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Pimping out an Irish handmade bass (Freya bass) into a warmachine!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sirplabassalot, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. sirplabassalot


    Dec 31, 2012
    Hello bassists of talkbass!
    I was just wondering what would you do to pimp out this hand made Irish bass (details in link bellow). The brand is called freya and they are based in kerry. They are cheap but have a good local reputation. There seems to be room for a small bit of improvement or customizing.


    Here's the bass.

    If you had a chance to try and convert this into your dream bass or a instrument of shear awesomeness what would you do ?
    Would you keep it as it is?

    If not.
    What pick ups would you change to?

    What active circuit would you use?

    What bridge would you use? (maybe a kahler tremelo for the lulz)

    and would you change the pegs?

    And also would there be anything else you would change?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
    (edit: oh yeah plus what do ye actually think of the bass???)

    Kind regards,

  2. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    First, you should play it a while to see what it's capable of and if meets your tonal goals, then address any opinions.
    Not much on their site to know what's 'under the hood', so info as far as body/ neck wood, pickups, eq is not known.
    Just give it a chance as it is, first.
    Looks really nice, from the photos.
  3. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    These aren't really made in Ireland are they?
  4. sirplabassalot


    Dec 31, 2012
    Indeed it is! There are many traditional instrument craftsmen here but few do electric and even fewer do basses.
    I'm afraid playing it would be a difficult task as it is in the remote hills of Kerry. I just wanted to know what would be good parts to use to make it better or even a fantastic sounding bass.

    Oh and here's a pic of the 5 string!


    And thanks a million for the replies :bassist:
  5. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    They're a bespoke design made in China, are they not?

    As others have said, I'd try it first and see what, if anything, needs to be replaced. Why spend money changing something which doesn't need to be changed? By the same token, if you're buying something where you know you're going to need to replace inferior parts, why not just buy something good to start off with?
  6. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I agree with the other posters. Until you play it, who knows where you might find it lacking.

    As for the look-- the natural finish and black hardware looks cool to me.
  7. Awful mismatch of body woods. Surely they could have picked a nicer specimen for the website?!
  8. Mismatched wood kinda reminds me of a Black and Tan , apropos .
  9. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    +1 on the 'Black n Tan'
  10. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    I've never thought of the benefits of Ireland's climate for bass work.

    I'd leave it unmodified if it sounds good, but I bet it would sound great with some passive Bartolini's.
  11. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Made in China. Don't expect an actual handmade instrument.