Design considerations for ordering a custom bass
Starting points, things to think about:
What is most important to you for this
How do you rank your attachment to:
-"bells and whistles"
-collect-ability (Are you just going to hang
it on the wall?)
Your habits and needs?
-Do you like low or high action?
-Are your hands huge or small?
-Are you looking for a specific sound or a
broad range of sounds?
-Do you wear your bass high or low?
-Do you play hard or with a light touch?
-Do you always use compression or want lots
of dynamic range?
-What types or strings do you use?
-Do you want a hot signal output?
What do you like best about playing bass guitar
What do you like least about it?
Visual design elements:
-Are you a traditionalist? (What's your
-Do you strive for simplicity?
-Do you like smooth rounded shapes?
-Do you like hard edges and fine lines?
-Or some combination of rounded and
-Do you want a totally unique instrument?
-Does weird turn you on?
Sound design elements:
How does the bass sit in your mix?
-Are you buried under 2 screaming guitars and
-Are you trying to differentiate yourself
from a keyboard player with a heavy left
-Would you rather feel your bass than hear
-Do you occasionally play slapping /popping
solos or with a pick?
-Are you a consummate "pocket player" who
needs to link up with the kick-drum at all
-Do you want the widest possible pallet of
tones to work with?
-Are you looking for that perfect signature
How do you see the bass fitting into the
overall sound of your group or the music you
like to play?
Ergonomic design elements:
-Would you like the lightest possible
-Do you need the balance to be neutral?
-Do you stand up or sit when you play?
I know exactly what I want ----> order
I have some ideas and some questions
I have no idea how to design a bass, I'll let
you do that...