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If you became well-know enough to have your own signature model, what would it be?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kencat1, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. kencat1


    Feb 3, 2013
    In as much detail as possible. Any brand you want, seeing as I know relatively little about basses and am a generally bad bassist, I can't go into too much detail, but here's mine:

    Fender Jazz bass
    24 Frets
    Mahogany body, painted black, with a black pickguard
    SD Basslines
    Black hardware, including tuners
    Flamed maple neck + Fretboard with black inlays
    Khaler bass trem
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  2. I'll play,

    Mine would most likely be:

    Fender Jazz Bass
    21 frets
    Alder Body, nitro finish in either black or sunburst with tortoise guard, worn in...not flashy
    Lollar pickups
    Aged chrome hardware
    Quartersawn maple neck with either maple block n bound, or rosewood w/dots. Nitro finish also worn in.

    In other words it would either be my current fender jazz or my Nash 63' jazz....combined
  3. awesomesawyer


    Aug 27, 2012
    Ritter Cora
    rosewood 34 inch 24 frets
    lightweight alder
    carrara white finish
    bolt on
    4 strings
    maple neck
    gold hardware
  4. Mine would be a Fender P weighing in around 11lbs with the fattest maple neck Fender could muster. Early 70s big TV logo on the headstock. Colors would be Daphne blue and/or anything in huge metal flake. Bridge cover only and finish off everything with a real heavy relic. Pretty much a "looks only" bass that would be too heavy for anyone else except me and I could just have them all :D
  5. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    Warwick streamer cv, gold finish, silver pickguard, 5 strings tune e-c, chrome hardware, maple neck and Birdseye maple fretboard with satin finish, block pearloid inlay, matching headstock, nordstrand big singles, volume volume tone two band eq, pull.up tone for passive bypass.
  6. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Fantasy bass time, eh?

    Fanned fretboard w/ zero fret
    Carbon-graphite neck
    Figured Mahogany body, clear satin finish
    Ceramic MM pickup in std MM position
    Barto soapbar humbucker between MM and bridge
    Piezo loaded, brass, Dingwall style bridge (black)
    Barto BTMB 18v pre w/ bypassable option and pu/piezo balances
    Hipshot lite machines w/ D-tuner
    String tree bar just behind nut

    ...And a glass of Piraat. Thanks.
  7. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
    Mahogany Jackson Concert-like body
    Bolt on Kramer Disciple neck (maple/maple)
    Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound P/J
    White with black stripes/red pinstriping
    4 string, 45-105 Rotosound rounds (E-G)
    Black Schaller M4s
    Black Hipshot A bridge
    Black Fender strap locks
    Unfinished neck, thin poly on the body.
  8. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    This could be fun...

    Jazz bass style four string fretless
    Swamp ash body with tung oil finish rear rout
    Maple neck with ebony board no lines 24 fret cantilever extension
    No guard.
    Passive Lindy Fralins
    Hipshot a syle FM2 string through
    Non-fender style headstock

    No I have not been thinking about this...
  9. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    MIA Fender P.

    4 strings
    Olympic white
    Black pickguard
    Maple neck and fretboard
    Modern C neck
    Black dot inlays
    High mass bridge
    Chrome hardware
    Hipshot tuners
    SPB-2 pickup
    Dunlop strap locks
    Elixir nanoweb strings 45-105
  10. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey

    The starting point would be a Fender American Standard Jazz Bass 5 string. The differences?
    -Swamp Ash body (selected for light weight)
    -Contoured heel with 5 bolt neck joint (ala American Deluxe basses, circa 2007)
    -Quartersawn maple neck (vintage tint finish, relic'd back of neck)
    -Rosewood fingerboard (dot inlays)
    -Hipshot ultralite tuners
    -Fender high-mass vintage bridge with string through body option
    -Passive pickups wound with higher resistance by Fender's Abigail Ybarra with V/V/T configuration
    -Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    -Color options: black (with red tort guard), sherwood green (with w/b/w guard), 3 tone sunburst (with red tort guard)
  11. ZachariahLee


    Feb 3, 2013
    Fender Jazz Body (Mahagony, Flame Maple Top, 3 tone sunburst with painted black sides and back)
    Joe Barten pickups
    Bad Ass Bridge
    Fender P-neck (Maple neck, Ebony Fretboard, Jumbo stainless 1-12/Med-Jumbo 13-20 frets, matching headstock paint scheme, with USA Deluxe style tuners, dots are fine, satin black paint on back of neck)
    Chrome hardware
    Black pickguard
    Fender parts bridge and neck pickup covers
    Fender parts strap locks (the ones that look like volume knobs on an amp)
    Strings (Blue Steels)

    Sexy, full-toned, and no skinny neck!
  12. I'll play.

    Mike Lull M5, honeyburst on quilt maple top. The only differences from a standard M5 would be Bartolini CB pickups instead of the stock Seymour Duncan single coils, and there would be no onboard EQ controls, just a master volume and pickup blend. Oh, and the headstock would be finished to match the top.
  13. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    This, but with a P pickup (hidden under a big rectangular or maybe even oval housing just for looks), one volume knob, an extra strap button and side dots on the left-handed side.


