My first handmade bass, tone consultation help needed

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DeWe, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. DeWe


    May 7, 2011

    First things first, I am not crafting the bass, but will have it made to a non busy luthier.

    I like simple jazzy tone of a alder body+maple neck+rosewood fretboard. This MTD for example, really really describes my tonal interests and has the exact specs:

    So my luthier also recommended me an alder body. But he insists on multilamine neck (5 piece, maple+bubinga) while I ask for a single hardmaple neck. We are either doing venge or Indian rosewood board.

    Top+maybe the back will be spalted maple, mytryle wood or walnut. I am yet undecided.

    When it comes to pups and electronics, I really don't have any idea other than Nordstrands. I have very little background of different pickups and I love transparent pups, MTD Bartolinis for example.

    Hope I was able to describe my tone, please feel free to comment.
  2. PawnBass


    Jul 15, 2013
    Try 0.22 uF and logaritmic 500k pot on each pickup.
  3. Body wood doesn't matter. That being said: Why not buy that same model MTD?
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    "a non busy luthier"
    That would worry me.
  5. You apparently have strong opinions of what you want and probably couldn't be convinced otherwise so you may as well insist on exactly how you want the bass built otherwise you won't be happy with the end product. As for "transparent" pickups... if you think MTD Barts fit the bill, then get them.
  6. DeWe


    May 7, 2011
    Sorry, I believe body wood still effect the tone very much. I don't buy the same MTD because it costs over $4000 and my luthier offers his best craftmanship with all the variety of woods for only $1600-1800.

    "a non busy luthier"
    That would worry me.

    Most luthiers put me on waiting line for 6 to 9 months while he delivers in 3.

    Bartoloni wouldn't sell them except MTD company.
  7. DeWe


    May 7, 2011
    Anymore ideas?