#1
Inspired by discussion in another thread, I got to wondering what people REALLY like and REALLY dislike aesthetically when it comes to basses and bass-related stuff. As the title says, this is all about looks, and nothing to do with sound, or anything else.

Try not to flame anyone for anything they might say, it's all about opinion.

Love
Natural wood finishes
Thru-neck construction
Individual-string bridges
Beautiful elaborate inlays
Silked strings (especially with different colours for each string, especially when coupled with an indivdual-string bridge)
Thick black leather straps
Coloured LEDs on pedals (i.e. anything other than red)
Big, MXR-style knobs on pedals
Graphic EQs on heads/combos
Orange amps and cabs


Hate
String trees
Massive headstocks (eg. Fender)
Chapman Sticks
LEDs on a bass
Gold hardware
Over-the-top finishes on a bass
'Vintage' or 'relic'd' anything - seriously, WTF?
Basses finished in ridiculous colours, eg. shocking pink, or lime green
Pickups with exposed pole pieces, e.g. musicman style
Strings sticking out loose from tuning pegs
Wonky jazz pickups
Pointy basses
Single-cut basses
Completely un-labelled pedals
Coloured patch cables


This is all I can think of off the top of my head.

Lets have some opinions.
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#2
musicman pickups aren't open coil, they have exposed pole pieces.

I like any bass with the offset waist design

I dislike ibanez'
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musicman pickups aren't open coil, they have exposed pole pieces.


Good shout, post amended.
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#5
red. all about red finish. red looks so pretty on a bass that it makes all other colors look like lime green. jk. red is best to me i dont like small headstocks..makes the bass look too fragile know what i mean. but i also hate to big cuz then it looks kinda cartoony
#6
Aristides are creating a 5 string bass guitar and I have to admit, it looks orgasmic, whether it sounds orgasmic is another matter.
#7
LIKE
extra frets
flame maple
ash grain
solid paint
sunburst
dyes
mismatched knobs
dings and dents
body binding

DISLIKE
natural finishes
pink
strat pickups on a bass
wooden pickup covers
really elaborate inlays
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#9
Love:
Matte finish basses - no fingerprinting
***burst (cherry, gray - you name it) colors - like the spectors
More frets
Deep cutaways
Interesting shapes
Fullstacks/Halfstacks
Hardcases - way cooler then gigbags
Rack porn
Humbuckers - not only the sound, but the look.
Unique headstocks
Les Paul style basses (Getting an Esp ltd F series)
Color-Coded (Not colored) cables - helps you connect your effects correctly


Hate:
Fender style headstocks (4's; 4+1's)
Headlesses
BC Rich basses - *puke*
Natural finish (Either you like 'em, or not)
J pickups - they look like anorexic HB's
Colored cables - tho I have a yellow 6m Klotz cable
Pedalboards - It's a guitarist's thing to over-compensate with too many pedals
Combo amps - tho I really need one.
Rickenbacker basses - *puke*
Gigbags - come on :S
Cabs, that are smaller than a 2x10"
ORANGE AMPLIFICATION
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#10
Deliriumbassist loves and (unofficially) endorses the following:

Exotic woods
Natural finishes
5 strings
Drozd
Shiny thinga
Matched headstocks
Gold hardware when it looks good.
Warwick


Deliriumbassist wants to categorically send these things to hell:

Pointy things.
Alder
One piece necks
Gold hardware that looks bad.
Pointy things. Again.
Jeff Berlin.
Surf Green. It should be renamed child vomit after 263 E-numbers green
#11
Likes:

Bubinga
Thick Necks
Inlays that aren't mother of pearl
2 way active pre amps

Doesn't Like...s

Lots of controls
Maple Necks
Thin necks
Stickers
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#12
Loves

Thin Necks
Strange designs (never been a person to conform xD)
Single coil pickups
Active electronics (moving from a Passive t-bird to a bass with active eq was like just a mindf*ck)
Les Paul basses (if done correctly it would be awesome imo)

Hates
Green basses (just dont like green as a colour on guitars/basses)
Gold hardware
thick necks
BC Rich's being prone to dinks but it comes with the territory want a brootal looking guitar you gotta put up with it being easier damaged
Guitar Gear
Guitar: Ibanez GRG140 (black)
Amp:Peavey Vypyr 75


Bass Gear
Bass: Fender P-bass MIM,Peavey Millenium 5 BXP (x2),Epiphone Thunderbird
Amp:Ampeg PF500 w PF210 cab
Pedals: ODB-3,Big Muff.
#13
Love:
Sunburst finish.
Classic body shapes.
Classic Tuners.
Fecking huge pickups.
Maple necks.
(Without realising I just described my own bass).

