Anyone feel like doing a PhotoShop mock-up for me??

    And yes.. I've been planning this for a while.. Ha ha
  7. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Mikey Guitar

    Not exact, but close enough. :)
  8. Holy crap, where has this thing been all this time?
  9. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Came across it awhile ago. Here are some video demos: Fretted or fretless? Make it a convertible

    On another note, my sig would be a Carl Thompson imitation with an F-mandolin style headstock, active/passive switching, 24 frets, ebony fingerboard, and walnut in the body. Hoping for some pictures in a couple months. ;)
  10. cjmodulus


    Jul 15, 2010
    Pretty much a Warwick thumb, but with these specs.
    Wenge neck
    Ebony fb
    Bubinga pommele top
    Mahogany back
    Bartolini pickups and 3 band EQ
    And some sort of piezo bridge.
    One day, it wont just be a dream... Till then my current setup does the job
  11. topcat2069


    Dec 2, 2007
    Palm Springs
    The only difference would be a Walnut body with a clear gloss finish.

    Maple/Rosewood Bound & blocked
    Nordstrand MM 5.2
    John East MM SR 2 band pre
    Gold hardware

    Attached Files:

  12. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England

    5 string, mikey guitar style neck (fretted and fretless)
    neck through
    35' scale
    monorail bridges
    Ash body
    Carbon fiber FB and top
    Bartolini electronics
    Glockenklang Pre
    Gotoh tuners
  13. I'm boring. It would be a Lakland 4-94 Deluxe w/ a Hipshot detuner, birds eye maple neck, ebony fretboard and stock electronics. The only real difference with mine would be that it would only come in candy colors, specifically, candy tangerine, candy green and candy apple red. :D
  14. 4 String 34" Scale with:

    Swamp Ash Musiclander body upsized for a bass,
    Ebony veneer,
    Flame Maple top, dyed black, no pickguard,
    Warwick styled two piece bridge,
    P/MM pup config, passive Vol/Vol/Tone, maybe with push/pull pots or switches to series/parallel the pups.

    Wenge neck with Ebony fretboard,
    Abalone inlays,
    Hipshot Ultralite Clover styled machine heads,
    Zero Fret,
    Brass Jumbo frets,
    Ebony headstock veneer,
    Tele headstock shape,
    Graphite nut.

    I have had seriously too much time to think about this. lol.
  15. Mick Karn's Wal(s).

    If that's not allowed, maybe something like a EBMM Bongo HS fretless with an ACG filter preamp and a Tyler-style "shmear" paint job (examples here: http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/electrics/tyler/ ). Strung with DR Neons.
  16. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    The Rimshot Thumpmaster 3000:

    4 string, 34" scale
    Swamp Ash '72 P-Bass style body (surf green w/black guard)
    Tele-Bass style headstock
    Maple neck back
    Maple fingerboard
    Brass nut (1-11/16" nut width)
    21 frets
    Black blocks and binding
    Stainless Steel 6105 frets
    Hipshot elephant ear tuners - Drop D standard
    EMG PX split coil active p-ups
    Babitz full contact bridge
  17. Big chicken

    Big chicken

    May 25, 2010
    In Space
    a Status graphite b-2 with walnut body
  18. seungkoo

    seungkoo Banned

    Nov 20, 2003
    I tried to love fenders but in the end my favorite bass to play with is my warwick streamer stage II
    So a custom shop warwick stage II would be my signature. Same body woods same neck wood and fretboard but I would have MM bridge pickup and a P pick up in the front. Maybe a fancy top and matching headstock with my name on the 24th fret =)

  19. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Mine would be my current main bass - Warmoth alder Dinky J body, Status graphite neck, Nordstrand NJ4SEs, J-Retro, Badass bridge (and a Hipshot D-Tuner).

  20. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    very light alder body
    one piece maple neck
    brazilian rosewood board
    one single pickup no electronics
    aluminium bridge
    hipshot light tuners
    bolt on neck-quite deep neck pocket

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