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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. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

    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 ! :)