Hates:
Small body shapes.
Clear or unfinished bodies.
White pickguards.
Over the top signature inlays.
Everything by Danelectro
Block colour finish with not pickguard.
Clear plastic pickguards.
Opaque burst finishes, urgh.
Orangey laquer, like on really old basses.
Pearl inlay on maple.
Sparkle finishes.
Fake tort, looks fecking awful.
Headless basses.
#14
Like/Love:
Dark colors (maroon, black, navy blue, etc.)
Contrasting colors that match (light/dark)
Natural colors
Classic body styles (P, J, Rick, etc.)
Tuners on Fenders
Fender headstocks
Block, dot, or no inlays
Ebony, rosewood, other dark fretboards

Dislike/Hate:
Open cavities with no pickguard covering (my bass is lie this now...)
Stickers on the bass
Vomit green
Gaudy pickguards
Wooden pickup covers
P pickups
Pointy crap
Gold hardware (unless it fits perfectly with body/neck color)

I'm probably forgetting some stuff, but oh well.
#15
My heart goes out toward:
Gold hardware
Clear coats over high end woods
Burst paint that goes to black
8x10 cabs
5+ string basses
Simplicity of knobs (i.e. 5 or less)
Neck Through body
Multi piece necks
Un-lined fretless
Abalone

I rather dislike:
Clear coat over bad woods
Clear coat over spalted maple
Spalted maple in general
Single piece necks
Maple fretboards
Large single cut basses
Chrome hardware
Open pole pickups
Non-matching headstocks
2x10 cabs or smaller
Mother of pearl inlays
V, ML, Thunderbird, Explorer style bodies
Complex knob layout
Simple bridges
Neon colors
Wooden pickup covers
#16
i love:
old piece of crap basses
undisclosed pedals made by some company that no longer exists
rickenbackers (and my copy version)
volume pot crackle
tone knobs that don't work
custom made stuff
pedulla rapture
non-bass sounding basses

I dislike:
most fenders
maple necks
shiny basses
new basses with no personality
basses that are too easy to play
over priced for no good reason
boss pedals
any bass made for a specific genre (i'm looking at you metal heads!!)

proberly a load of stuff i've totally over looked but basically i like a bass thats a challenge to play, nice sound that isn't everyones cup of tea and something i have fun with
#17
Likes:
True fire
Anything colour thats above the norm
Skulls
Kahler Bridges
Maple fretboards

Dislikes:
Hot pink
Scratches and dings
#18
Like:
Two pickups
Ebony fretboards
Good, solid bridges
Bullet truss rods

Dislike:
Natural finish headstocks on basses without maple fingerboards
Cheap, stamped bridges with little or no travel for the saddles
Cheap nuts
Cheap tuners
Cheesy finishes
#19
Likes:
Carbon fiber/Graphite necks
Headless basses
Maple, especially birdseye and spalted maple
3+1, 4+1, etc. tuning peg arrangements
single string bridges
Ebonal fretboards
Seafoam Green

Dislikes:
3-point bridges
Behringer
over the top inlays

I would also like to condemn any bass that can double as a mace or other some such weapon (B.C Rich, ESP/LTD AX and F series, etc.)
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#20
like:
maple necks with black blocks
Natural wood
spalted maple
neck throughs
6 strings
Double cutaways

dislike:
"pretty" woods (flame maple, quilt maple, etc)
Obscenely point basses
Gold hardware
stupid paintjobs(flames and the like)
no sir away a papaya war is on
#21
Likes:
rosewood fretboard.
bubinga
thin necks
simple black and white.
musicman (cant afford one)
Neat headstocks (small and clean looking)
natural finishes and dyes which show the grain.
black and chrome hardware

Dislike:
huge headstocks
input jacks
badly stringed guitars
stickers
graffiti
pick up gaurds
Spector legend 4 or

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Likes:

big bridges
sensible knob layout
decent cutaways
plain ol' maple

Hates:

gold hardware
wood porn (what the feck does burl or spalt mean anyway?)
LEDs
too many strings
#23
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wood porn (what the feck does burl or spalt mean anyway?)

