Jackson Professional Bass Kip Winger model

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xvertirx, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. OK so I feel lame but... I have a Jackson Professional bass and it's the Kip Winger model.I bought it 12 years ago. LOL I swear! When I bought it, I bought it for the looks and didn't even bother to check if it was a good bass or not. It actually looks cool and has an ebony fretboard and the sound is okay as far as I can tell, but I'm not well trained to tell how good a bass sounds.Does anyone know anything about these basses? I'm looking to buy a new bass because I really don't like the width of the neck on this bass.

    Also, Can someone tell me how to lower the action? I know I can take it to a shop and have them do it but, I want to try it on my own. Any suggestions?
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I've heard those sound best when they aren't plugged in. Or when you have them around your neck but use both hands to cradle the mic while you sing.
  3. Yeah, I never did care for ol' Kip and was LOL at the above put-down. Methinks our question-asker would be happy with a Jazz bass-type of neck width, and such can be found on a variety of instruments. If you've been playing for a dozen years then you gotta be near 30, and hopefully in a financial position to buy a real bass, like a Warwick, of course. Other thin necks: Ibanez (famous for it) Music Man Sterling, G&L's JB-2 (a J-bass update) and most of the Peavy line. This is by no means the end of the list, but a good start.
  4. P.S. You live in the Bay area, so I would be remiss if I failed to mention your local high-end builders, Modulus, Alembic and Zon. As for adjusting the action, go to Bass Player mag's website and look in the archives for the article on the topic.
  5. Jeff Doe

    Jeff Doe Guest

    Jan 11, 2003
    Sorry to use my first post in this manner, but this thread kind of got to me. I own a Jackson Futura-the Kip Winger Model (Australian lacewood, neck thru w/ alembic activator pickups). I'm dang proud of it! It's the only bass I own, as well. this is one of the best playing and sounding basses I have ever heard. I bought it second hand 10 years ago and have never wanted another bass. I have been playing bass 20 years and have played all the high-end basses you can name. I would like to ask if we could drop the "mystique", if you will, of a bass because the person endorsing it isn't our favorite. I don't think we would blast Fender because Sid Visious hung a P-Bass around his neck! Would we ridicule Ibanez for Fieldy? How about the almighty Warwick for the Nu-Metal de-tuned 3 note wonders currently on thier endorsee list? I feel the Futura is a highly under-rated bass. Thanks for the chance to state my opinion,

    Jeff Doe
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I also owned a Red Jackson Kip Winger with Auissw Lacewood. It hadJackson pick ups & actice preamp. The bass actually played really nice but sounded like poo. I should of held on to it & swaped out the pickups & electronics but I traded it for somthing that I don't own anylonger. LOL

    P.S. The neck width on it was more like a J bass. If xvertirx is uncomfortable with that neck, he might wanna go after something with a wider neck.
  7. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Hey Nino, is there any Bass you havent owned??:D
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yeah, but not many!!!! <img src="http://www.basslinks.nl/xmb/images/smilies/lol.gif">
  9. Any of you guys owning a Jackson Futura(Kip Winger) wanna sell one?
  10. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    I use to own one of them for many years but sold it last summer to help pay for my Warwick Thumb 4 NT and I wish I still had it. This was the best feeling 4-string bass I have ever played and I did love the sound of it. Matter of fact, I am thinking of getting another bass made in Austrailian Lacewood because it was very lightweight and for the tone. It also had a shorter scale which I beleive was 32", someone can correct me if it is not. The neck width was like a Jazz but I thought it was a little flatter. Yeah I got a lot of crap from people because it was a Kip Winger model, but I wish I still had it.

  11. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
  12. s w

    s w

    Apr 22, 2014

    way to be influenced in your opinion by a cartoon....I'm so sick of people saying that crap because he didn't play every note in a music video....yah those are real, right? Anybody whose seen Winger live knows Kip is awesome and the other guys in the band rock too.

    Read some album credits sometime and you will learn something. Kip has been the goto bass player for many a rock album that needed laying down bass tracks, and I'm sure Alice Cooper is not in the habit of hiring bass men that can't play. Kip played bass long before winger and has some great stuff on twelve string too. You don't know what you're missing, Winger has a new album out and it is awesome.
  13. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Those guys (winger) live on the edge...yeah, of wus cliff
  14. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    You dug up a ten year old thread to defend Kip Winger?

    Are you a relative of his?

    ....is your name Kip?
    embellisher likes this.
  15. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    At least we know the achieves weren't effected by the remodel of the forum.

    Many people don't play on videos. There are a surprising number that don't play live, either.

    Just saying….
  16. I had no idea what a Kip Winger bass looked like, so I googled it. I quite like the look on it! And the sound isn't anything that can't be changed with new pick-ups and pre-amp. ^_^
  17. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Wow, holy zombie thread...

    However, Kip gets a lot of crap, but honestly, it's not fair. I see a lot of praise for players that are not nearly as able as he, plus he actually has a classical pedigree and has studied composition at a few universities. I guess it's hard to live down the 80's and "Seventeen", lol.
  18. s w

    s w

    Apr 22, 2014

    lol, no I'm not kip just googling and searching for more info on that bass, and stumbled on that while feelin the love for their new album...I think Pull is still my favorite haven't decided. Better days just came out today, and I just found out about their last one called Karma, which is also awesome. just wanted to share, give it a try
  19. Hondo83


    Oct 1, 2010
    Agree with some of Kip's supporters. He got a bad rap from his hair-metal days, but he's a very accomplished composer and musician – Juilliard-trained, no less – and he recently composed a symphonic piece for the San Francisco ballet entitled "Ghosts":


    Most of you won't change your opinion of him based solely on this thread, I know, but maybe some of you will realize there's more than meets the eye when it comes to this guy.

    And yeah, when it comes to hair-metal, my own admitted late-80's "comfort food" musically speaking, the guy can still bring it. "Karma" was a great album (if you like that sort of thing) and his new album, "Better Days," which just came out today, is pretty good too. Also, if you're interested, check out "Down Incognito," an acoustic album of some of his older songs, which I think is a pretty good indicator of his songcrafting ability.


    (And no, in case you are wondering, I'm not Kip Winger!)

    - Hondo83
  20. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Isn't he also a trained ballet dancer? Seriously. I think he is.