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Posted by kt (64.12.96.46) on October 30, 2002 at 20:59:57:

In Reply to: A Bassist's Bass posted by H Tovey 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?

: B: 5

: 2: What is your preferred scale length?
:
c: 34"
:

: 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?
:
: B: Headed bass
:

: 5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
: A: Maple
:
:
: D: Wenge
:
:

: 6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
: A: Bolt on
: headed bass do you prefer?
:
: B: A string retainer headstock
:

: 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:
:
: B: double action
:

: 10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
:
: B: Body adjustable
:

: 11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
: :
:
: D: 24
:

: 12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
:
: B: Jumbo
:
:

: 13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
:
: B: Side dots only
:
:

: 14: Do you use strap locks?
: 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)
: [ 1 ] Finger style
: [ 2] Slap
: [ ] Plectrum

: 17: What type of music do you normally play?
hopefully something good
:
: 18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
: A: 1
: B: 2
:

: 19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
: A: All the time
:

: 20: Would you use piezo pickups?
: A: Yes
:

: 21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
: A: Active
:

: 22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
:
: B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)
:

: 23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
: A: Active
:

: 24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
:
: C: No preference

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

: 26: What style instrument do you prefer?
:
: E: vintage modern

: 27: What is your preferred body material?
:
: I: tough question

: 28: What is you finish preference?
: A: Natural wood
:

: 29: What is your preferred string routing?
: A: Through bridge
:

: 30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
: A: Yes
:

: 31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
: A: Yes
:

: 32: Do you adjust the intonation?
: A: Yes
:

: 33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
:
: F: Adjustable

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

: 35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
: A: Yes
:

: 36: When playing do you hold your bass?
: A: Up near the rib cage
:

: 37: What make and model bass do you currently play?
warwick thumb5 / stingray5 (frtls)
american fender.....
:
: 38: What is your dream production bass?
really tough question
:
: 39: Would you play a fretless bass?
: A: Yes


: 40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
: B: No


: 41: What is your preferred tuner type?
: B: Sealed mini


: 42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G
beadg
: 43: Do you change your tuning?
:: E: Never

: 44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
: A: Rear routed cavity front mounted
:

: 45: What type of strings do you use?
: A: Stainless steel
: B: Nickel
: C: Flatwound
:

: 46: What is your preferred string gauge?
45 65 85 105 125
:
: 47: Where do you prefer your bassís jack socket to be positioned?
:
: B: Side

:
: 48: What type of knob do you prefer?
: A: Domed knurled
:

:
: 49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
:
: B: No
:

:
: 50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
:
: B: No
:

:
: 51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
: A: Yes
:

: 52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?
well.....I like my basses....not a lot of complaints
: 53: Any other comments

:
: Thank you for completing this questionnaire.




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