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If you could have any bass made.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zon Bass, Feb 25, 2002.

  1. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    What would you pick for the body wood, front and back laminates, scale length, fretless or not, # of strings, and pickup style


    Koa body and top, burl maple back, 36 inch scale 6 string fretless, with ebony fretboard, purple heart neck laminates, and some Series II electronics with a roland midi pickup and piezo

    All by the wonderful people at Alembic

    Oooooooo pretty...
  2. Prague77


    Aug 20, 2001
    Waco, TX
    its being made already....

    4 string

    Neck: multi laminate 5 piece construction: maple wenge maple wenge, maple.
    Purpleheart fret board, 34" scale length, standard markers
    type 2 Headstock with spalted front
    standard black tuners
    HipShot Bass Extender on the E string.

    spalted maple wood for the top
    mahogany back
    black hardware,
    HipShot Bridge, string through body.
    Neutrik locking input,
    Dunlop strap lock system.

    1 Seymour Duncan MusicMan pickup at the bridge position with a coil tap
    Seymour duncan J at the neck at a 20 degree angle.
    Aguilar obp-1 preamp
  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Custom Dingwall Voodoo Bass.
    -7-String (37.75" F#, 37" B, etc.)
    -28 Frets on D,G,C strings, 24 on rest
    -7-piece Maple/Purpleheart thru-neck
    -Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
    -Mahogany body wings with full width burled walnut top
    -Matching Headstock
    -Custom Bartolini Soapbars
    -18 volt Bartolini 3 band preamp
    -Piezo bridge with midi control
    -burled walnut pickup covers and control knobs

    ...but it will never happen.

  4. *5 string
    *Ash Body
    *String through bridge
    *24 frets
    *P/J pickup setup
    *carrot orange semi-transparent laminate, non-matching headstock
    *red pearloid pickguard
    *standard butterfly tuning machines
    *Maple Neck
    *rosewood fretboard
    *gold knobs
    *pan control

    ahhhhh..... if only I had some money. although, I'm a musician, and the paths of unknown musicians and $$$ don't cross too often it seems.
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    man, i've asked myself that same question 7 different times already :)

    ...and answered it too :D
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND

    Well, gee, why not post some pics of them then? We haven't seen them for a couple of days.:p :D ;)
  7. Intrepid


    Oct 15, 2001
    Mahogany body and back
    probably thin slice of ebony to give it elegance somewhere in there
    quilt maple top
    ebony fingerboard
    maple neck with probably purpleheart and mahogany going through it....
    neck-through, 6-strings, MM+J(soupbars)
    36" scale
    very narrow string spacing, frets
    all chrome hardware.....
    gloss finish....guess thats it
    Basically a Keith Horn Signature...I have no imagination...I know
    Not to sure of what type of electronics to put in it...
  8. I would have the folks at the Fender Custom Shop build me a Jazz bass.


    o Swamp ash body
    o Flame maple top
    o Birdseye maple neck
    o Fretless rosewood fingerboard with subtle "fret" lines
    o Brass nut
    o Vintage style tuning machines with a D-tuner on the E string's tuning machine
    o Badass(tm) bridge
    o Vintage Jazz bridge pickup
    o Combination Jazz/Precision neck pickup

    Aesthetically (sp?) I'd like chrome or plain nickel hardware, a tortise shell pickguard and although I love the violin amber finish you see on some PRS guitars I think I would have to go with a deep 3-color sunburst. I just cannot picture the violin amber finish looking as good as I'd like.

    By "subtle fret lines" I was thinking about something that is just slightly lighter than the fingerboard's rosewood so that they do not stand out.

    The only thing I'm not really sure about is whether to coat the fingerboard with an epoxy or other type of coating or keep it natural. I haven't played a lot of fretless basses to have a preference.

    As for the combo neck pickup, I was thinking of a pickup that has two segments that looks like a Jazz pickup with a small pair of coils that could work with a push-pull pot to get Jazz or Precision tones. I'm not sure if such a thing is possible since no one has done it so far.

    A preamp? I would have to look into that since I would like something that could do some simple sound shaping and not be intrusive on the bass' natural tone.

    It's traditional with a couple of twists.
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    why, that's a smashing idea!!! i need to get some new pics, and soon! :D
  10. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    Hemel Hempstead, UK
    Focusrite / Novation
    SEI Jazz model

    34" Scale
    5 String
    1 Piece Maple bolt-on Neck
    Figured Maple Fingerboard
    22 Frets
    Carbon Fibre Reinforcment

    Swamp Ash Body
    American Walnut facing

    Violet LEDS
    Bartolini 9J and MM5 Pickups (w/ coil tapping)
    Bartolini 2 Band EQ, active/passive
    Black Hipshot Ultra Lite Tuners
    Black ABM Hardware
    Jim Dunlop Straplocks


    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I'll have to go with a Warrior with...

