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Things I don't like in a bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Micolao, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. Micolao


    Sep 7, 2005
    -Gold hardware :meh:
    -Satin neck finish :rolleyes:
    -thin fender bridge :rollno:
    -white pickguard :smug:
    and you?
  2. junerig


    Sep 12, 2005
    Things me no like in bass:

    -More than 5 knobs :eek:
    -Gold hardware :spit:
    -Tacky airbrushed designs (goes for guitars too!) :help:
    -No headstock :rollno:

    That's it for now
  3. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    - Flappy B strings
    - "Sticky" necks
    - Poorly adjustable bridges
    - Pickguards on any sort of nice wood bass
    - Cheap feeling knobs
    - Oversized headstocks
    - Fat necks

    (I could continue, btw, Satin necks rock, gives the fastest neck imo)
  4. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    -Less than 24 frets.
    -White Pickguards.
    -I'm starting to hate gold hardware despite the fact that I own a Schecter Elite-4 with gold hardware.
    -Headstockless designs of ANY kind.
    -Anything with AAAAA woods. What's the point?
    -Fanned-fret (the look of it only).

  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Hey, you're not supposed to be in the bass! :D :D
    I agree with most of the above.
    Gold looks cool on some basses, though, and with some colour combinations. However, I have chrome and soon black hw on my basses.
  6. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    -less than 24 frets
    -cliche pickhuards
    -knobs. most knobs. minus custom wood ones. most knobs, though. you just cant make them look good, imo.
    -flimsy bridges
    -gold hardware (seems not many ppl DO like gold hardware. of course depends on the bass)
    -Paint on non Fender-style bodies.
  7. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    - "photo flame" :spit:

    - price tags over $1000 ;)
  8. -nthing gold hardware
    -tiny little headstocks, like Soundgear basses.
    -flame tops
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    - dead spots
    - twisted / warped necks
    - flakey electronics
    - Hum or Buzz
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    More than 21 frets
    Gold hardware
    necks finished like grapevines
    big louisville slugger shaped necks
    buckeye burl
    any accessory whose name begins with "phat"
  11. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    flimsy bridge
    tiny headstocks
    more than 5 strings IMO
    cheap plastic knobs
  12. jake_tim


    Jun 28, 2005
    North Carolina
    -price tags on basses,
    -white pickgaurds
    -more than 22 frets, even though i liek the new fender jazz 24 ;)
    -8 bagillion knobs and switches on a bass
    -non-painted or non-headstock basses,
    - more than 4 strings, dont take it personally though. im just a 4 string kinda guy.
    -pickgaurds on an awsome wood bass, just ruins it. :bawl:

    thats all for now

  13. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    Ill have to add to this uneven wood textures (like if all of the bass has a nice flame except for one spot).

    I completely forgot about sound, though. I think a lot of people here have. Tis most important. I dont like flimsy sounds. Probably one of my favorite things is a J in the neck position. Not a big fan of playing/having pickups close to the bridge.
  14. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    -Flimsy hardware
    -Cheesy skull/dice knobs
    -More than 5 knobs and a switch
    -Non-countersunk plastic electronics cavity covers
    -Bulky bolt-on back plates
    they're probably more. This'll satisfy my need to complain for a today.
  15. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    -Fender body styles
    -necks that can't achive good balanced action
    -dead spots
    -Batteries that die all the time
  16. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    - "Carvin" on the headstock
    - uncontrollably bright sound
    - overly sticky necks
    - floppy B
    - pretzel necks (see the first item in this post)
  17. Micolao


    Sep 7, 2005
    thanks to your suggestion I have to add:
    -more than 5 knobs and a pair of switches
    -high action- :meh:
    -wavy necks
    -buzz :mad:
    -too high prices :spit:
    -all the basses I can't buy :p

    maybe this post will be helpful for some luthiers :smug:
  18. chris h

    chris h Guest

    Jun 16, 2002
    Oxford, England
    Pretzel neck?
  19. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    Great to see so many other gold hardware and white pickguard haters!!! The only exception I can think of is the black Epi Explorer.

    I'll add...

    - transparent black finishes (they always look purple or brown)
    - quilted or birdseye maple, any kind of burl (looks like someone vomited on the bass!)
    - 2+2 headstocks
    - EMGs, and their passives are even worse
    - Bartolinis
  20. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    -Unrounded body edges
    -Fender-style heel blocks
    -Even the slightest bit of neck dive
    -Almost anything that's supposed to look "metal"
    -Single coil pickups...usually (recently played some Nordstrand Super Singles that really impressed me)

    Sound is a whole other issue, and one that you can usually make pretty radical changes in just by switching pickups or preamps. I just listed the unalterable construction components.