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If you could will into existence the most perfect bass for you, what would it be like?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lunatique, Feb 13, 2020 at 4:22 PM.

  1. matty1039


    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans
    SG body shape (slightly larger than an EB)
    Neck through with carbon fiber neck
    Perfect balance
    32 inch scale
    Two mini humuckers with coil tapping
    Master volume
    Blend knob
    One tone knob
    Varitone switch
    Detuner on E string
    String through bridge
    7 pounds
  2. City

    City Supporting Member

    It would be a beaten down (real wear, not decorative) 5 stringer, that looked like crap, but sounded like God himself was the luthier.
  3. swink


    Jan 10, 2019
    The same, but the inflatable version with built-in 8x10 that fits in a suitcase.
  4. Those are being used for vibrato :p

    My mileage does vary, I've owned double-locking vibrato guitars, including a 1,000 series Floyd Rose, & I found it a PITA to try to strum it & fine-tune it, which is exactly why I was complaining about it here.
    It's not a dream to have it there for me.

    On a bass it would be even more difficult, the notes don't ring out as long as they would on a guitar, IME.

    Also, if you're holding a pick, it makes it a little more difficult for turning those machine-heads.
  5. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I would just like a pristine '61 or '62 Jazz bass, found in a pawn shop for $100, of course. :)
  6. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Someone already thought it up for me and I own one.
  7. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I want a Precision with 16.5mm string spacing at the bridge.

    I think that's probably it actually. Yes, I've considered acquiring a body specifically routed for a Hipshot A Style bridge (are there others?) with that spacing and swapping my current Precision body for it, but so far the cost/effort has stopped me from making it a reality.

    Is it really worth the ~$500 it'd cost me to pull it off? ...I ask myself around once a day... meh, not today.
  8. 4 strong Korina P bass body, rear routed, no pickguard, satin finish. Roasted Maple neck with a wenge fretboard, unfinished. Novak Bi-Sonic/Darkstar with passive electronics and pull knob to split the coils. Hipshot ultra-lights and a babicz bridge.
  9. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    it would look like these.
  10. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    My dream bass would be my current Muckelroy ss headless, plus:

    - a volume knob to turn the guitarist down

    - a button to fire the drummer
  11. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Mind would be fairly simple: a 26 "fret" short scale fretless that looks, plays, and sounds like a Pedulla Buzz, but weighs around 6.5 pounds, no neck dive, and balances better (upper bout extends to the 12th fret). Hipshot Ultralights including an Extender. Nice flamed maple under a dark purple burst finish.
  12. fjbass78


    Jun 21, 2007
    Any P Bass will do as long as it has a tort guard!
    bassplayer75 likes this.
  13. Lunatique


    Nov 23, 2007
    Lincoln, CA
    It exists. It's the Line 6 Variax 700 bass:
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  14. crabbybassman


    May 5, 2011
    An SG bass with a whammy bar and built in fogger and might as well throw in some LED laser lights too.
    matty1039 likes this.
  15. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics

    It would sound and feel different every time I picked it up. Not what most people want, but there you go.
  16. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    Ha. I've never thought about that. Learn something new every day.
  17. It would definitely be a hybrid.
    I am thinking half Jazz Bass and half ATM machine that dispenses one dollar for every note played.
    I would likely stop gigging but I would practice a lot.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020 at 11:44 AM
  18. bassplayer75

    bassplayer75 Bassplayer75 Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    salyersville, ky
    what he said
  19. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    Yes I did back in 1999.
  20. jdh3000


    May 16, 2016
    OopsI described a fantasy sci fi bass...

    Actually my Fender is perfect, in a perfect room. I'm never satisfied with my sound anywhere I play. Sometimes I'm almost satisfied, but it's a constant chore with various rooms... but it's interesting to try to get it just right.

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