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#1
Wow, you're huge! You are an inspiration to bassists all over. The maker of your favorite bass has offered you the opportunity to design your signature model! How exciting!

What would your signature model be? What features would it have?

Example:

Musicman Sterling, single humbucker

I would put my name on the back of the headstock to keep it low-key. Also, I would want the headstock painted the same color as the body.

Rosewood fretboard, no fretboard inlays other than the 12th fret.

I would include that metal cover around the tone knobs like a Stingray.

Color would be transparent blue.

What would your signature model be like?
Last edited by Windfall32 at Sep 24, 2008,
#2
P-Bass
White body
Black binding and pickguard
Badass Bridge
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder
Maple fretboard

Awesome.
#3
Hmm.

Jazz
Sunburst body
Badass II bridge
Maple fretboard with black block inlays.

I think that's about it.
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#4
Let me go through this... I have two babies

*takes a deep breath*

10 string fretless bass
9 laminate disguised neck through construction of bubinga, maple and ovangkol
through body stringing
wooden tailpiece allowing for multiscale- 36" at the bass side sliding down to 32" on the treble side
And here's where we get interesting:

the bass side wing will have a flamed maple top, wenge core, and flamed maple back. The treble side wing will have a wenge top, maple core, and wenge back. The headstock will have matching top and back corresponding with the body. The fretboard will have a 3 octave range. It will also be half birdseye maple, half ebony, split down the middle with the colour opposite to the body.

Chrome hardware on the wenge side of the headstock, and black hardware on the maple side. Also, there will be some disguised piezo shizz going on for pickups.

It's avant garde, and a prototype will be made available in the not too distant future if everything goes to plan. It's about time the world needed an "off the shelf" ERB

And for my lesser string minded, the following:

5 string bolt on, 24 frets
hard rock maple neck with ebony fretboard
dot abalone inlays, offset
swirly bubinga top over a high grade basswood body (or agathis to piss off the fitz. I haven't decided yet)
Aguilar OPB-3 preamp
CGI humbuckers (if they ever see the light of day *looks at Chris and hovers over permaban button*)
Monorail bridge
chrome hardware
matching headstock
Maybe a D-Tuner. I know it's a fiver, but still, drop tunings are still needed sometimes.
#6
Jazz body
5 string
24 frets
neck through
Satin non grain filled bubinga body with black satin back
Satin wenge/ birds eye maple 5 piece
deeper lower cutaway
J+MM pickups with coil splitting
3 band eq with blend and volume
no pick guard
#7
my sig model would be

yamaha rbx body with 24 frets bolt on, alder body, rosewood fingerboard with pickup selector, seymour duncans pups one jazz and one humbucker,3 band eq, boost switch and a volume knob the color black and white like juventus ^^
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#8
Quote by Deliriumbassist
*takes a deep breath*
well we know who the maker of that would be!

Mine is pretty simple really. Maple on maple neck, tilted headstock, 3+2 tuners. 24 frets bolt on (but with a nice heel, mind...none of those awful Fender lumps), ash P type body (but with a deeper cutaway to accommodate the extra frets), 3 band EQ, P and MM pickups.
#9
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well we know who the maker of that would be!

Mine is pretty simple really. Maple on maple neck, tilted headstock, 3+2 tuners. 24 frets bolt on (but with a nice heel, mind...none of those awful Fender lumps), ash P type body (but with a deeper cutaway to accommodate the extra frets), 3 band EQ, P and MM pickups.


