Increasing the bottom of my project bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TyKao, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. TyKao


    Jun 29, 2003
    (apologies to the forum mods if this belongs somewhere else)

    After the input I got in the "hot rod or built" thread, I'm starting to plan out a DIY bass project. I want warmth and botton out of my next bass and I haven't been able to try out an active eq that hasn't made the bass sound cold, metallic, or otherwise artificial. (The best ones I could sample were the ones in Musicmans and Fender Deluxe models.)

    I liked the even sound of alder and I love the playability of a maple neck, so I was wondering what I could do to a normal alder j-body/maple p-neck bass to maximize the bottom without using an active eq?

    So far, I guess I could try:
    - Heavier gauge strings
    - Higher mass bridge
    - Humbucking pickups?

    What else can you guys think of?