I made dis- Bass Mark One

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by skeels, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. skeels

    skeels New Member

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    Maple/padauk neck thru
    Walnut/aspen wings
    Black limba top
    Ziricote fingerboard with MOP offset dots
    35" scale
    Grover tuners
    Belcat pickups w/coil splitting
    No name bridge that weighs about nine pounds
    Incredibly long and boring backstory that involves international intrigue, death and questionable moral character

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    Aside from some little flaws that drove me absolutely out of my mind, she came out fairly nice. I am pretty pleased with the aesthetics of it and the sound is good- she's fairly bright even without the splitting and with she thins up and gets pretty wiry. I really loved building a bass and I will be doing more. I made this for an old friend and now our buddy wants me to build a 5 string. I've wanted to make a fanned 6 and a fretless for a while, so the list just keeps on getting longer!

    Anyway, thanks you guys for all the help along the way- I really am grateful for the opportunity to share in this crazy lifestyle!

    Stay tuned!
     
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    Heretic Well-Known Member

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    Three cheers for questionable moral character!

    Also, really cool bass man. That padauk stripe looks great.
     
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    Super cool! What kind of bridge is that? I think it looks awesome.
     
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    poro78 Well-Known Member

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    Sweeeeeeeet! Yay! :thumb:
     
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    Adam Well-Known Member

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    I REALLY need to make a bass.
     
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  6. skeels

    skeels New Member

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    Thanks guys! It was really fun to do something that wasn't a guitar, but still a kind of guitar. Definitely gotta do some more. Although I haven't even built a regular 6 string guitar yet, sooooooo....

    Yeah, Mark, the padauk has stayed red for a long time. I kept expecting to wake up one day and see it had browned but there she is.

    Also, again I'm not sure of the brand name of the bridge, but I like it.
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Nice job, Skeels! Looks sweet!
     
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    That headstock! As my mother used to say "you'll have an eye out"
    Seriously through excellent work!
     
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  9. Duplex Dave

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    Great job! Beautiful instrument even if someone had to parish in the process.
    9 lbs. bridge can only do good things for a nice bass like that.
     
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