Named after Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I got this girl back yesterday and I've been fiddling with her since. Of course, I believe all instruments should have feminine names, so I named her accordingly.
Here's all that's in her:
-Swamp ash body
-Blocked and bound all parts neck
-Bill Lawrence J45s
-Badass II bridge
-Blend knob (turns the bridge pup on and off in varying degrees)
-2-way on/off switch that I affectionately call the "beef switch."
The swamp ash body was custom ordered from Warmoth. The day I got it, I spray painted it with Liquitex Emerald Green and topped with acrylic clear.
The neck was retrieved from the TB classifieds. It's got some chunk to keep the funk, unlike the majority of jazz necks I've played. It was a pain in the butt to find a good deal on blocks and binding in addition to having some chunk to keep the funk.
Its wiring is unique, but I like it. The neck pup is always on and that's great because I never got on well with soloed bridge pups. No issues with the blend knob - it works perfectly. I can dial in as much bridge as I want, or none at all. It acts almost like a tone knob, except it proves to be a lot more useful.
The "beef switch" is an odd half-series thing. When the switch is on, the sound becomes thicker, but no so much that it becomes unwieldly. It's just got that extra "oomph."
So yeah, this is a nice bass. It's got a nice punch for fingerstyle and the slap sound is there in spades. No complaints here.
And a picture of Dr. Spunkwater with Raphaela:
Now, for the test runs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hnrrO-slWg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=192NHpj2sA4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq_D8gH9aDY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDYwAeEiZiU