Edit: here's a demo I finally got recorded! http://youtu.be/FZzSAQIMlls
So I ordered this bass over a year ago, sometime in November of 2011, and it finally came in last monday. I'm a little late, but I didn't want to start the thread 'till I had some good pics.
I will say this. Chris Stambaugh (Stambaugh Designs
) is a madman. I'm not sure if there's anything he won't build. From 8-string acoustics, to 11 string basses, he just won't say no. If there's a problem, he works through it. And his prices are ridiculously low. Take your best guess for what an instrument like this should cost, and divide it by at least two. He even surprised me with a few extra things on here I didn't even ask for.
11 strings tuned C#0-F#0-B0-E1-A1-D2-G2-C3-F3-Bb3-Eb4
37-32.5" scale with 9/10 fret parallel
Maple, Bubinga, Walnut and Figured Mahogany neck woods
Morado fingerboard with flame-maple binding
Morado pickup covers
zero fret with graphite bridge
MOP inlay at 27/28th fret
Mahogany body wings
Custom body shape, slightly chambered
Claro Walnut top, back and headstock cap
2 Aero custom split coil pickups
1 aero single coil pickup, covers D2-Eb4 strings
Aguilar OBP-3 preamp
GHOST piezo system with Bartolini piezo buffer
Piezo/split coil pickups with Aguilar preamp
Aero single coil pickup with tone and volume control
Hipshot ultralite tuners on C#0-E1 strings
Sperzel tuner on A1 string
Sperzel locking tuners on D2-Eb4 strings
Dunlop recessed straplocks
The bass plays beautifully and has amazing sustain!
The controls are:
neck/bridge pickup blend
mid frequency selector
"guitar" output tone
It weighs about twenty or so pounds, but it's really not that bad if I'm actually playing and not just standing there holding it. The long scale took no getting used to, and I don't even notice the fanned frets. It just feels natural. Though the neck is monstrously wide, It's not that hard for me to get around on. I can comfortably play all the strings up to the tenth fret, then it starts to taper off about one string every four or so frets. The shape of the neck is pretty comfortable, a sort of widened "C" shape.
The only problem I really have is neck dive. When I'm sitting, I can even up the weight by pressing down with my right arm on the body and pseudo-supporting it with my left hand. Standing is another story, and after an hour or so of playing my left hand and shoulder start to feel it, but I can't say I'm surprised by that.
I'll get soundclips up on this thread one day whenever my classes have settled down.