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Describe YOUR Signature Bass

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


  1. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    5 string J bass
    alder body, finish wiil be Evening Sky (one of my own color schemes)
    birdseye maple neck & fretboard, 21 medium frets (brass, no steel), bone nut, carbon truss rod
    extra long headstock for 5 tuners in line (4+1 looks silly IMO; I'm not gonna sacrifice looks to make it fit into a hardshell case)
    chrome vintage tuners ( I have nickel allergy :meh:)
    Rio Grande vintage pu's, passive electronics, V-V-T
    front rout, no pickguard, vintage knobs, vintage bridge, chrome with brass saddles

    And it's not a dream; it's coming for real, from Otentic Guitars.

    EDIT: 17" string spacing (It took me some technical development and some time to realize I prefer it to wide spacing)
     
  2. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've adopted the Krappy Traveller shortscale 4 as my "signature" bass. I mounted it on an NS EUB stand to play upright. In fact, Kevin is in the process of building my second one with some tweaks that make it a bit different from the first one he built for me.

    The first one:

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  3. honeyiscool

    honeyiscool

    Jan 28, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Contoured Mustang Bass body, red with white competition stripes.

    Poplar body, 31.5" scale, maple 22-fret fretboard, lightweight tuners.

    Overwound Mustang Bass pickups, Lace Hot Bridge Gold Sensor in neck position. Four way Tele pickup switch at the bottom right, with series option.
     
  4. makkE

    makkE

    Jan 19, 2010
    Normandie, France
    Here's mine:

    51' P Body (contured)+ Pickup, Black PG
    Modern P neck, maple+rosewood
    J Pup added
    V/V/T strat style pots

    Bad Photoshop:

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  5. Catbuster

    Catbuster Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    Mine's pretty boring. It would come in two color options (black and white), and with or without binding on the body.

    Alder P bass body
    Passive P/J
    1.5" nut
    Gloss black neck, headstock.
    Black hardware
    V/V/TBX wired with a 3-way
    No PG
    Rosewood fingerboard, white dot markers
    MIA or MIJ.
    Good, solid tuner that hold tune- Even tuned DGCF and hammered on with a heavy pick.
     
  6. It would be based on the Ovation Magnum that I have owned since 1986. For the uninitiated its a mahogany body and neck with a graphite insert that runs the length of the back of the neck as well as another piece or two inside? Ebony fretboard. The bridge is a side by side dual coil pickup, the neck is a quad coil pickup (one per string). Ric style stereo outputs. Basically a bastard child of an EB0 and a Ric 4001.
    magnum.
    Except if I was having it redone I would have a more durable material put on the mute and have it set so that it only engages enough to make the strings buzz like a sitar (my favorite use of the mute).
    Also on the wish list for a sig model would be;
    1-relocating the strap peg to the back of the horn so it balances better.
    2-Elimination of tone controls, I never use them on this bass.
    3-Complete copper foil shielding.
    4-Reinforcement of the jackplate with metal.
    5-one word 2 syllables. "Blueburst".
    6-Block inlays a la 70's Jazz Bass.
    7- Maybe some accomodations for C tuning, other than that keep it as simlar as possible to the Stock Ovation Magnum. They have a boring tone clean, but sing when distorted.
    8-Possible other mods, 5 string, Gibson varitone, hagstrom/darkstar pickup, active (no eq) preamp.
     
  7. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    A duplicate of the Carvin Bunny (and its options) with these additional options:
    - radiused faces on the PU's, matching the fingerboard radius (for better use as ramps when plucking over the PU's).
    - completely passive electronics option with no on-board preamp. Just PU's, and volume/blend.
    - unlined FL and 5-piece maple/walnut neck standard.

    I guess it'd have to have my signature on it too....

    LS
     
  8. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Calaverasgrande - I remember those old Ovation Magnums. Cool old bass, haven't seen one in years. I alway wanted them to do a bass version of the old Breadwinner guitar, but I don't think that they ever did.
     
  9. Luckie

    Luckie

    Jan 1, 2010
    Northfield MN
    I'd like to see this come out of the fender factory for retail sale.
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  10. xjeremiahx

    xjeremiahx

    Apr 19, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    No longer a slave to GC.
    SR5 with a flamed maple neck, 3band eq. HH config with a coil tap. Flamed maple top in the pacific blue burst.
     
  11. GrapeApe

    GrapeApe Banned

    Nov 9, 2009
    Richmond, Va
    Mine would be a Fender Jazz:
    Ash body
    Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
    SD Quarter Pound pickups
    Wilkinson vintage style bridge with threaded brass saddles
    Hipshot Ultralight clover tuners
    Chrome neck pickup cover
    White pearl pickguard
    Upgraded pots and wiring
    Would be available in Agave Blue or Burgundy Mist

    Also (and this is minor) My sig would have the silver on black Fender decal from a few years ago.
     
