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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slurfious, Feb 26, 2014.
The s10 of bass guitars.
Probably a Jazz bass.
S10 ? Like my old '86 pickup?
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.
The Dean Edge could be modded into a really good bass.
Jazz Bass without a doubt. The AK47 of basses, disassembled and brought back together within minutes, with hundreds of variations available for each part.
I was gonna say Michael Dolan instruments, but are we speaking of aftermarket parts? Yeah, probably a Jazz.
If you go with a Kudela you pick the wood, electronics all made from scratch so the possiblities are limitless. www.kudelabasses.com
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.
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.
So that would be my best choice for making a totally unique bass? I want to make my own sound.
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.
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.
Careful. The SX is not compatible with standard Fender specs in a couple of areas.
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."
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.