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So what makes a bass the body or the neck??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by q1014, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007
    So i was thinking, if for example have a Geddy Lee sig bass take off the neck and put a new neck on its stock body is it still a Geddy Lee or if you put a new body with the stock neck is that still a Geddy Lee?? So what makes the bass the body or the neck
  2. thecapm


    Dec 27, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Neither. The electronics.
  3. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Is there a 'carrots' option here?
  4. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007
    if its necsasary :rollno: :bag: :smug:
  5. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Seeing as the signature is on the back of the headstock - if you replace the neck I'd say it is no longer a Geddy Lee signature more of a Geddy Lee without signature!
  6. what is the concept of carrots
    (sorry, poll newbie question)
  7. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    The TB version of "other than the offered choices". Don't ask why, it just is.

    A bass like that loses its identity when you replace the body OR neck. Only together do they represent the original instrument. If you replace the neck, it's no longer a Geddy (the neck profile is one of the defining characteristics of that bass), it's simply a Jazz bass. If you use a non-Fender neck, you can't even call it a "Fender" Jazz bass any more. (IMO, YMMV)
  8. Green Mind

    Green Mind

    Aug 28, 2007
    BC/AB, Canada
    I never agreed with this. I don't see a p-bass body with jazz pickups being a jazz bass.
  9. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    The answer is: Yes.

    A bass is the sum of its parts.
  10. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    Well, i belive that the neck affects the playability more.
  11. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006
    I wouldn't mind knowing the origin either, and I've been here reading it over and over again for some time now....Or would telling us make you feel less special?
  12. q1014


    Aug 17, 2007
    Ya its weird how we've never questioned carrots its just something we've all accepted
  13. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    The full and true knowledge of the origin of carrots is known only to the TB elders.

    However young grasshopper, a clever and persistent use of the search feature may enable you to acquire elements of that secret knowledge without enduring the rigors of striving for such lofty status.


    On topic: Both the neck and the body.
  14. Searching for 'carrots' is like searching for 'bass' in TB. (But the story shows up near the top of the search results.)
  15. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    Both. End.
  16. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Except that it is a jazz bass. As long as it has a pair of single coils in position, wired VVT it's a jazz bass. I had a Squire 5 string P-Bass Special that was exactly like this. No P-Bass electronics, no P-Bass sound. Exact opposite with the Mark Hoppus bass. It's P-Bass electronics with a jazz body shape, so it makes a P sound.
  17. Mark Hoppus sig. bass also has a P neck, strangely enough...
  18. Chrispurchase


    Oct 24, 2007
    The person playing it...:bag:
  19. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006

    It's the little pixie inside that defines the tone. Only by killing it and replacing it with another one you can change the bass, after the original pixiedust has worn out ofcourse, but everybody knows that.


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