He just doesn't know I'm going to not only force him to put the serial number "001" on it, nor make him endorse me, put the bass into mass production, and probably cry at the fact that no-one will buy anything with my name all over it yet
#11
5 string
Spector body made of walnut topped with water cured redwood
4 soapbar pickups, 2 seymour duncan basslines, 2 emg dc-40's, one of each at the neck and bridge
2 pickup selectors to select 1 of each from the neck and bridge
volume, blend, 4 band active EQ and bass boost.
24 frets, birdseye maple neck (through body) and a high quality rosewood fretboard.
gloss finish

Most expensive bass ever. Practical? If they love me enough.
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#12
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5 string
Spector body made of walnut topped with water cured redwood
4 soapbar pickups, 2 seymour duncan basslines, 2 emg dc-40's, one of eachat the neck and bridge
2 pickup selectors to select 1 of each from the neck and bridge
volume, blend, 4 band active EQ and bass boost.
24 frets, birdseye maple neck (through body) and a high quality rosewood fretboard.
gloss finish

Most expensive bass ever. Practical? If they love me enough.

The Cody Grey PickupPile? They're gonna have to stack them with that many.
#14
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The Cody Grey PickupPile? They're gonna have to stack them with that many.


Or make them cuddle. Spector can extend the body a little, justm akes the scale longer and my low b tighter xD.

I will have it if I have to sleep with the owner.
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#15
jazz body
- silver
- black binding
- black pearl pickguard

jazz neck
-maple fretboard
- black binding
- black pearl block inlays
- matching silver headstock
- 24 frets

aguilar OPB-3 preamp
killswitch
HH lane poor pickups
badass II bridge
dunlop straplocks
d-tuner
dr lo riders

*keeps dreaming*
#16
oh my.

P Bass with a humbucker on the bridge.
Burnt Tobacco w/red pick gaurd

what else....
the neck would be quite thin, like the Geddy Lee one, but be 24 frets..

hmm, also, i'd enjoy an ampeg svt hahah & an 8x10 cab
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#17
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oh my.

P Bass with a humbucker on the bridge.
Burnt Tobacco w/red pick gaurd

what else....
the neck would be quite thin, like the Geddy Lee one, but be 24 frets..

hmm, also, i'd enjoy an ampeg svt hahah & an 8x10 cab


You're going to fit the bass with a stack? Put it on the headstock, but remember to put the strap button on the back of the body so you can eliminate nasty neck dive.
#18
hm.
not sure the company.
ELECTRONICS
active, double preamped Bartolini single coils, knobs stacked for eq's so it's bridge bass/neck bass, bridge mids/neck mids, bridge treble/bass treble, blending, volume. also, there will be a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder in the middle position that shares preamp and volume with the neck Bartolini. it can be turned on and off with a toggle switch, just on/off. there is also a killswitch.

NECK
a wenge... shell over a maple neck- glued together so the maple provides most of the tone, but the wenge the feel. also, an ebony fretboard with squirrel inlays, using different inlay materials to achieve the proper look. 4 a side headstock. single truss rod. indeed, 34" scale. 25 frets. semithin feel, a little thicker than a jazz, but not near a precision. the wenge is unfinished, the fretboard also.

BODY
contoured ES style solidbody, 3/4 flame maple top with zebrawood f-holes. slight internal routering to improve balance. bubinga body for remaining 1 1/4 inch.

HARDWARE/FINISH
chrome hardware, bell brass frets. Badass Bridge. brass nut. 4 fender style detuners. tobacco sunburst finish, but with a small layer of purple in there too bring out some class. easy open battery boxes. strap locks already on it.

COST
at least 2500. probably much more.
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#19
Thanks for the tips man.


I just mentioned it cos my signature bass idea wasnt too outrageous lol
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#20
Quote by richrawr
P Bass with a humbucker on the bridge.
Burnt Tobacco w/red pick gaurd

what else....
the neck would be quite thin, like the Geddy Lee one, but be 24 frets..
Hey - we can pretty much share sig models so long as that pickguard comes off
#21
Mine would actually look exactly like the Squier Vintage modified, but with a split P style pickup in the neck position. Or a musicman humbucker instead of the p and j combo. And replace the bridge with a BA 2.
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#22
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I believe this has been done a thousand times.

