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Posted by rumblethump (65.165.165.9) on November 03, 2002 at 10:04:17:

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?
: A: 4
: B: 5
: C: 6
: D: Other (please specify)

5

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

34" smallish hands

: 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)

narrow see above

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

have both

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

ebony

: 6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
: A: Bolt on
: B: Set neck
: C: Through neck
: D: No preference

neck through

: 7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
: A: An angled headstock
: B: A string retainer headstock
: C: No preference

angled

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

no preference

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

no preference

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

headstock adjustable, its a real pain to have to take off the neck for adjustment

: 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)

24

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

B

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

A

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

A

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

B

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

: 17: What type of music do you normally play?

Blues,rock,country

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

2

: 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

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

A

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

B

: 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)

B

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

B

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

B

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

A


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

F: all the above

: 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)

Maple


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

B

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

C

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

A

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

A

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

A

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

B

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

C

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

D forearm

: 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)

A

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

Carvin LB75, 68 modified Gibson EB3, Cort Headless with barts, Yamaha BB200 Pbass with Seymour Duncan SPB2 pu

:
: 38: What is your dream production bass?

Lakland Skyline 55-02

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

B

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

B

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

Locking Sperzels

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

4 string eadg, 5 string beadg

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

E

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

A

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

A and B

: 46: What is your preferred string gauge?

fat

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

B

:
: 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)

D

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

B the ones I've tried sounded to sterile
:
: 50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
: A: Yes
: B: No
: If yes please list:

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

A 68 Sunn 2000S vol, treb, bass, presence (mid), bass boost switch>never used

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

weight and balance

: 53: Any other comments

:
: Thank you for completing this questionnaire.




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