My good friend, Andrew Drake, visited this morning and delivered my newest bass. I wanted to share this with the TB community.
Andrew and I began talking about this bass in late March - early April and the build got under way later in April. Andrew was gracious enough to allow me to help in the design of this bass, so everything in design, from body shape to electronics was truly a joint effort between the two of us. I couldn't be more pleased with the result.
The bass is beautiful....a work of art. Craftsmanship and finish are wonderful, second to none. And, best of all it plays like a dream and sounds....well I don't think there are enough superlatives to describe it. It is big and deep, can be punchy, and is very woody sounding. Nothing is like an upright, but this is about as close a facimile as one can have in a bass guitar.
And even better, we came in under budget.
- 32" Scale
- 1 7/16" at the nut; 2 1/4" at 12th position; 2 7/16" at 24th position
- Chambered Swamp Ash core
- Top: Old growth, burled redwood
- Back: A very, very old piece of walnut
- Striping: layers of walnut and maple
- Neck: Eastern Hardrock maple with flame and birdseyes
- Headstock facings, front & back: Ebony
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Inlaid position markers: Maple
- Headstock Inlay: Abalone
- Hipshot hardware...A style bridge
- EMG 35P pup at the neck
- Ghost piezo system in the bridge
- Dunlop straplocks
- Yeah, those are chickenheads!
- Strung with RotoSound Tru Sound 88s....65, 75, 100, 115
- And you'll figure out from the photos, it's fretless
A couple of teaser photos are below....click on the thumbnails, but to see all the glam photos, go to this link: http://www.drakecustombass.com/koogler-fretless
I just had to share this one. It is an absolute keeper. I'm feeling very excited and fortunate to have this bass.
Hope you'll click the link and enjoy the photos.
Thanks for letting me share my excitement.