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Posted by Zach (198.81.26.140) on November 05, 2002 at 21:36:39:

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)

: 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)
: [ 1 ] Finger style
: [ 2 ] Slap
: [ 3 ] Plectrum

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

All types of jazz (bebop, swing, big band, combo, fusion, smooth jazz), funk, variety

:
: 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) - Custom

: 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?

Roscoe LG-3005 5-string, Roscoe LG-3006 6-string Fretless, MTD Kingston Heir 5-string, BSX T6 6-string electric upright

:
: 38: What is your dream production bass?

Roscoe SKB-3007 7-string

:
: 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

B, E, A, D, G, C

: 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 *** (for fretted)
: B: Nickel *** (for fretless)
: C: Flatwound
: D: Coated (e.g. Elixir)
: E: Donít know

: 46: What is your preferred string gauge?

.125 or .128 low B, all others open

:
: 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: I like the sound of a "woodsy" bass

:
: 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?

I have no complaints about the range...I'm just frustrated that you have to pay so much for some extended range instruments...especially the GOOD ones.

: 53: Any other comments

I love basses from the custom companies because you get precisely what you want. I dig guys like Roscoe, Warrior, Conklin, Ritter, MTD, Fodera, Lakland, F-Bass, and the other companies that build basses for specific players, not just for the masses. I like the idea of having an instrument designed and built to my specifications. But then again, you can't go wrong with a cool Fender Jazz or a MusicMan.

:
: Thank you for completing this questionnaire.




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