The Last Bass I'm Ever Buying (with pics of course)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doctor J, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Well, I've been playing bass about 17 years now, I've played a lot of basses, I've owned a fairly small amount in truth but I've pretty much settled on what I want from a bass and what a bass should do. Firstly, I think Leo Fender produced the definative design when he knocked out the Jazz bass, the one bass I can think of that'll do any kind of music well, it's comfy and just sounds right for every occasion. I do, however, believe technology has moved on in 50 years, especially in electronics, and it would be foolish not to take this into account. So I knew what I was looking for in a bass and I asked Hotwire in Germany to make it for me. I told them I wanted a bass for life, so I wouldn't have to buy another damn bass as long as I live.

    So enough of my rambling, here cometh the pics :D

    Q-Tuner pickups and a Noll TCM3JB preamp (Vol & Blend & Passive Bypass, Bass & Treble cut and boost, Mid cut & boost and passive tone on three concentric knobs, vol is push/pull to engage passive mode).


    The fretboard is fairly mentally figured, which I didn't ask for, I was more into it sounding right than selecting figured woods, but I ain't complaining ;)


    Q-Tuners and Badass 5 bridge. The electronics are very discreet, there aren't a plethora of knobs and switches.


    The 4+1 headstock was custom, they usually do 5 in a row or 3+2, it is also angled back so no need for string trees, also a custom option.


    6 bolt neck instead of 4 with a plate, again a custom request Hotwire were happy to do


    Comfy neck, slim but still feels right in my hand


    Hipshot Ultralight tuners to prevent neck dive.


    There's actually a lot of flame on the neck which the flash is hiding, it's a bit more obvious here and the first photo.


    Gotta dig the low serial numbers :p


    More of the fretboard :)


    So there it is. First impressions? It sounds superb. Even with the preamp bypassed the tone is full and clear, meat but without any mud. It is everything I could have wished for tonally. I think the Q-Tuners would be the ideal pickup for anyone who likes to pop and slap. The bass is heavy, which I like, but not too much of a strain on my back. The neck is comfy, it plays delightfully and it was definitely worth the money (don't ask) and the wait (even though the wait was ****ing horrible :D ).
  2. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    congratulations, mang! that is a beauty!

    it's rare when i see someone's custom bass that i am truly taken aback by how beautiful and cool it looks...(they always seem to be too "furniture" for me)... but i must say i am truly impressed and awed by your pics! beautiful fretboard, beautiful finish, really cool-sounding options! nice!

    thanks for sharing and again, congratulations!


    oh, and if it had been a four-string, i would've probably fallen off my chair here. personal preference, y'know. :)
  3. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Killer looking bass man. Really dig the green.

    But is it really the last?
  4. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    My missus says it is :bag: ;)

    Thanks gents, I'm not overly into the super figured tops and the likes, I just wanted a bass that'd play and sound the way I want and that's what I've got, I think :)
  5. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    big headstock, no string tree... nice design. Looks like a great "last" instrument. but "last"....uhhh.... ok... ;)
  6. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    I really dig the Hotwire line...nice basses.

    I however am also not buying the "last bass" line either...:D
  7. clayton


    Jun 26, 2005
    Wow, that's a nice bass. Love the green color (hopes it isn't blue - daltonic). any clips?
  8. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Placed the order at the end of March. Clips on the way, we're just bonding at the moment :smug:
  9. Nice! Looks great.

    Only thing I would have changed would be having the headstock painted to match the body, but, thats just me.

    *waits for clips*
  10. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Grats, looks like a solidly built bass there :) Can you say more about the preamp's sounds? :)
  11. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    WOW, that's a beauty! Congrats ;) The head stock looks much cleaner with out the tree. But .... your last bass ever? :D
  12. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    I dig the neck joint -- always wondered why more basses weren't 6-bolt
  13. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Mm, sexy fretboard.
  14. how did you manage to get that to dublin?????!!!
    I'M so jealous...

    I thought not one decent custom bass came into this country

  15. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Looks so cool. That green is so stunning.

  16. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    Im buying that as much as im now buying what i said a few months ago when my G&L arrived "ill never sell it! i love this bass"...

    well.. now its for sale to finance a custom bass with the same type of electronics, just a bit more pre amp and eq...
  17. Bill G.

    Bill G.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Baton Rouge
    Wow...that's really nice! I love the fingerboard.
  18. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    is that a knot in the fingerboard???
  19. EddieG


    Jan 19, 2005
    That's what I was going to ask....
  20. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Elegant and simple. I like it. Congrats!
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