Find my dream bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 1nterest1ng, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. 1nterest1ng


    Apr 9, 2018
    This one’s a bit of a big ask, but:

    I’m at the stage now where I’d prefer that my next bass have as few “comprises” as possible. I’ve found a few that come close, but not quite what I’m after.

    The features I’m looking for are:

    • Split coil precision neck pickup. Either classic fender type or “block” type
    • MM style humbucker bridge pickup
    • 4 string
    • Passive electronics w/ volumes + one tone
    • 24 Frets
    • Dark coloured fingerboard. Rosewood, etc.
    • Natural body finish, preferably non-gloss

    Does anyone know of any widely-ish available basses that match as many of these as possible?

  2. Valsmere


    Jun 28, 2018
    southern NJ
    How about a Warmoth build?
  3. 1nterest1ng


    Apr 9, 2018
    I’d like to, but I don’t have the facilities to put together a parts bass, nor do I have the tools or know-how to solder.
  4. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Warmoth could get you exactly what you need. You can build a boutique bass for a fraction of the price with all the quality.
  5. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    If money is no big issue I think I would have one build by a luthier specifically to my preferred specs if I were you, alternatively for a bit cheaper solution assemble one yourself from Warmoth parts fitting your preferences.

    I once owned a bass I build from Warmoth parts and it was one of the best basses I ever owned, which I very much regret selling.

    Warmoth makes really high quality parts and they make them to just about every possible combination of specs you could wish.
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  6. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    Ibanez had something very similar, my daughter's band teacher plays it. Satin black, but unsure of the active/passive or fret count.
    Clicked all the other boxes though, and is a nice looking bass, precision style body

    not able to find a model yet...
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019
  7. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
  8. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Theres one in the classifieds which nails all this except it's a jazz bridge pup.
  9. Col Pruse

    Col Pruse

    May 28, 2003
    Savannah, GA
  10. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Sandberg basses will make exactly that.
  11. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    You might have to compromise on a few features but this comprises as few as possible.... c8eefbc37558c0f5e2d6c4347dcbb1f6.jpg
  12. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Kiesel...they can build that in their sleep. I ordered one almost same specs but in a painted finish.
    Rock on.
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  13. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space

    Or everything else you need!



    may the bass be with you

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  14. baileyboy

    baileyboy Inactive

    Aug 12, 2010
  15. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Then you will be buying off the rack at guitar center and compromising.
  16. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    ... that’s not true at all.
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  17. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    This guy beat me too it, Sandberg seems to be the way to go for you. They're active basses but usually have a passive switch on them. Otherwise if they don't have a model thats off the shelf to your spec, they build one for you. The downside is they're not cheap but they are very nice instruments worth what they're charging IMO
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  18. neddyrow

    neddyrow Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    i too vote warmoth. my first build, i just gave the parts to my luthier and he did everything. the rest i just have him do the final setups. there's gotta be a luthier in Australia somewhere nearby, right?
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  19. ZombiiBass

    ZombiiBass Check out my band Zombii!!!!!!!! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Right Coast Punk CT
    Endorsing Artist for Dirtbag Clothing, Black Diamond Strings, Clayton Custom Picks, and WB Gear.
    Valenti Basses!
  20. SehlraC


    Sep 14, 2009
    They make solderless setups for electronics. Not sure what you envision you'd need to put together a parts bass beyond a standard set of screwdrivers.

    Btw how much were you looking to spend?
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