    Available in Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry finishes, all with matching headstocks!
  14. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Gibson EB-1 5!!!! 5 string version of their first electric bass with a hollow chamber under a REAL F hole that's not painted on, and a mud bucker that was wound to original spec but wide enough for a 17.5 5er!

    Knowing how much Gibson charges these days, no one would be able to afford it!
  15. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Mine would probably be like The Homer to everyone else:

    but this is the general idea on lots of other basses. The neck being too wide (for me) aggravates this even on basses that do balance well, like my Carvin Bunny 4. It's close but, as I"ve recently discovered, not quite there.

    The other problem is usually a misplaced bridge PU (too close to the bridge usually) with a flat face. This leads to uneven volumes for the strings, and an inconsistent surface to pluck over. Closer to the bridge than about 2.5" is too tight on the strings and gives a very nasally tone.

    There are loads of basses out there that get 95% of the way there for me, but are always missing the one or two little things I really need to complete it:

    - a very thin neck up at the nut (Jazz bass dimensions at least), also thin front-to-back. I wouldn't care if another material than wood would be required to build such a small neck and still have it be stable. Full composite would be fine, as long as it's a little pencil at the nut.
    - something configured so that it doesn't launch the neck way way out to the left, especially when on the strap. That would mean a lower cutaway further towards the headstock than most basses and a longer upper horn (past the 12th fret, possibly as far as the 11th or even the 10th).
    - the bridge PU has to be in a very specific position, about 2.5" to 3" away from the saddles.
    - the PU needs to be radiused, since I use the bridge PU as a ramp; also the volume of the strings needs to be even.
    - it has to be wide like a G&L MFD or MM humbucker.
    - unlined FL would be standard, lined FL and fretted would be no-cost options.
    - I'd mildly prefer neck-through construction, but it wouldn't be a requirement.

    Basically, this more or less describes a G&L L1500 with a #8 unlined neck, but with a slightly longer upper horn and the whole thing made out of a hunk of maple. The PU would need to be radiused somehow, but I'd be ok with just a radiused face as long as the string output is even so I don't have to use compression or limiting to even out the string volumes.

    My L2K right now is the closest to this I have at this point. It only lacks the radiused pickup faces and the upper horn is about 1" or so too short.

    But like I said, I doubt anyone would manufacture this, especially not G&L and probably not even Carvin. I'd have to have my instruments basically custom made if I were actually gigging.... I currently can get away with my L2K because I don't play enough to justify my Homer Bass, but if I were pounding it out on a daily basis, I'd need The Homer....

  16. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid

    Precision body shape, slightly modified with deeper cutaway for upper fret access.

    Maple fretboard. Maple neck w/ graphite stiffening rods.

    Swamp ash body, chambered for weight reduction.

    24 frets. Fiber optic markers on side. Fiber optic "Rip" design on either 12th or somewhere in the upper region of the fretboard.

    Now for the fun stuff.

    ALL passive. Model One humbucker at neck position, P-bass pickup in normal spot, J pickup at bridge. All pickup with equal volume (hey, I'm dreaming here, right??)

    All this, under 6 pounds. And since its my signature model and is gonna be sold to the public, lets make the price $499 so everyone can afford it, but keep the construction in the US. That's right, an MIA bass for $500!!
  17. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Fender Precision Bass (PJ routes)
    Trans Black Swamp Ash Body, Nitro
    Maple/Maple Neck Precision Width Nut, Pearloid Blocks, White Binding, Tinted Nitro Finish
    BWB Pickguard
    Dimarzio Model P and J, creme
    250K, No Load Tone Pot, .1mf Cap
    Flat Top Chrome Knobs
    High Mass Bridge
    Chrome Bridge Cover

  18. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    American Deluxe Precision bass maple neck/fingerboard with 21 frets and only dots
    On mentioned American Deluxe Jazz bass and electronics I'll swap dual former American series splitcoil: one per each Jazz single pickup
    (same three band equalizer with on/off switch)
    Hipshot BT8 bass extender (Fender "ultralite") and Fender flatwound strings, possibly in the fattest available gauge (I don't mind rigidity: I play a full step downtuned D, G, C, F and, with detuner on C, G, C, F)

    That's it

  19. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    A Torzal Twist precision bass for me :)
  20. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Ibanez SoundGear

    6 strings
    Single cut design
    Swamp Ash body with 5A flamed maple top
    5 pcs Maple / Purple Heart wood / Wenge / Purple Heart wood / Maple neck
    2 titanium truss rods
    Bolt on
    Rosewood fretboard
    26 medium frets
    34 inch scale
    Abalone jazz block inlay
    Brass nut
    Nordstrand Dual Coil pickups (parallel)
    Custom placement of the pickups
    Nordstrand 3B-5a preamp
    Gotoh tuners
    Hipshot detuner for the Low B string
    Monorail IV bridge
    16.5 mm string spacing
    Hardware colour : gold
    Neutrik® locking jack
    Dunlop straplocks
    Body painted in Dragon Burst (sometimes called Caribbean Burst)
    Matched headstock
    Oil finish for the neck
    Pyramid stainless steel strings - X-heavy 6 (.030 - .140)