Hello everyone. This thread is to be a photo-journal of a project bass that is part of a quest of mine to create my ultimate bass rig. I am addressing the preamplification and amplification needs in another thread, this thread is to be dedicated to the actual bass itself. Here's the other half (if you will) of this entire system I'm building up ... http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f36/experimental-fully-modular-bass-rig-902681/ That thread involves the design and construction of what I think of as my ultimate bass rig. It uses various types of paralleling gear (most of which is modular synthesizer components) to create a highly flexible and completely reconfigurable preamp coupled with a dual channel amplification system (2 power amp channels powering two different types of cabs). Here's a peak at a little of it ... There's much more to it, hit the link above to see what is going on in that thread. This thread is about the bass itself. I've owned over two dozen basses since 1990. As many of us already know, it's a quest to find one that fits various needs. I've built a few basses that were centered around using Warmoth parts, all devoted to that same general quest. Each bass had it's own set of merits, but there was always something missing. I am certain many of you can identify with that! This bass is something I am attempting to build that will address most, if not all, of my needs without buying yet another high-buck bass that still requires mods and changes. I'm wanting a 3-pickup design, one that will help me towards getting some of those 70's rock bass sounds (Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Dave Hope, and so on). As well as some of my own types of sounds. I'll be starting off using a 2012 Squier Vintage Modified 70's Bass. I've already begun some modifications to it that include putting each pickup on it's own discrete output channel. Each pickup has it's own output jack, and it's own volume control. No tone controls. I've found this arrangement to be SUPER flexible in a tonal sense. The ability to process each pickup on it's own before mixing/blending them has worked out to be genuinely excellent. Using the "X-Rig" (linked above) I am even able to switch between two pickup blend "presets" with a momentary foot control. The switching is instantaneous, silent, and very effective. Using the modular 4-channel mixer I am able to create very precise pickup mixes and switch between two of them, sortof like preprogrammable presets. Not only that but the ability to put each pickup through it's own dedicated set of FX prior to mixing them together has proven to be an outstanding asset. Yes, I can run each pickup through it's own amp if I wished it. However I find that approach to be overused and quite frankly too limited. I mean, think about what happens when you select only one pickup to play with, you reduce your amplification to exactly half! Not only that but you're relying on using the room as your final mixer. That is far less consistant than mixing the two pickup feeds prior to amplifying them. All of those issues are discussed in the other X-Thread (the Experimental Fully Modular Bass Rig thread linked above, as well as in my sig). So, on with the show! Welcome to my trials of building.... X-Bass - The Experimental 3 Pickup Bass.