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Your ideal bass shape.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    I recently made a list of every guitar I ever owned and that included all of my basses and what struck me is that I keep going back to the Precision bass shape.

    I owned a lot of P-bass copies over the years, most of them being low end cheap pieces of crap bought mostly because they were cheap and I could toss them around on stage and not being worried about it.

    Anyway with the reunion of my old band "Format brain" coming up I needed some serious basses for stage use and my old plywood clunkers didn't cut it anymore. So I went out and checked some new basses out at a couple of music stores and much to my own surprise I went home with two Precision basses, a white solid alder Aslin Dane and a Sunburst Squier.

    The thing was that I had enough money on me to buy a low end Spector or some other "Professional" bass but my hands and my stance has ajusted itself to the shape and the feel of a P-bass and I just can't shake it.

    So what's your kind of bass you keep going back to?
  2. I like the Jazz bass style. It's simple, ergonomic, and looks good.
  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    My two favorites are the Roscoe SKB and Spector NS.
  4. I go for the Jazz, Stingray, or Explorer shaped bodies myself.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    My favorite is the Spector NS shape, mm i really want me a Spector Euro n/t...
  6. Jazz, Stingray or a Carl Thompson of some sort.
  7. i'm really torn between the jaguar shape and the standard lakland shape...
  8. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Yamaha makes nice pleasing shapes, rather simple too. I think that's what I like so much about them. And the headstocks on the trb's are rather nice.
  9. Stingray 5 is definitly my ideal bass shape.....if they make a sub-5 with that shape I would get one for sure...
  10. tomd03


    Oct 8, 2004
    Alberta Canada
    I'd say alembic or F's, and some of the ritters,but not the extreme ones.
  11. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    Conklin basses and flying v's are tyed for #1. the explorer gets my 2nd vote and Jerryonly's bass gets my 3rd. honorable mention are carl thompsons 70s style scroll basses.
  12. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    The shape of an Ibanez Bass...like the RB800 (which is apparently just like the SR800)
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Jazz bass.
  14. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Thumb, Jazz, Ric, and Conklin. As long as you can hold them up high.
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Personally, I *love* the fodera monarch shape, it's like a jazz, only smoother and more comfortable.

    I'm also a big fan of the hanewinckel draken model.
  16. a cort curbow shape honestly... but put a crown headstock on it and maybe a small horn before the big horn
  17. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    Yamaha Attitude II
    Spector Rex-4USA
    Rickenbacker 4003
    MTD American
    Carvin LB70P
    Dingwall Primas
    Ibanez SR3000E
    And probably some others.
    (and it's not in this order)
  18. Tung


    Jun 26, 2003
    Tung is my favorite, both body and headstock. I like the Roscoe SKB shape too.
  19. Wishbasses have THE best body shapes.

  20. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    I like me a nice jazz bass, or a good ole carl thompson