My recent comment in a thread about a Peavey bass got me thinking. What are the absolute MOST CLASSIC STANDARD bass guitar designs. I'm talking the basses that define the instrument or time period. In order to qualify the bass must be Instantly recognizable Copied by others Played by very famous very well known players Define a genre or time period It helps if the manufacturer has made other models which no matter how great or how much of an "improvement" on the original have not managed to stay in production. The list I've come up with so far is the following: Fender split-pickup Precision Bass No brainer, I know. Copied by countless other manufacturers, played by countless players. This is probably the number one most classic standard design ever. Fender Jazz Bass Same as above. Music Man Stingray The pickup design Leo Fender came up with is in use by countless other instruments. The design is classic and eye-catching. Hofner 500/1 The "Beatle Bass". Enough said. Not as often played as the others, but lots of people have something like this in their collection, and there are lots of copies. Rickenbacker 400X models Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Michael Rutherford. Practically a requirement for '70s progressive rock bass players. Spector NS models The Ubiquitous bass of 80s rock, it has been often copied and has been played by many very high profile bassists. I can't think of another bass as massively important as these. Can you? Gibson Thunderbird perhaps?