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What options would you take for a custom bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Niskamies, May 21, 2005.

  1. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    I am thinking of ordering a custom bass in the future(when I have the money). I am thinking of a fiver from AVBasses. I would like a modern growl kind of tone.

    I am thinking of a neckthrough bass with two musicman humbuckers. Would that work for what I am looking for? I am also thinking of a three-band active eq, boost only. What body woods would you choose wof the growl? I am thinking of an ash body with a maple neck with koa stripes?

    So, what would be your custom "growl" bass?
  2. I would take as I took for my F Bass...
    flame maple neck
    Maple top
    One piece ash body
    Matching headstock
    Black line veneer (line added between body and top)
    Birdseye fingerboard


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    You might get a better growl and sustain depending on the builder with a bolt on neck.
  4. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Who is AV Basses??? Where are they? Website???
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I'm thinking walnut all the way, baby. Your ash/maple/koa combo might do it too. But walnut's got great growl...

    I don't know about "growl" per se. But if I were to expend the time, expense & effort to buy a custom instrument, I'd be looking at features such as...

    • neck-through
    • 18-volt onboard preamp
    • 35-inch scale
    • ebony or phenolic board
    • XLR out next to the 1/4" phone jack
    • zero fret
    • integrated thumbrest
    • series/parallel micro-switch
    • active/passive micro-switch
    • coil-splitter micro-switch (humbucker only)
    • custom-designed ergonomic contoured body
    • MIDI out

  6. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I'd probably go...

    3 Custom FBasses:

    5 string (B-G) (fretted), 5 string (E-C) (fretless), 6 string (B-C) (fretted)
    Set neck
    Active preamp
    34" scale
    Coated maccassar ebony board
    3 outputs -- one for each pickup, and one consolidated one (able to use all three at once, too -- 3 amps :D)
    Zero fret
    Pickup ramp
    Amboyna burl top and pickup covers
    Maccasar ebony pickup rings (high gloss finish)
    Black accent laminate
    Ash body
    Ash headstock
    Matching amboyna burl headstock veneer
    Maple neck with padauk stringers
    Satin finish on body, neck, and pickup covers
    Lined fretless
    Low-intensity green LEDs -- with a dimmer knob (in the normal layout) behind frosty-white dots so you can still see the markers clearly with no LEDs on
    Satin chrome Hipshot bridge
    Satin chrome tuners
    Satin chrome brass nut
    Satin chrome knobs
    Inlayed straplocks
    Bevelled headstock with my signature on the bevelled part ;)
    No other markers on the fretboard
  7. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    I don't go so much for the growl, but I'll post my ideal specs anyway! This would be for my reading gig bass.

    Six strings (just for the reading part, for improv/anything else I go 4)
    Single cut body made of mahogany or koa
    Bolt-on or set-neck maple neck with satin finish
    Ebony fretboard
    Cocobolo burl or ebony top
    All passive electronics (Prolly Nordstrands)

    For fretless, I'd get a Zon Sonus Studio 4, all the way.
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I've got one of them in the works...

    Figured Bubinga top, back and headstock caps
    Stablized Bubinga fingerboard
    Wenge & Curly Bubinga neck
    Butternut body core

    6 string bolt on neck & my preference of 34" scale & a pair of big ole humbuckers (and 3 band pre)

    oh yeah... and FRETLESS :cool:
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I'd take a page on GROWL from Warwick and use a Wenge neck.
    I'd opt for active/passive operation just for grins and add a passive tone control option because it is great for soothing a mid and high boost, just enough so it sounds tastiest.
    Make sure the headstock is tilted back or it has a nice string tree or bar setup on it. And make sure the bridge is sturdy (ABM, Schaller, Brass).

    I would avoid maple on the fretboard.
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  11. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Well, of all of the basses I have had, Maple (fretboard) seems to clarify the tone more than rosewood, wenge, pao ferro, even phenolic and ebony. And since growl is more "midrangey" and less "Scooped" (mapleish), I'd stick by no maple. I haven't had too many maple fingerboard basses (Jazz 5 Dlx, P bass, Musicman), but I have had a ton of others and they were all growlier.

    That's not to say maple necks and bodies don't work, they do very well (particularly Spectors). But the fretboard, if given the decision, in my opinion, should not be maple.
  12. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004

    AVBasses is a small bass shop in the Czech republic, and they are very affordable. A fiver will cost about 800 euros(about a 1000 US).
  13. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA

    Wow!! Nice looking basses!!!

  15. Wow, that's a really special bass...looks great!!
    If it sounds as good as it looks...oh my!!

  16. greg


    Jun 1, 2004
    Why are two of the tuners different???
    Also by the way someone from here has on..a single cut 5 with a walnut top.
  17. Niskamies


    Jan 13, 2004
    Yeah, this one:http://www.volny.cz/avbasses/5VS.htm

    I got to play it today, sweet bass.

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