Luthier JazzBass - advices plz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kelu, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    Next month I'll ask my local luthier to build me a JazzBass type basse.
    I want it natural wood, w/rosewood.
    Active with a passive switch.
    Can you show me Luthier Jazz u own, I'd like to see differents woods to choose mine.
    Can you advice me good Active/passive pickup preamp system ??
    Thx a lot
  2. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Aguilar OBP-3
    Low End Jazz basses.
  3. This one was built by a luthier in California. Basic ingredients for jazz bass:

    body wood = alder (you can use exotic top if you want)

    neck wood = maple (you can use rosewood layer to darken sound)

    hipshot ultralight hardware

    graphite reinforcement on truss rod

    mint green pickguard

    extra long scale on mine-36" (about 91.44 centimeters)

    passive electronics (Seymour Duncan Basslines).

    Rules: you must use alder or ash on the body and maple on neck. Other things are negotiable.
  4. Here's my Curbow Jazz bass. The neck is the centerpiece -- rockwood, of course. Non-traditional for a J-bass, but, this being my dream axe, it had to have a super-stable neck. I went with swamp ash for the body, and a nice birds-eye maple top. Lindy Fralin pickups, all passive. It's deeper and punchier than most passive Jazz basses I've tried, and the rockwood neck gives the tone a bit of that "modern" quality.

  5. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    "Can you advice me good Active/passive pickup preamp system ??"

    John East in the UK makes the J-Retro, which is a great preamp that has an active/passive switch. There are a number of options: with/without control plate, with/without a passive tone control. His preamps seem to sound good with any pickups. I have used them with Duncans, Fralins, and Bartolinis.

    J-Retro Preamps
  6. Kelu


    Dec 6, 2002
    Lille in France
    wow j-retro are amazing ! :)