If you built a bass for a celebrity...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    Say some famous bass player (pick one) wanted a new bass, they contacted you and told you to surprise them. Based on the gear they've used in the past and the tone they like, what would you build them??
  2. Les Claypool just called me for a new bass... i'm thinking to build him a six string, fretted, slightly fanned 32" to 30", probably tuned EADGCF, 24 frets for the low strings, 26/27 for the high, an EMG P at the neck and a 45DC at the bridge, no preamp. The only dubt is about the whammy... Walnut body core, padauk layers and ebony/ziricote top and back, padauk neck with ebony fingerboard. Body style a semi-singlecut, something quite weird.
  3. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars

    If he were alive, I'd build one of these for John Entwistle (or Pino when he plays with the Who):


  4. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Geddy Lee called, so I built him a Rickenbacker doubleneck that weighs 45 lbs.

    Boy is he pissed.
  5. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    If Adam Clayton called, I'd make him a good looking cardboard cutout.
  6. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    Some old guy (he kept wanting me to call him "Sir") with jet-black shoe polish in his hair wanted a yellow MM Sub. This was the best I could do.

  7. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I would make this.
  8. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    One of these for Pete Wentz to match the rest of the s**t he plays...

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  9. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    If Wolfgang Van Halen gave me 5 grand to find a surprise bass for the new Van Halen album, I'd go get him an Alembic Epic.
  10. Flea called. Needs a bass for the next Super Bowl halftime. I sent him a Modulus Clone but I just realized I forgot to connect the input jack. Shouldn't matter…

  11. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    That was pretty good! :D
  12. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    If some decrepit fossil, a whiny farm boy and a bossy, holographic princess called me to find the location of the hidden Rebel Bass…

    Rebel Bass.
  13. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Willie Dixon called, and I said: "Willie, you've been dead since 1992. You don't need a bass. Didn't you switch to harp then?" He said: "No man. They didn't give me no harp, and I need that bass to be fireproof, OK?"
  14. DaanW


    Oct 21, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Something like that actually happened to me last June:
    Built this

  15. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I would build Geddy Lee something shaped like a jazz bass but made of flame maple, stain the body black, a snakewood fingerboard (for extreme brightness), Tele bass humbuckers (one in the Pbass sweet spot, the other right against the bridge saddles), and 500k Ric-style volume and tone controls.
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would probably use my "The Bastard" body shape, with whatever pickup/electronic package fit with their style of music. For instance Mike Dirnt would get a single P pickup. Flea would get humbucker in the MM position with a preamp. Marcus Miller would get a set of J pickups with a preamp.

    This is the shape, they only come in hot rod finishes. So only solid colors or sparkle, and only black pick guards. Except possibly a tort guard on a white body.
  17. CrashGordon


    Feb 18, 2014
    Atlanta, GA
    Now that's funny. I can just picture his expression as you hand it over to him. :D
  18. For Jaco: I would blow up a 1962 Jazz bass then rebuild it out of the pieces
    For Steve Harris: A photo of his P bass :p
  19. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I LOVE that!!!
  20. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    This is why we need a Like button.
    (It was a picture of a Cap'n Crunch bass.)