My bass would be so expensive that nobody would buy it for my name, therefore defeating the purpose of being a sig.


I'm close to that. I'd probably opt for a 5 string Carl Thompson, 24 frets and some ridiculously rare wood.

Or an MIA Precision near to what Max owns. All black...
#23

This.
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#24
6 strings
7 piece neck-thru maple neck with rosewood strips
Alder Explorer/"Exploiter"-style body with a spalted maple top
Maple fretboard with block inlays
Bartolini pickups
Schecter-style headstock
Black chrome hardware

And I know jack about preamps.
#25
Sandberg california PM5 as basic
MM style bridge pickup, P neck pickup (bartolini)
24 fret (+ deeper cutaway)
3band EQ (bartolini)
passive-active switch
Maple fingerboard
Ash body
Spalted maple top
Matching headstock
Black block inlays
Perhaps a black pickguard

That, or a natural Ibanez ATK with an added precision pickup and passive-active switch.
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#26
Ibanez BTB575FM Transparent Grey Finish, enough said, that's my signature model, haha.

But really, I'd probably put a XII for the twelfth fret inlay, possibly upgrade the tuners (though they are fine stock), maybe add some scratchy looking emblem to it, personally sign it. That's about all I'd change to make my personal signature, it's just too perfect as is!

http://ibanez.com/bass/guitar.aspx?m=BTB575FM
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#27
6 strings
offset waist
jazz bass string spacing at the nut
35" scale length
7 laminate neck thru construction of flame maple and walnut
flame maple fretboard
27 frets on treble side, 24 frets on bass side
"D" in script inlayedin abalone on the 12th fret
brass frets
monorail bridges
flame maple wings with a walnut top then a quilt maple top on top of that
walnut veneer then quilt maple veneer on headstock
CGI splittable humbucker in the bridge that WILL give the sound of a true fender single coil pickup when split and WILL give the sound of a punchy humbucker when not split
CGI single coil in the middle
a piezo pickup under the bridge with seperate volume and output jack
East UK UretroDX preamp
blue stained body and headstock
my name inlayed in abalone on the headstock
the control cavity and battery cavity covers will be flame maple and held in place with magnets

i think that just abut covers in, chris take note
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#28
This might be hard to imagine, but here goes:

-Non reverse thunderbird style shape, but made by someone other than gibson (possibly fender, as they own the rigths to the shape anyway).

-black fading into translucent red sunburst with a white pickguard.

-humbucking neck pickup and covered single coil bridge pickup, similar to the one on a 4003.

-thin fast neck, with only about 20-22 frets and rectangle fret markings similar to geddy lee neck.

-4 strings only (in my opinion it's not how many strings/frets you have, it's how you use them)

-active electronics and seperate volume and tone for each pickup.

-my signature on the pickguard, in the place the thunderbird logo would usually go.

EDIT: other things i forgot:
-Maple body and ebony fingerboard.

-chrome hardware, including the knobs and tuning pegs.

-Medium gauge Stadium elites as standard.
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#29
Realistically

Jazz body in chrome red, black pickguard, maple precision neck and fretboard with black block inlays. Hipshot tuners and Badass II bridge. Top of line pickups yet to be decided. Internal Fuzz factory.

Or
Telecaster body bass with J/H pups. black with custom black pickguard (tele custom) Jazz neck maple big block. Internal fuzz factory etc
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#30
ibanez 4 string srx style

woods:
ash body body
flame maple top
alder neck (bolt on. 24 frets)
ebony fretboard
BTB headstock

electronics
active electronics
PFR-ALB4 bridge pick-up
PFR-ALN4 neck pick-up
1 volume

hardware
B205 bridge (chrome)

other
medium frets
no inlays except custom inlay on 5th fret
ernie ball string
tuned Eb Standard or Drop C

colours
transparent grey flat (including headstock)
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#31
Ibanez 6 string
BTB shape
Flamed Maple top/ Mahogany body
Neck through
Maple fretboard
black off map inlays (not sure how it's called)
1 bridge musicman humbucker
monorail bridge
3 band eq
#32
A Musicman Stingray 3EQ , But with some nice differences...

