So last weekend I picked up a couple of project pieces from the family of the late Dave Simmons. I always thought he had interesting basses but never had the time to look into them further... I was stuck on my more traditional look basses at the time.
Anyway, I'm an aspiring builder and long time lurker here and thought I'd get some input from you fine folks to come up with options to complete these basses. Both are the Simmons Echo design and look to probably need some refinishing work and fretwork before mounting hardware, nuts, electronics and all that... I'll start a different thread for the other one once the work begins on it. Echo #06104
First I suppose I'd like to ask what type of wood was used for this top? The center appears to be maple and Indian rosewood (maybe?) with an ebony fretboard and the back ash with a layer of maple between accent lines.
This one will need some sanding and filling and then finished. There's a number of spots on the top that are not so pretty and the stringers are uneven. They must have swelled or moved while sitting in the shop out of climate control. You can feel the slight raised portions between the maple and rosewood on the back of the neck and on the top.
Spots on the top are shown here:
I'll end up routing around the control cavity in order to countersink the cover.
I'm also tossing around the idea of carving pickup covers for a set of Nordy DCs (poles hidden) because the pickup routes are designed for the Barts P45CBC which is no longer made. I could have some made by Nordy with the plastic covers but I figured that while I'm feeling ambitious I might as well go the full monte.
I've also thought about mounting individual bridges instead of the solid frame bridge but I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with it.