What is considered 'hot-rodding' a bass?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by StrudelBass, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    How many part changes do you think it takes to have a bass 'hot-rodded'?
  2. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a........"

    That question is a matter of opinon, what parts are being changed, etc.

    If you change 5 parts like the strap buttons, knobs, etc. to me that's not hot rodded.

    But if you changes the pickups, preamp, neck, etc.

    The major parts I would consider hot rodded.
  3. I agree. I look at it the same way I consider hot rodding with cars.

    If the parts are purely cosmetic, and can be restored in less then 15 minutes (in most cases) you may not have a hot rod. Unless you have done something very original that really effects the overall tone or look of the instrument.
  4. i hope no one takes this as permission to take a bass and cut it's horns off. i've seen some sad amputated basses.........it never looks any good.