After years of pining away for a custom bass, I found myself putting down a deposit with Brady Muckelroy. I had looked into several builders, but after the dust settled Brady's stellar reputation and the beauty of his past builds won me over. IMO, compared to many other custom builders, his prices and wait times cannot be matched(though as the word gets out, I expect this to change a bit. Get your orders in!). Brady is extremely knowledgable, and he will patiently work with you to figure out what will best suit your needs. Another VERY cool thing, he sends update snapshots of the build so that you can watch your baby take shape!
The bass I had in mind wasn't something super flashy, but a, active/passive workhorse with great versatility and classic good looks. Here are some of the specs:
Scale: 32" - Standard 19mm 4 string spacing.
Body Style: Bernal (Grabbed me the first time I laid eyes on it!)
Body Woods: Nicely figured Mahogany with a Birdseye Maple center cap/ on a Mahogany tone block. The Maple is flanked with Bloodwood stripes.
Neck: Rock Maple - 39mm nut width (right in-between a Jazz and a P)
Fingerboard : Birdseye Maple w/ radiused edges.
Headstock: 2+2 with a Mahogany cap.
Pickups: Reed James Custom ALNEO soapbars.(KILLER
The control layout will be will be a master volume (push/pull for active/passive), blend, tone, pickup switching (series/parallel), and 3 band EQ.
We are 4 weeks into the build (actually, just since I made a deposit!) and Brady is making great progress! Here are the pics so far:
Rock Maple Mockup
FingerBoard Glued Up
Neck Cut to Size / Pre-Carved
Body Wings In The Sun
Tone Block and Glueup
Body Roundover/Tummy cut
I am SUPER STOKED!!
Hope you guys enjoy the pics!