Wood porn is indeed pretty desperate

@The Do0rs: Input jacks in general, or ones mounted on the body rather than the side?
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#24
I love
Natural finishes
See through finishes
Flamed tops
Simple fret markers
A decent amount of controls
Gold hardware
Mono-Rail or similar bridges
Soapbar pickups
Massive pole pieces (think MM but bigger!)
Bevelled/contoured basses

I hate
Paint jobs on beginner basses, normally
Overcomplicated fret markers
Lack of fret markers (apart from on fretlesses)
Small pole pieces
Basses with no contours
Extremely high slung basses- I used to be a perpatrator of this.
Obvious graphics on basses
Excessive controls

There's not much I really hate, though there's a massive list of what I mildly dislike.

Ibanez SR506BM
Ashdown Little Giant 1000w
Peavey TVX 115+410
A big ass upright

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#26
Yay.
Luna Paz Lenchantin Signature

Nay.
Gimmick basses.
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

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#27
I love a good classic or vintage looking basses, Carl Thompsons are about as far out of that range as I'll go.

I have to agree with Boyce on the porn woods. Some of them look like a failed art projects or bad coffee table design.

And Ben's going to kill me on this one, I hate Ritters. They just look like some lottery winner who has blown a bit of cash on tonnes of jewelry and piled it on all at once. They just look excessive to me.

And Gibson / Epis "lets make a guitar into a bass" design really doesn't do it for me either.
#28
LIKE:
Natural finishes
Sunburst finishes
Rosewood finger board (I prefer Maple but Rosewood looks better)
Old looking basses
Gold hardware
Less than 4 knobs
Fender tuners
Bridge pickup

DISLIKE:
Single colored finishes (unless you count natural as single color)
Pointy basses
Headless basses
LEDs
Too many control knobs
BC Rich
Basses with guitar bodies (Les Paul, SG)
>6 strings on a bass
#29
Like:
Quilted maple
High gloss finishes
Black hardware
Pointed headstocks
Ornate headstocks
Radical body shapes
Koa
Graphics

Hate:
Natural finishes (when not used with Koa or maple)
Cream colored pickups
LEDs

Neutral:
Pickguards
Gold hardware
#30
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Likes:

big bridges
sensible knob layout
decent cutaways
plain ol' maple

Hates:

gold hardware
wood porn (what the feck does burl or spalt mean anyway?)
LEDs
too many strings




Burl wood is wood that has experienced abnormal growth due to environmental pressures. Spalted woods are woods that have been attacked by fungi, causing bleaching, blotting, and zone lines.

Wood porn is sexy dammit
#31
Love
Surfy colors like surf pearl, shell pink, surf green.
White basses
Black basses
Matching headstock
Block inlays
Stylised, ropunded shapes (Jaguar, Thunderbird, Danelectros)

Hate
Macho-metalhead bass shapes (BC Rich)
[x] + 1 tuning peg arrangement
Tribal/overly ornamental finishes
Anything that looks like it could be on Batman's utility belt (no disrespect to Batman)
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Burl wood is wood that has experienced abnormal growth due to environmental pressures. Spalted woods are woods that have been attacked by fungi, causing bleaching, blotting, and zone lines.

Wood porn is sexy dammit




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#33
Like:
Classic, traditional, more "normal" body shapes
Single coils
Pickguards
4 strings
Aged finishes (by time, not relic-ing)

Dislike:
Crazy shapes
Sharp/Jagged shapes in particular
Wood porn
Loads of strings
Really huge pickups
Headless basses (the worst by far)
Pictures instead of proper finishes
Too much inlay on a neck
Gibson's "these are popular guitars so we'll make bass versions" models
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#34
Like
Wood Porn

Hate
EVERYTHING ELSE!
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#35
Likes
Bold, solid colors.
Chrome hardware.
Jagged points.
Defined edges.
Flashy straps.
Darker wood fretboards.
Un-uniformity with knobs.

Dislikes
Pickguards.. I don't get it, I don't even use a freaking pick...
Gold hardware (unless everything else is black).
Small Headstocks.
Odd Patterns.
Pickups that are all "Look over here, I'm a pickup!"

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