  12. acebase62

    acebase62

    Jun 29, 2010
    Maple 4 string J neck (reinforced) with rosewood fretboard and Gotoh vintage style reverse nickle tuners.

    Alder P body with 2 hum-cancelling J pickups (Seymour Duncan STK-J2 or Dimarzio Area J), no pickguard.

    Fender or Gotoh vintage style upgrade bridge.

    Fender TBX tone control & 500K volume pots.

    Available in solid black or transparent gray only, with matching color headstock and neck.
     
  13. J-Building

    J-Building

    Jan 1, 2009
    Based off of the RBX-JM2

    Electronics
    -Custom DiMarzio Split P pickup in the middle, wired for series/parallel
    -Two Nordstrand Fat stacks in the Neck and Bridge, wired for single-coil/normal operation
    -on/off switches for each pickup
    -wired to jack without volume or tone controls

    As for the body/neck
    -Inca Silver finish on body
    -Satin finish on back of neck in inca silver color
    -Maple fretboard painted to inca silver color
    -3 piece maple/maple neck
    -alder body
    -matching headstock
     

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  14. Nofretz6

    Nofretz6

    Oct 26, 2009
    DFW
    Probably this one - first ever custom build.
    Stats:

    1) 6 string chambered 18-32

    2) Spanish Cedar Body - Sitka Spruce top.

    3) Piezo Black Hipshot "A" style bridge

    4) Volume and tone control.

    5) Bartolini Buffer system

    6) 9 volt battery box

    7) Maple neck Mac Ebony lined fingerboard w/ side markers @ fretlines.

    8) Hipshot Ultralite Tuners

    9) String thru body

    10) stellartone tonestyler passive tone control.

    11) La Bella tapewounds

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  15. Ernie Ball doesn't do endorsements or signatures last i checked, so some other company would have to build a stingray H based on my current OLP MM2.

    think this bass...

    M110-66-6201.

    in this configuration:

    black w/ matching headstock; pearloid pickguard
    4-bolt neck w/ threaded inserts
    black bridge, strap buttons and tuners
    bone nut
    Hipshot Xtender in chrome...yep, the rest of the tuners will be black :D
    Dimarzio Will Power P in the P-position, a humbucker at the bridge spec'd similar to whatever the specs are of the OLP humbuckers...
    2-band preamp; 16 dB +/- @ 40 hz (bass), 18 dB +/- @ 3K hz (treble), passive resistor-based mid scoop switch
    3-way pickup selector toggle
    push/pull volume pot for active/passive
    standard 4-hole control plate: Volume/selector/bass/mid switch/treble/jack

    i think that just about covers it...oh, wait. each bass would ship with a pair of Dunlop Strap-loks just cause they've saved my bass more times than i can count.
     
  16. EdHunter

    EdHunter

    Jan 14, 2010
    Dublin
    Fender MIM P Deluxe
    Gotoh 201
    Mirror PG
    Roto SM66N
    Black Straploks

    Available in Black/Rosewood, White/Maple or LPB/Maple

    It'd be a sig for the people, retailing at just under $1000, had I my way...
     
  17. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    London
    How could I leave this, behind.

    Yeah I've been guilty of the sig bass fantasy, mine would be:

    American standard precision neck
    Jaguar body
    Precision pups not too overwound
    Ashtrays
    Rosewood fretboard
    Block inlays
    Vintage tint
    High mass bridge through-body strung
    Hipshot double lever detuner as standard
    Available in Olympic White, Ice/Sky Blue, 3 tone sunburst, Montego black, Antigua with matching scratchplate (or black or t'shell)

    Now can somebody photoshop me one up? (Then send it to Fender and pay for them to make me one in each colour)


    Thanks!
     
  18. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    London
    Oh and white pup cover option would be sexy time!
     
  19. Mine is being built right now. It will be a bolt on neck. A picture is worth a 1000 words.
    JerzyDrozd1312.
    CopyofJerzyDrozdbackNTc-12-12.
     
  20. slipitin

    slipitin Guest

    Jul 26, 2002
    London
    How could I leave this, behind.

    Yeah I've guilty of the sig bass fantasy, mine would be:

    American standard precision neck
    Jaguar body
    Precision pups not too overwound
    Ashtrays
    Rosewood fretboard
    Block inlays
    Vintage tint
    High mass bridge through-body strung
    Hipshot double lever detuner as standard
    Available in Olympic White, Ice/Sky Blue, 3 tone sunburst, Montego black, Antigua with matching scratchplate (or black or t'shell)

    Now can somebody photoshop me one up? (Then send it to Fender and pay for them to make me one in each colour)


    Thanks!
     

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