This is a build I did a little while ago to visually spearhead my new business called Gildaxe, which is creating custom gilded (gold, silver and copper) finishes on instruments. More on that in a bit. As the bass is already done, I will post in segments to illustrate its progression. I won't give away the ending.., but it turned out better than I could have anticipated! Join my build...
I am a life-long bass player and artist and a chronic customizer. I've never been able to leave anything 'stock' and love designing. I came of age in the 60's and loved the basses being made/played, most of which I couldn't afford. My first bass cost $40, a new Japanese made generic design solid body. My 2nd bass was a used VOX Cougar hollow body. It was Gibson ES-335 style w/a classic sunburst finish and 2 pu's. I really wanted the VOX Phantom bass, mostly because "FANG" (pre-"Sting"
) of Paul Revere and the Raiders played a white one. Fast forward to now-
The other VOX bass that was probably the most iconic late 60's bass was the Italian designed Teardrop bass. Very Italian in that old-world way, re-presented in a very cool modern design persona - both in hollow and solid bodied configurations. Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) played the guitar version and Bill Wyman had his own signature "Wyman Bass", which he actually disliked! My Teardrop build is of solid body nature, and is a hybrid of a few classic basses - namely the Fender Jazz and MM Stingray.
I started w/a single slab of kiln-dried spalted and flamed/figured maple.
Next, I determined a pattern based on pictures as I don't own a VOX Teardrop. Close enough for jazz, as the saying goes.
I cut out the shape, routed, sanded and repeated sanding-sealer coated w/more finish sanding to level the grain.
Positioned a mock-up for the Stingray control-plate placement.
...and placement of an Allparts Fender Autherized unlined ebony fretless J-neck and P-bass bridge cover.
Next stage.., gilding - stay tuned!