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Things i DO like in a bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by THIRSTYGUMS, Oct 2, 2005.


  1. 1: high action
    2: old - old - INCREDIBLY OLD strings
    3: dents, dings, scuffs and other indicators that its been around the block
    4: uniqueness (is that a word)
    5: quality (DUH) :ninja:
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Just take my list of stuff I don't like in a bass and reverse it.
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    1. low action
    2. relatively new strings
    3. player wear (from me of course)
    4. fat necks on jazz basses
    5. Hipshot
     
  4. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Happyrock, OR
    birdseye maple
    unpainted headstock
    3+1 or 4+1 tuners
    big elephant ear tuners
    pickguards (except pearloid)
    dark sunbursts (like a little circle of color in the middle)


    and I couldn't wait for this thread... don't know why I didn't think to start it! :)
     
  5. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Stuff that looks plastic (but isn't)
    Pearloid and sparkle stuff
    Huge (goofy might be a better word) headstocks
    Bridge/pup covers
    Rocker switches
     
  6. keb

    keb

    Mar 30, 2004
    Ah, something a little more positive!

    Classic and/or vintage styled basses (Fender, Rickenbacker, etc)
    White pickguards ;)
    Chrome hardware
    Big shiny elephant ear tuners

    Basically, if it was designed in the 50's or 60's (or looks like it was designed in the 50's or 60's), I'm down with it.
     
  7. Active pickups (emgs or barts)
    Low Action
    Gold or Chrome Hardware (not black)
    Gotoh tuners (or gotoh styled)
    A long enough upper horn so that its comfy for me to rest my head against it and listen to the bass as I'm playing without an amp
     
  8. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Bigger bodies
    Wider string spacing (18/19mm)
    Natural finishes
    Active/passive options (bartolini's)
    Flat wounds
    6 string preferred (but 5 or 7 is okay, too)
    35" scale fretless
     
  9. i like a lot of knobs and controls...even if i don't use them, i think a bass with a lot of controls look cool.

    I like natural finish basses too

    and i like 6 string basses!
     
  10. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Australia
    Ash
    Maple
    Headstocks
    Pickups that don't hum or buzz
    Good slap sound
    Good fingerstyle sound
    Comfy neck
    Good looks... very important
     
  11. big evil robot

    big evil robot

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Innovations Music - Retailer
    classic body shape
    no laquer on the neck
    medium action
    slightly broken in steel roundwounds
    nicely balanced
    apparently i'm drawn to black basses
     
  12. toad

    toad

    Jun 26, 2002
    NYC
    - strings
    - pickups
     
  13. Platypibri

    Platypibri Technician, Kaman Music

    Jun 28, 2005
    Riverside, CA
    Medium action, not to high or low.
    Compact tuners
    JJ or PJ style pickup config.
    Mostly Fenders
    Everything about my Takamine 512CFG
    Light enough to not fatigue after 4 sets.
     
  14. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Low action
    4 strings
    player wear, worn in feel
    unpainted, oil finished neck
    birdseye if possible
     
  15. - relatively high action
    - flats
    - removing it from the case and it's still in tune.
    - easy to reach tone contols
    - two comfortable playing positions (at bridge and at start of neck) where your arm can rest naturely.
    - few pointy
    - can be played comfortaby sitting down (Flying V basses might as well be called stand-up basses)
    - well balanced weight.
    - strap locks.
    - simply fret markers or inlays.
     
  16. skewh

    skewh

    Sep 5, 2005
    Ithaca, NY
    A thin neck, new strings, strap locks, active pickups, low action, perfect balance and anything that makes it obviously my own.
     
  17. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    1: low non buzzy action
    2: 5 strings
    3: dents and dings but only mine
    4: beautiful looks and killer tone to match
    5: lots of growl!
     
  18. 24 frets
    straplocks
    gold hardware
    resonance (feel it through the wood when you play)
    active electronics
    4 strings!
    Nice figured woods
    punchy tone

    ...and a big "W" on the headstock...
     
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    - No neck dive
    - non-offset body (P-style as opposed to J-style)
    - position markers: dots or none
    - wide and chunky neck
    - cloverleaf tuners
    - satin finish neck
    - 5 strings
    - frets
    - middle pickup
    - bridge with quick string release feature
    - color (not clearcoat)
     
  20. Phalanx

    Phalanx

    Apr 4, 2005
    I dunno if this is spam or not but why do some people here like high action? :confused: