Okay guys and gals, I am beyond excitement. I finally scrounged together enough money to get a custom benavente 7 string single cut.
I'm lucky enough to live in the same town as Benavente so I'll be posting progress pics as my monstrosity is being built.
I know this is a bass that I will have for many years to come so I decided to look for the top woods myself.
Essentially this will be a bass that's tuned exactly the same as a 7 string guitar,only in the bass register.
After countless hours of online searching I found my dream piece of wood. An amazing piece of Maple burl that was big enough to have otherwise been made into a coffee table.
Here's a pic of the edges being chopped off
These little end pieces will make awesome pickup covers
This wood is freakin' amazing
Here she is bookmatched
He has some cutout stencils at his shop so you can get a good idea of what your wood will look like before its built
I ordered a piece of pale moon ebony for the fretboard. It hasn't arrived yet, but he had a small piece laying around so we could get the idea of what it would look like.
Thanks for checking out the pictures and look forward to more in the coming weeks!