Hey there fellow TB'ers,
My name is Taylor and me and my dad started building guitars about a year and a half ago. We've built 6 guitars and 1 bass so far and the people we've let play them love 'em. In doing so we like doing things different, all original body designs(with some influence of course) and an original headstock shape, paisley fabric under a clear coat, cool electronics and controls, etc. Since the recent popularity of the Bass VI returning I decided to commision ourselves to build our own
but strive for it to be insanely versatile and different(hence the hollowbody), and I think we're on our way to do that.
I've always been intrigued with the original Gibson EB-6 and also the Fender Coronado so I used the shape of the Coronado as a loose basis for the body. The body is made from Poplar and is a nice weight so far. In keeping with the Gibson/Fender influence, I had a Mastery bridge from a previous Bass VI project that never worked out and bought a Maestro Vibrola to go with it! I was nervous at first but once we got everything mounted and strung up it took the tension really well!
We haven't gotten the money to start buying equipment to let us build our own necks so I ordered one from USA Custom Guitars. I called up there and talked with Tommy and he loved the idea, we went with a Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard with no inlays to give it that cool smooth look, also got it with a blank headstock as they couldn't do our shape for us(too complicated) but they did do the tuner holes which was nice
. I went with Kluson style with the Pearloid buttons because I love the way they look! Oh and also a brass nut for that extra sustaining goodness!
The electronics is where I wanted to really go all out. For the pickups I used a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover PAF set for neck and bridge, I used these because both versions of the EB-6 that Gibson made used a PAF in the neck and on the second version it had one in the bridge so after doing a ton of research I found these are the best for the price, and a Duckbucker for the middle which was to aim for a pbass effect with the split magnet and also for that Fender twang in the middle position
. I bought a Stew Mac Free Way 6 way pickup selector which gives every pickup combination except all 3 on sadly
it will have a master volume and a tone control dedicated to the humbuckers and one to the middle p'up and to top it off it'll have a Rothstein Bass Varitone
-Custom Body shape w/ Poplar top/back/side
-USACG Bass VI neck w/ Rosewood/Mahogany
-Bolt on neck
-Maestro Vibrola Tailpiece
-Seymour Duncan Seth Lover PAF set
-Seymour Duncan Duckbucker in middle
-Stew Mac "Free Way" pickup Selector
-Rothstein Bass Varitone
-Kluson Keystone Pealoid tuners(can't remember the maker)
I will continue to upload pictures as it progresses further!