5 string
A thin maple Ibanez style neck with a maple fingerboard
a flame maple top with a loverly transparent green burst and no pickguard
Dual humbucker pickups
maybe a single Jazz pickup in between the two humbuckers if space could be made.
one of the sliver plates for all the controls! - gotta love em!
Ash body

Headstock with the green burst from the body & don't forget the flame maple top on the head stock so it looks exactly the same

Obviously the 3 band EQ. would have my signature on the back of the headstock and presented in a nice hardcase with my basses name on the front in a small font on the corner (havent worked out a name for it yet)

I should mention that this baby will be starting production soon when I can make the body and the neck and also get the funds together!
Gear:

Musicman SUB 5
Ibanez SRX305
Ibanez GSR200
Ashdown MAG300 C115
Ashdown MAG 210 cab

Soon a Fender Deluxe Jazz V & an LTD 206
#33
Jazz body
Ibanez style neck
Either 2 sets of P pups or 2 humbuckers
Spalted maple

I know its not very specific, but Id know more if I messed with more basses.
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#34
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Or an MIA Precision near to what Max owns. All black...

My sig bass:





Seriously, there's nothing I would change about this bass, it's perfect for me, I've never played another one that felt quite so right.
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#35
5 String

Single Cut (Shock/Horror)

Soundgear style thin neck(Bubinga w/ Ebony Fretboard)

Solid white with black binding and Custom Floyd Rose Trem Bridge

24 Frets.

1 EMG Active pickup in MM position.

Single pot for volume, all eq's set by factory.

Chrome Tuners, Blue LED inlays with XII in the 12th fret slot.
#36
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5 String

Single Cut (Shock/Horror)

Soundgear style thin neck(Bubinga w/ Ebony Fretboard)

Solid white with black binding and Custom Floyd Rose Trem Bridge

24 Frets.

1 EMG Active pickup in MM position.

Single pot for volume, all eq's set by factory.

Chrome Tuners, Blue LED inlays with XII in the 12th fret slot.


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#37
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Let me go through this... I have two babies

*takes a deep breath*



Am I meant to be doing both of those?

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6 strings
offset waist...


Wow, sounds hot. Who's making that then?
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#38
Quote by mhylands
Ibanez BTB575FM Transparent Grey Finish, enough said, that's my signature model, haha.

But really, I'd probably put a XII for the twelfth fret inlay, possibly upgrade the tuners (though they are fine stock), maybe add some scratchy looking emblem to it, personally sign it. That's about all I'd change to make my personal signature, it's just too perfect as is!

http://ibanez.com/bass/guitar.aspx?m=BTB575FM

That's cool, because Ibanez needs a signature BTB. I'm pretty sure I'd make mine an EDB, to be honest. I'll think of the specs later.
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#39
Mine:

Jazz Body, white opaque.

Black Pickguard

Musicman Humbuckers at neck and bridge with a split coil pickup inbetween, three volume nobs rather than a blend.

3 band Eq + Slap/Scoop Switch

5 String

Active/passive switch.

Ebondy Fretboard (no markings at all).

Bolt on.

All the machineheads on one side (unlike my current bass which has the fifth on the right side.

Is there a prgramme where you can build basses? I know theres one for 6 strings but what about basses?
#40
Mine would be:
5 string neck through on a Telecaster guitar body, scaled up a bit to fit the scale if need be and a little bit more aggresive styled horns

Black to a dirty silver burst paint with a painted headstock

All black hardware with chrome accents

Carbon fiber pickguard

Active pickups with a 3 band EQ with the little scrolly bars on the non cutted horn

Orange LEDs on the top of the fretboard as fretmarkers

Goddamn
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