Design your own Custom Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rockerjeff, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Hipshot A Style Bridge

  2. Hipshot B Style Bridge

  3. Hipshot Triple Lock Down Bridge

  4. Hipshot Tremolo Bridge

  5. Babicz Full Contact Hardware Bridge

  6. Kahler Tremolo Bridge

  7. Generic Economy Bridge (it'll save you at least $100)

  8. Other Bridge not mentioned

  9. EMG Pickups

  10. Seymour Duncan/Basslines Pickups

  11. Bartolini Pickups

  12. DiMarzio Pickups

  13. Fender Pickups

  14. Lace Pickups

  15. Nordstrand Pickups

  16. Other Pickups not mentioned

  17. Fan Fret (Multi Scale)

  18. Headless

  19. Fretless

  20. Custom Graphics

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. rockerjeff


    Apr 25, 2009
    General Manager, Halo Custom Guitars, Inc.

    I am developing an interactive Bass Customization Tool for my website, and I wanted to get an idea of what kind of custom options and components (hardware/electronics) should be offered in the Tool.

    I am especially interested in learning your opinions about:
    • Bridges (manufacturer and model)
    • Pickups (manufacturer and model)
    • EQ (manufacturer and model)
    • Tuners (manufacturer and model)
    • Woods
    • Body Shapes

    Thanks in advance for any input!
  2. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    I'm partial to bartolini pickups and hipshot hardware, but I think you should include gotoh, wilkinson, and grover hardware as well. As far as pickups, seymour duncan basslines, EMG, Bartolini, Dimarzio just to get started.
  3. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    None of these bridges (apart from Hipshot triple lock) are very usable for fanned frets. Same goes for headless.
  4. Sollie7


    Mar 13, 2011
    Woodstock, Ga
    Can't go wrong with bartolini and hipshot
  5. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    Deff EMG electronics IMO. Choice of strings, and type of neck thickness...
  6. Camaro


    Sep 25, 2013
    Germany, NRW
    Zero Fret?
  7. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    You should include single string bridges as an option for bridges, this would be needed for both fanned frets and also for customizing string spacing.
  8. Optional tremolo installation.
  9. Individual string bridges seem like a natural thing to include...
  10. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    GOTOH bridges, tuners and Bill Lawrence Pick-ups... Fretless (lined and un-lined)
  11. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    Hipshot Triple Lock is an individual string bridge.
  12. Pickup/Bridge covers
    Mute switch
  13. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Ash Jazz body front routed, with BAII bridge, satin nitro finish
    Bubinga wenge Jazz neck with vintage style tuners
    Fender P and J pickups, two volume pots
  14. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray Supporting Member

    May 14, 2008
    Fairfax, VA
    rockerjeff, I would like to say that you on behalf of the TalkBass community for caring enough to come here and ask for our opinions.
    I've been following Halo through your website and email list for awhile. I'm certianly more interested in your brand now that you've posted this thread.
    All the best,
  15. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Hipshot D-style bridge and Ultralites, Bart p/up(s), Aguilar OBP-3

  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Sperzel tuner are a must, most brands forget to offer them. 100% made in USA and unique features.
    In the same vein, offer Pope modular preamp as an option. Some people want the top of the top for electronics.
    Individual bridges can be good to have too, for the same reason. People like them.
  17. sj_bass


    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
    I like the simplicity and mass of the Gotoh 201 bridge, otherwise, the Hipshot A Style is plenty good.

    My friend (and former Dread Zeppelin bassist) Howard Ulyate (Ulyate Instruments) is making some of the absolute truest hand-wound pickups I've ever played.

    No EQ. Passive all the way....

    Hipshot tuners - I really like their gearing. It just *fits*...

    Woods - whatever floats yer boat... Alder, Ash, Maple, Mahogany.... They're all very capable.

    And body shapes - the only thing I don't care for are single-cuts. Just aesthetics for me.

    As always, YMMV.

  18. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Babicz Full Contact bridge

    Rio Grande, Muy Grande Jazzbuckers


    Hipshot Ultralite tuners

    Alder Body

    My Bastard body shape
    rumblinbass likes this.
  19. My current project:
    8 string fretless, headless (if I can get a machinist to make a string retainer plus bridge to my specs) ERB w/ hollow body - custom shape.
    Most likely (almost certain) 2 sets of p pups as a single neck pup, + under bridge piezo and maybe, once I get the funds together, some bridge pickup. Not sure which, yet.
    I don't have the money to get everything done yet though :/
  20. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    If I'm spending money for a custom guitar, there had better be a through-neck option.