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Posted by H Tovey (195.93.33.8) on October 25, 2002 at 12:42:28:

I am a university design student in england. I am trying to design a true bassists bass for my final year project. To that end I have created a questionnaire that I am trying to get as many bassists as possible to fill in. If anyone reading this would please take the time to fill in there answers and post them i would be very grateful. Thanks H.

BASSISTíS QUESTIONAIRES

1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
A: 4
B: 5
C: 6
D: Other (please specify)

2: What is your preferred scale length?
A: 30Ē
B: 32Ē
C: 34Ē
D: 35Ē
E: Donít know
F: Other (please specify)

3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
A: 38mm
B: 40mm
C: 41mm
D: 42mm
E: Donít know
F: Other (please specify)

4: Do you have a preference between?
A: Headless bass
B: Headed bass
C: No preference

5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
A: Maple
B: Rosewood
C: Ebony
D: Wenge
E: Ebanol (plastic)
F: No preference

6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
A: Bolt on
B: Set neck
C: Through neck
D: No preference
7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
A: An angled headstock
B: A string retainer headstock
C: No preference

8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
A: 4 in line tuners
B: 3x1 tuners
C: 2x2 tuners
D: No preference

9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
A: Single action
B: Double action
C: No preference

10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
A: Headstock adjustable
B: Body adjustable
C: No preference

11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
A: 19
B: 20
C: 21
D: 24
E: No preference
F: Other (please specify)

12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
A: medium
B: Jumbo
C: Vintage
D: No preference

13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
A: Front dots and side dots
B: Side dots only
C: No preference
D: Others (please specify)

14: Do you use strap locks?
A: Yes
B: No

15: If yes, what brand do you use?
A: Schaller
B: Dunlop
C: Other (please specify)

16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
[ ] Finger style
[ ] Slap
[ ] Plectrum

17: What type of music do you normally play?


18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3

19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
A: All the time
B: Regularly
C: Occasionally
D: Not very often
E: Never

20: Would you use piezo pickups?
A: Yes
B: No
C: No preference

21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
A: Active
B: Passive
C: No preference

22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
A: 2 band EQ (bass, treble)
B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)
C: Other (please specify)

23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
A: Active
B: Passive
C: No preference

24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
A: Single Coil
B: Humbucker
C: No preference

25: What orientation do you play your bass?
A: Right handed
B: Left handed

26: What style instrument do you prefer?
A: Vintage
B: Modern
C: Retro
D: Rock
E: Other (please specify)

27: What is your preferred body material?
A: Alder
B: Ash
C: Mahogany
D: Poplar
E: Basswood
F: Luthite
G: Graphite
H: No preference
I: Other (please specify)

28: What is you finish preference?
A: Natural wood
B: Stained wood
C: Solid colour
D: Sunburst
E: No preference

29: What is your preferred string routing?
A: Through bridge
B: Through body
C: No preference

30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
A: Yes
B: No

31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
A: Yes
B: No

32: Do you adjust the intonation?
A: Yes
B: No

33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
A: Plastic
B: Bone
C: Tusq
D: Graphite
E: Brass
F: Adjustable

34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
A: Yes
B: No
C: No preference

35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
A: Yes
B: No
C: Donít know

36: When playing do you hold your bass?
A: Up near the rib cage
B: Near the chest
C: Near the waist
D: Below the waist
E: Other (please specify)

37: What make and model bass do you currently play?


38: What is your dream production bass?


39: Would you play a fretless bass?
A: Yes
B: No
C: Donít know

40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
A: Yes
B: No
C: Donít know

41: What is your preferred tuner type?
A: Vintage
B: Sealed mini
C: Microlite

42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G

43: Do you change your tuning?
A: All the time
B: Regularly
C: Occasionally
D: Not very often
E: Never

44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
A: Rear routed cavity front mounted
B: Front scratch plate mounted
C: Other

45: What type of strings do you use?
A: Stainless steel
B: Nickel
C: Flatwound
D: Coated (e.g. Elixir)
E: Donít know

46: What is your preferred string gauge?


47: Where do you prefer your bassís jack socket to be positioned?
A: Front
B: Side


48: What type of knob do you prefer?
A: Domed knurled
B: Flat top knurled
C: Witch hat numbered
D: Speed dial numbered
E: No preference
F: Other (please specify)


49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
A: Yes
B: No
Please give reason:


50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
A: Yes
B: No
If yes please list:


51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
A: Yes
B: No
If yes please give details

52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?

53: Any other comments


Thank you for completing this questionnaire.




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