Yes, laugh at me.... but I have a question.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Money, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I want to have a bass made, and I designed the body, and know what pick ups I want, I just need someone to build it.

    It would be this odd ass body shape, 1 humbucker in the middle, seymore duncan bass lines towards the neck, and 3 J's towards the bridge. I do not even know if this is possible, but i would really like to find out.

    Feel free to laugh at my m4d p41n75h0p 5k1ll5!



    The bass would actually be wider from top to bottom... that is just what I came up with at 2:45 am!
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Kind of like a mocking bird design.

    I don't know if you'd be able to fit that many pups, comfortably at least.

    Why would you want so many? there are other ways to get a variety of sounds on one bass.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for experimentation with bass designs, I just don't think this would be A)practical and to a lesser extent B)possible.

    I mean I'm sure it is possible, but seems like a waste, the bass would probably end up sounding like crap anyway.
  3. matthewfoote

    matthewfoote Guest

    Sep 18, 2002
    Somerset, England
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha;)
  4. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Five pickups will fill all the space beteen the bridge and the bass of the neck, even if you push them up close together... unless you're planning a deep set neck with about three accessible frets.

    For your homework, do some searching for the mocking bird design (BC Rich, I think), do another version that's more to scale, and think about whether you really need so many pickups!

  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Check for balance.

    Your design will be as top-heavy as Dolly Parton :p

    Rules of thumb:

    upper horn should end @ 12-14th fret

    lower horn should enable easy access to the highest fret.

    Optical balance is important too, the upper body half should look in balance with the lower half (hard to describe).

    More than 3 pups are whacko imo.

    Check out Le Fay for a cool 3-pup design.
  6. switchblade

    switchblade Guest

    May 31, 2003
    London, England, UK
    Sorry mate but I have to say i dont really like the body on the bass, though the pickups i quite like. ;)
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    If only all "design" was that easy - I would be a multi-milionaire by now!! ;)

    Can I laugh now?
  8. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    On the subject of design, while less is not necessarily more, having so many pickups is going to make the wiring horrendous inside and push the cost up... and you might still find that you end up with not much more flexibility than the average two pickup bass.

    If you haven't already seen it, get hold of the movie Spinal Tap and look out for the scene where they're discussing amps that go up to 11. I think there might also have been a multipickup guitar, but it's a while ago that I last saw it!

  9. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    body looks a bit long and strange, it seems too long, I don't know how long hte bass will be... and you're missing a jack to plug into
  10. mikgag

    mikgag Guest

    Mar 25, 2002
    Wow....just imagine the 60 cycle hum!!.....
  11. geezer316

    geezer316 Guest

    Jan 26, 2003
    Dont quit your day job :spit: LOL !!!!:D .Interesting design,you dont need to be a great artist to design custom things(basses ETC.)Look at the son on the new T.V. series on discovery channel,the son Paul designs some of the best hot-rod choppers and custom vintage bikes around,but cannot draw to save his life.Paul said on one of the first episodes that "I CANNOT DRAW OR PAINT FOR CRAP,BUT I KNOW WHAT MAKES A CHOPPER LOOK COOL,SO THEN I JUST PUT IT TOGETHER" My point is keep on trying,sooner or later it will pay off.:D
  12. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Hey, I too am enjoying whiskey's pleasure! Cheers!
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The builder for this bass is painfully obvious. Steeeeve? ... Oh Steeeeeeeeeve!
  14. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Now that I think about it, I think I would take out one of those J's and instead have a bridge PUP, take out 2 of the J's, and have 1 outside the bridge, and then have the bridge PUP.

    Ya, that is just the general shape I wanted. It would probably end up being huge.

    Did I mention that I am an artist and Ken Smith and Fodera all steal my designs?


    If I only had a day job...
  15. RJ


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
    Some "quick" photoshopping...
  16. Killdar

    Killdar Guest

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    wow.....I'm amazed the original design/idea could have turned

    yah, the mockingbird would suit the purposes, with perhaps a pickup config like this:

  17. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    but paint shop is so much more fun.
  18. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    you may want to try individual volume pots/knobs for each pup rather than a pan.
  19. Octave Doctor

    Octave Doctor Guest

    Jun 29, 2003
    In the kitchen
    I was wondering if drugs were legal where you came from because you seem to have taken quite a lot of them.

    Seriously though - an active imagination is a good thing!
  20. It needs a longer neck. :D