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What is the most customizable bass guitar on the market?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slurfious, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Slurfious


    Feb 26, 2014
    The s10 of bass guitars.
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Probably a Jazz bass.
  3. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    S10 ? Like my old '86 pickup?
  4. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey

    There are SO MANY aftermarket parts that have been made for Fender Jazz basses that it's mind-blowing. Between tuners, bridges, pickguards, onboard preamps and pickups there are an amazing number of options out there.
  5. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    The Dean Edge could be modded into a really good bass.
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Jazz Bass without a doubt. The AK47 of basses, disassembled and brought back together within minutes, with hundreds of variations available for each part.
  7. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    I was gonna say Michael Dolan instruments, but are we speaking of aftermarket parts? Yeah, probably a Jazz.
  8. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Thomasville, GA
    If you go with a Kudela you pick the wood, electronics all made from scratch so the possiblities are limitless. www.kudelabasses.com
  9. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX

    I'm assuming you want a bass to mess around with, swapping out parts, etc. Jazz Bass. Almost all Fender (MIA, MIM, MIJ, Indo, China), Squire, SX, Warmoth, etc Jazz Bass parts are interchangeable. Hundreds of aftermarket parts. The Harley of the bass world.
  10. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    An exception would be basses from the discontinued Squier Standard line. I've owned/traded/sold almost half-a-dozen and I've learned the hard way that they strayed from the common Fender "footprint" to make modding and upgrading them a royal pain. It's not that they were way, waaaaaay off, but just enough to have aggravating little roadblocks pop up where you least expect it. :mad:
  11. Slurfious


    Feb 26, 2014
    So that would be my best choice for making a totally unique bass? I want to make my own sound.
  12. There's also an exception in the mid 90's MIM Jazz basses, since the pickup cavities were the same size and all aftermarket pickups have a slightly wider bridge pup.
  13. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    Not being a troll, but IMO, a jazz will always sound like a jazz, no matter what you do to it. Unless you put in p pickups or a mudbucker or something. But then again, you could do pretty much anything to any bass with enough work.

    If you want to create a bass all your own, Warmoth or Carvin would be two options to look toward.
  14. Careful. The SX is not compatible with standard Fender specs in a couple of areas.
  15. Apolicious


    Jan 16, 2014
    Seriously! And it's not just the standard line, all kinds of Squiers have these weird little quirks that seem intentionally designed to get in the way. My favorite trick of theirs is moving one the screws on the pickguard like 1/8" away from Fender models. Practically identical when you eyeball it, but very frustrating once you try to slap one on. "Almost perfect, but not quite."
  16. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    The mod options for a J bass are the most varied, but it will still have the same basic character of a J bass. My advice would be to approach it the other way around. Find the bass that come the closest to the sound you want, and then massage it to your ideal sound.