help a 17 year old build the best bass PLZ and i garrentee your day will improve

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Apollo5, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. Apollo5

    Apollo5 Guest

    Oct 14, 2005
    ok ill get to the point, Im 17 and in shop class when an idea pops into my head y don't i build a bass. lol I know I know. so i ordered a bass neck from carvin and have some really nice AAAAA crotched walnut for the top but I want a piezo bridge and probably some bart pickups with as much range as possible with the active passive , blend, mid, bass, treb, and also i want to try for the series and paralles. But first i need to know what the hell series and paralles even mean and what they do. also how can i blend the piezo pickups in with the barts?
  2. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    1. your thread title doesn't have to read like a popup add. You will probably get alot more attention with a clearly stated topic in your title.

    2. No one cares that your 17, I built my first bass when I was 17, and it is no excuse for having a better/worse instrument or getting more/less attention.

    3. All the topics you want information on have been covered in depth on these boards. The search function is very helpful and since all your questions are about pickups, the pickups forum would be a good place to start.

    4. Since I'm a nice guy and need to make up for tone of this post I will help you out this time:


    Piezo blend:

    Welcome to Talkbass.
  3. did your day improve?
  4. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    yeah, I went to sleep right after that, it doesn't get much better than sleep. :smug:
  5. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    No kidding. I have a ferret, and that thing sleeps like, 19 hours a day. I really wish I could do that.
  6. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Gah, 17 year olds like him make me look bad :p.

    Honestly though, if you're building your first bass. You don't need a preamp, piezo, series/paralell, or any of that crap. All that stuff is pointless if the bass isn't built well. Just put in some passives and focus on building the bass.
  7. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    My thoughts exactly. Getting a passive vol/vol/tone that works and is dead quiet will be more than enough challenge for your first bass. All that other stuff would be easy to add down the road if you decide the bass is everything you want it to be. This route will be alot easier on your pocket book too.
  8. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
  9. Cerb

    Cerb Guest

    Sep 27, 2004
    17 year olds like him make 15 year olds like myself seem even worse. :-\
  10. Techmonkey

    Techmonkey Guest

    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    Haha, I'm 14, but 15 on the 19th of this month (Hello Hartke 3500!) does that still count? :smug:

    I've glued the beautiful claro walnut body blank Larry sent me together, and started work on the templates... I'm testing the first version of the control cavity template on Tuesday actually, should be fun!

    Anyway, yeah, I'm just using a couple of Kent Armstrong soapbars... I'm familiar with guitar/bass wiring, so I think I might coil tap them, but definitely nothing active, at least not until it's all working.
  11. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen Guest

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    gah, what's with this! I turned 15, and my parents won't let me build a bass, but there are other 15 year olds doing it!

    not fair...I want to build one...