With the Ü-Groove with graphite neck basically done and the Ü-Jay V Quilted Maple on its way to completion, I would like to share with you a new build.
I am currently working on five new basses. My goal is to get The Funk Machine and at the least two other basses to hit the spray booth at the same time, between end of Feb and March.
I thought you might like this one. This is very striking yet minimalist build. It's a black and red bass, loaded with some really cool electronics.
BTW, the other builds will be featured on the FB page and those interested will find the link in my signature. Thank you.
The specs are:
34", 21 frets
Chambered Wenge body
Camphor Burl top with matching headstock
Gabon Ebony fingerboard, 16" radius
2 Bartolini X series p-ups
Audere preamp. V, Bal, B/T stacked, Mid/passive tone stacked, Z switch, a/p switch, mid freq switch, battery LED.
Black custom brass and aluminum hardware and cavity cover.
There will be a ramp too.
Here are the usual sketches. The future owner calls it Cymatics - a cool name is always a good start.
Some wood porn.
A Wenge body is obviously on the heavy side. To avoid ending up with a bass that weights like a building, I could think of three ways and will make use of all three.
1. The body will be chambered, albeit not too aggressively. 2. The top will be 15mm thick, double the size I tend to use. The Wenge thickness is reduced accordingly, thus further reducing the total weight.
3. A deep contour will shave off some more weight.
In the end, I expect the bass to weigh around 7 lbs or so.
Here are a few pictures of the first steps.
Wenge. Guilty as charged.
As always, I route a channel to connect p-ups to the el. cavity. I have been doing this for a few years and I can only recommend it.
The chambers are the now world famous Constellation Chambers™®∞.
And here's the Camphot Burl top glued. I'm glad to be around this wood again. The smell is so addictive it will probably end up being banned. This is the last of a lucky catch. You'll see when it's book matched
I love this wood and I'm always on the look out for a special piece. Would you believe that it is originally from the region where I live, yet I can't find any around here? I've to get it from the other side of the world
So far I have seen quite a few billets with very nice grain. But they all lacked a strong visual identity, something more than just great looking grain. Patience.
This bass will end up in Australia. Not too far actually - although the FedEx lady seemed to disagree.
I hope you will enjoy this build. Thank you!