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Does this Exist in a New Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by birdman14, May 2, 2015.

  1. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    So I've been GASing pretty hard recently for a late 70s Jazz bass, but I really need to get a decent 5 string. Does anyone know if this bass currently exists in some form of production as a fiver?

    I've gone through some options, but seem to strike out. I love the american standards/deluxes, but those necks all have black binding on them. The Marcus Miller Jazz bass has white blocks/binding, but has that god-awful route which covers up half the body. If there was a way to mix and match one of the MM jazz necks with an American standard/deluxe body, I think it'd be a winner. Unfortunately, the warmoth route doesn't really work either, since it doesn't seem like they make normal sized 5 string jazz bodies. I've also tried checking the normal suspects for Jazz copies, and no-one seems to have the white blocks Any and all help is appreciated!

    Last edited: May 3, 2015
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Lakland might do something like that as a custom, but it won't be cheap. Doing the binding and blocks in our modern economy is very labor intensive on the manufacturing end. If you can live without the blocks and binding, there are many excellent choices.
  3. Why not a high-end Squier? Then you can just replace the stock hardware or whatever with the money you saved.
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  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Maybe the guy at Gamma basses could do it? Those are basically custom-assembled parts basses. I think they usually run $700 or so.
  5. ale_vanlager

    ale_vanlager Supporting Member

    Jun 30, 2004
    Frederick, MD
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  6. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2001
  7. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    Not a bad idea, though the warmoth neck alone would cost about 600 dollars.

    Good call! If I was looking for a natural finish bass, that would have been the perfect solution. I'm really picky in wanting that nice cream body.

    This was my first thought, but I can't stand the black bindings/blocks. If I was able to match this body with the MM neck, it'd be perfect, but alas, I cannot.
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  8. tsheldon


    Jun 20, 2005
    Western New York
    If you do not mind an active preamp the Fender Marcus Miller 5 string is pretty close.
  9. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    You may be better off to go the Frankenbass route. Find the parts you want and slap 'em together. Now that's great slap bass.
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  10. FrankenBass might be your best option. Warmoth would want an arm, leg, and your first born for neck that you want. Maybe a Marcus Miller neck on a Mexican Jazz body? Then have the body painted the cream color. Also, if I'm not mistaken, Fender made some Marcus Millers in the color you're after. But I don't like how much pickguard there is on them personally.

    I've always figured, if I can't outright buy what I want, I'll make exactly what I want. One of these days, I'm going to put a Geddy Lee neck on a Deluxe Active Jazz body in that yellow/off white color with a BadassII bridge. Fender doesn't make that combo from the factory, but I will! (insert evil genius laugh here)
  11. Bassthanation


    Dec 9, 2014
    Have you checked out Reverb website they have a lot of bass's that you can browse through or look at the SX's they use to have one that looks just like the one in your picture.
  12. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010

    The neck is by far the most important part of a bass. I would not hesitate allotting half my build budget on the neck alone.

    Fact is, my best bass build is the body from a $200 squier with a $600 custom Moses Graphite neck.
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  13. Warmoth is actually not that expensive if you do the finish yourself. Finishes are like 40% of their costs.
  14. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    The more i'm looking at it, the more it seems like this is the best path. @Scooberto, I definitely agree with you about the look of the pickguard. I love the Shoreline Gold and White MM Jazzes they had for a while, and if the massive control plate was removable, I would totally just go after that. If I was able to find a MM neck, that might be ideal, although they are pretty hard to find.

    Going back and looking at pricing, that's a good point. I was able to build a neck with my desired specs for only about 450.
  15. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass Electronics
    I have been exactly were you are at, but was very happy with the Warmoth.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    This was my solution to that kind of problem. 4 to 5 bass conversion
  17. jknorton


    Nov 14, 2008
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  18. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    It'd be perfect, but I'm looking for a 5 string. My initial post was kind of messy (edited for clarity).
    Last edited: May 3, 2015
  19. Bassthanation


    Dec 9, 2014
    image. Birdman14 here's the SX I was telling you about
  20. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass Electronics

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