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Your Dream Parts Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CauliColin, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. I've been daydreaming about building a bass out of parts, and it consists of:
    A jazz body, a Status graphite neck, Fender N3 noiseless jazz pickups, a Status Onboard 500, with Status tuners and a Hipshot transtone bridge!

    What is your unrealistic/daydreamy parts bass?
  2. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Darryl Jenifer's bass.


  3. BryanM


    Dec 15, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sonic Blue Jazz Body in Alder
    Maple neck with birdseye maple fingerboard and sonic blue headstock
    Unlined fretless with fingerboard epoxied
    Black ultralight machine heads with Y posts
    Black BAII bridge or similar high mass
    Audere preamp with black plate and black barrel knobs
    -Volume-Volume Stack
    -Mid-Sweep Stack
    -Bass-Treble Stack
    -Z-Mode switch
    Black bar-style string retainer
    Fender 9120 Nylon Tapewounds
    Abalone single inlay of tilted Fedora at 12th fret position
    Abalone side dots with CF blue lights
    BWB pickguard
    White pickup cover for neck pickup
    Black pickup cover for bridge pickup
    Lindy Fralin Split Noiseless Jazz pickups
    Steel poles
    70s spacing
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.












  5. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    It probably would've been something with a Gibson styled body, but they threatened to sue Warmoth, and now most of their more interesting bodies are unavailable.:(
  6. Surf green jazz. Nothing crazy. But the dream will be a reality this spring/summer.
  7. With white blocked and bound maple fingerboard, hipshot tuners and bridge, Nordstrand pickups, Fender knobs and plates, parchment or perloid pickguard, custom neckplate with a 50's pin-up girl.

    I'm in!
  8. I thought this thread would have lasted longer than it did.

    Nice collection Ric5!
  9. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    Subbed, I got some bits coming in, and when they get here I'm going to post some pictures.
  10. Telecaster body, you know, the one that actually looks like a telecaster guitar?
    I'd have that in rock maple, then put a Jackson/Charvel neck on it. 3pc rock maple, graphite reinforcement. Now I'm trying to decide which would look better, a maple or graphite fretboard? Idk. EMG P/J's, Spector Hazlab pre. Gold Schiller hardware fosho. And to top it all off, the biggest, fattest badass brass bridge they make.

    And that's my dream parts bass
    I'm really F-ing tired...
  11. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I'm lucky enough to already own my dream parts basses. If you're into Status graphite necks, you'd probably enjoy these two babies (fretted and fretless).


    Just for info and general discussion, I went back and looked up what my two beauties cost me:

    Fretless Status Jazz neck (lined, side dot markers between lines) £310.27
    Warmoth Jazz body, swamp ash with quilted maple emerald dye top £293.92
    EMG J-set pickups, black £159.59
    Gold hardware (neck plate, control plate, string retainer, Schaller strap locks), black J-bass knobs, washers, screws, battery holders and batteries, etc £83.16
    Leo Quan Badass II bridge (gold) £70.45
    Schaller BMFLG machines (gold) £69.87
    Dean Markley Fretmaster strings, ML gauge £21.23
    TOTAL (completed March 2005) £1,008.49 (NB - no case or strap included). That's about $1600 or so.

    I loved the fretless so much, I had to go ahead with the fretted one.

    Status Graphite J neck (side markers only) £295.00
    Warmoth Dinky J body, alder with quilted maple blue dye top £305.26
    Nordstrand NJ4SE £169.57
    StewMac shielding paint £27.97
    J-Retro (gold) £190.00
    Schallers BMFLG (gold) £70.88
    Badass II (gold) plus neck plate, string retainer, washers, screws, etc £97.79
    Strap Locks (gold) £13.95
    Rotosound Swing Bass 45, 65, 80, 105 £13.95
    SKB FB-4 case £89.00
    Moody Strap £64.32
    TOTAL (completed June 2005) £1,337.69 (I've since added Hipshot D-Tuner, £77.74). That's £1400 or about $2250, including a decent case and a Moody strap.

    Incidentally, this thread actually belongs in the Basses forum, so I'll move it on over there in a second.
  12. Oh wow - those are wonderful :0
  13. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Thanks - I've had them both for about 8 years now. That's the longest I've ever kept any bass! I owned about 10 at one time and have cut right back (sold my Ric, Stingray, Status S2 and a couple of Fenders).

    One or the other of these gets used for pretty much every gig I do these days. They are just perfect for me. That's what I was after when I put them together and it really worked out.
  14. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    I'd probably have a something like slab p body and geddy lee neck, with emg p/j's, one of those really cool looking kahler bridges, and lollipop tuners. Haven't thought much about it yet though.
  15. Braddock


    Aug 13, 2010
    East Kentucky
    Brand new condition 70's or 80's Fender American Precision Bass:
    -Black Body no pickguard (rear routing)
    -Maple 21 fret Fender P Neck w/thickness of 1968 Tele bass neck
    -Original stock Fender pickup and stock controls
    -String Thru Body
    -No contours at all on front or back, just a big heavy slab of a body
    -Original Fender chrome tuners

    Yeah that's my dream bass, no more, no less.
  16. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Here's mine (ATM, it changes everyday):

    -body, Jazz, sunburst, appropriately reliced, no pickguard.

    -neck, maple on maple, black block and binding. Tele bass headstock, P-bass profile.

    All Hipshot hardware, in black.

    Passive electronics.
  17. What pickup, Rip?
  18. Joebarnes


    Oct 4, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    For me, its not so much the bass; 4 string J neck and J body with a string through body bridge; but the pickup setup that I want:

    Dual Nordstram MM4.4 pickups; The pickup has 4 separate coils in it that I would like wired through a 3 way switch. Each 3 way would go: top 2 coils (Jazz style), split P-Style, and all on (Music Man humbucker style).

    2 Volume, 1 tone knob, and away we go.

    I figure I could get darn near any sound I could possibly want with that setup in one bass, even potentially the same song.
  19. MellyMel

    MellyMel Fender De-Fender

    May 1, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Just built it.
    Hefner 70s ash body
    Finished in reranch lpb/nitro
    Pearloid pick guard (WD)
    Gotoh 201 bridge
    Dimarzio area Js with CTS pots, orange drop cap
    Neck is an original 73 jazz bass neck blocked & bound
    - it was in bad shape when I bought it and I cleaned it up.
    It is a 4 bolt so I converted the Hefner to 4 bolt prior to painting it.
    Strings are ghs brite flats, natch.

    Sounds just like a 70s should.

    Attached Files:

  20. I don't really know how it could be done, but I think of my dream bass as having:

    Single cutaway (fedora style) body
    35" scale
    6 strings
    Fanned frets (Novax style)
    Ebony fingerboard
    "Fretless" bridge (just like Di PIAZZA)
    Active/passive dual pickups with 3 band eq and bandpass filter
    MIDI out (synth access)
    stereo output
    playing ramp
    J-bass string spacing
    less than 9 lbs

    Yeah, I think that'll do:bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist: