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Underhyped features you were glad to have.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BusyFingers, May 18, 2017.

  1. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    I had a Fernandes Jazz bass years ago that had that little brass strip from the bridge to the shielding in the bridge pickup cavity. That bass was so quiet!

    What else you got!?
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  2. quick disconnect bridges, like the monorails
    no need to pull your string through there, just mount it & tune up

  3. tlc1976


    Aug 2, 2016
    Multi piece laminated neck with tilt back headstock, laminated horizontally. No worries of a scarf joint giving out over time.
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  4. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Having a guitar on the back.

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  5. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    An output jack.
  6. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    Now that would be really cool if you could play the guitar with your fingers and bass with your thumb on the "back" of the neck. Then keyboards with your toes....
  7. jaybones

    jaybones Banned

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    Don't forget the cymbals between your knees and a Cajon with a foot pedal. Harmonica or kazoo in the mouth and you're a one man band.
  8. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    That gave me the great idea of learning to play the most boring song we have with the bass turned backwards ;)
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  9. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Adjustable nut on Warwicks.
    SeSt, joebar, asands and 10 others like this.
  10. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Not instrument related...but a mute switch on the front of an amp.
  11. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
  12. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    Concentric V/T on on my Warmoth SS PJ. Bridge volume, master tone. Single volume in the usual spot for the P. Standard pickguard. Just makes sense to me.
  13. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I had a Mike Lull M5V with a passive switch that sounded better to me than the pre amp did.
  14. japhy4529

    japhy4529 this is only a test... Supporting Member

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  15. japhy4529

    japhy4529 this is only a test... Supporting Member

    EMG quick release connectors. No soldering required to swap out pickups (to other EMGs of course).
  16. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    A zero fret. Not a game changer, but nice to have and makes sense.
  17. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    Gretsch control schemes (master vol, pickup selector in particular). I much prefer the instantaneous tonal change you get from switching pickups and a master volume is handy for swells if you don't have a volume pedal.
  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    That is a grounding strap. Every single bass has one. If they don't, they get noise issues (or they have active pickups.) The strap is the old method though. In the modern era, there is a hole drilled so you can run a wire discreetly from the bridge.
  19. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    Truss rod adjustment wheel at the heel!

    No noodling around finding the right allen key or worries about stripping it...
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  20. Ophiothrix

    Ophiothrix Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2016
    Hah, this. My main player is a Status Jazz with mono-rails, a zero fret and a 24-fret board, all of which are the kind of little quality-of-life improvements I miss on anything that's more of a standard Fender style instrument.

    24-fret boards are definitely my contribution to the thread. I don't consider myself a high-register fiddly solo player by any means, but I frequently find myself falling off the end of the fretboard on anything with less than the full two octaves.