    -6 string
    -well figured Signiture Quilt Babinga top
    -Antique Mahogany body(150 years old)
    -vintage Black Walnut neck thru with Purple Heart strip running down the center.
    -Gaboon Ebony fingerboard w. 24 frets and a sword inlay on the 12th fret
    -All Gold hardware
    -custom Bartolini soapbars with 18volt Bartolini
    -clear coated translucent body, with hand oiled neck

    That about sums it up! With a Warrior custom hard shell case of course! I just might be getting something similar in...2 weeks!!!:D
  12. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, there's no way I could live with A custom bass. I'd need at LEAST 2, if not more. A fretted and Fretless 4, 5, and 6 string basses, with all sorts of electronics, woods and options. Basically, I Think to truely satisfy what I want, I'd need 7 or 8 basses made.
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    that's what you say now, but when you actually get 7 or 8 custom basses, you'll think "just 4 or 5 more, and i got this thing licked"

    trust me :D
  14. Pea-NUT


    Jul 1, 2001
    Jerseyville, IL
    If i could have a custom bass....i would have to have to have a 4...a 5.....a 4 fretless....and a 5 fretless, cant just have one.

    I dont know what i would want, im gonna think about and maybe post later, if i ever make up my mind.
  15. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    The "all in one":

    7 strings, tuned CGDAEBD (that's mostly fifths, from C above low B up to D below guitar high E). 34" scale. With a swing-down capo at the 5th fret to make it FCGDAEG and roughly guitar-scale length (like the original NS/Stick prototype).

    As-yet uninvented support system so that it can be swung between a high, horizontal, picked "guitar" position and a nearly vertical "tapping" position - like a Warr guitar but with the horizontal position higher. This will involve some rotating and some sliding.

    With, of course, a stop in between at "bass" position proper for plucking with the right hand. Also it would be great if the string spacing at the bridge went from narrow (in guitar position) to wide in bass position, back to narrow for tapping. The fingerboard would be a bit wider on the bass side to accommodate the "bass" setting. Oh, and the string height would go from "low" to "medium" to "really low", respectively. In the "tapping" position string mutes would raise up behind the first fret.

    It should, of course, be able change very rapidly with a simple, gentle pressure from the player. :D

    Insta-fretless wouldn't hurt either. :)

    Once someone gets this far, we'll talk about woods and electronics. :p
  16. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    This thread sounds familiar.... ;)

    Fretless 4's:
    Body: Mahagony core, book-matched spalted maple top, and maple back

    Neck: Hard rock maple, unlined fretless ebony fretboard, 24 "frets"

    Pickups: Bass 1) MM & J
    Bass 2) soapbar & piezo

    Electronics: 18v; Volume, Blend, High, High-Mid, Low-Mid, Low

    34" Scale

    -De-tuners on all keys
    -20mm string spacing
    -String stock with flatwounds
    - .045 - .10 String gauges
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I gave a specific answer in that other thread. Here, I'll run down my preferred criteria for selecting a bass guitar:

    Technical specs:
    *BEADG five string, fretted
    *35" scale (36", maybe?)
    *Might as well go for active: treble, bass, maybe sweep/switchable mid
    *Long upper horn for balance: let's make it Carl Thompson style just for fun!
    *Nut width at least 1-7/8"
    *3/4" string spacing at bridge
    *Just one pickup is fine: in fact I'll order one with a P-bass split pup, and another with a MusicMan style bucker (each in the correct location)
    *Either Gotoh tuners (as on Modulus Quantum) or Hipshot Ultralights (as on MTD 535)
    *Any quick-release bridge with 3/4" spacing... perhaps a nice bridge/tailpiece combo.

    *I'd love me a burl chestnut top! Matching HS, too.
    *An ebony board would look good with that.
    *No top dots, but side LED's would be very cool.
    *Neck wood: not picky... flamed maple will do fine. Maybe purpleheart down the middle.
    *Body wood: something neutral in color, so it won't clash with the blue chestnut. Let's say swamp ash for the growl.
    *I've always preferred chrome hardware, but black might look better on this bass
  18. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    this 5 string :
    NECK hard rock maple + purple heart. bolt on
    FINGERBOARD ebony 16" rad
    NO. OF FRETS 24
    SCALE LENGTH 34" (864 mm)
    HARDWARE Chrome or black (gold option)
    MACHINE HEADS schaller mini
    BRIDGE schaller bridge
    PICKUPS 2 PKV handmade splittable double coil
    ELECTRONICS bartolini bypassable with 3 band eq and 3 position mid controls
    CONTROLS master Volume,
    Master Tone passive mode
    bass and high concentric knob
    act/pass switch
    coil splitter
    3 position mid freq.
    COLORS natural

    and this 4 string jazz:

  19. bass2020


    Aug 27, 2000
    Memphis, TN
    Warwick Dolphin
    Swirly Bubinga Top
    Ash Back
    Wenge Neck and Fretboard
    LED fretmarkers
    5 string
    Black Hardware
  20. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX


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