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3 Wood Challenge: Nomad98 Semi-hollow 4banger?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Nomad98, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Nomad98


    Dec 13, 2005
    Just can't resist this challenge for a summer project.

    I am really undecided but these are my options so far but I may not stick to any of them...

    3 WOODS:

    birdseye maple neck and fingerboard
    flame maple body
    sitka spruce top or *flamed maple top

    *Of course if you do the math and I go the flamed maple top, I have extra wood wiggle room (whatever that boils down too)?





    If I go the 4 banger route then they will most likely be 30-33 inch scale. Really been wanting a smaller scale bass to play. Also I think I want some sorta mudbucker type bass (those are options one and two).

    Otherwise I may go the 6 string route with a solid body. That will be a 33 inch scale.

    My last option is to take design one or two and make an 8 string octave bass. If I do that it will be a short scale but the woods will change. I have a wenge/maple/purpleheart neck blank waiting for that project... Just don't know if I want to use it for the challenge because of the woods already in the blank???

    Anyway, good luck to all!

  2. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    All of them look great but I would pick option 1
  3. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Sponsored by The Letter G
  4. Flamed and Birdseye maple are considered two different woods. The criteria is that the pieces could have been from the same board.
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  6. awesome stuff... I like 3... 1 is cool too
  7. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK
    I like #1 a lot...but I personally can't stant pickguards at all, so there you go.
  8. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I like #3.

    The first two, IMO, look a little like Ricky meets Soundgear to me...

    #3, ditch the pickguard, add the sexy soundhole on the bass side (from #2)= WIN. :bassist:
  9. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Salinas, CA
    Option #1 as a 33" scale would be pretty sweet.
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    #1 looks very nice.

    #3 could be cool, but there is something about the pick guard that is turning me off.
  11. Nomad98


    Dec 13, 2005
    WOW, thanks for all the feedback on the designs. I am leaning towards "option one." If I did "option two" it would have the "f" hole (if you want to call it that) of the first design. Option three would need some massaging if I went 6 er but I have been playing my 4 strings a lot lately and really like them.

    Yup I get that... If you count up the woods they are counted as different woods. 1) birdseye, 2) flamed 3) sitka spruce. Am I missing something?
  12. option 1, but with the pickguard from option 2
  13. Nomad98


    Dec 13, 2005

    A quick Photoshop and we have OPTION 4:
  14. gitlvr


    Nov 13, 2009
    No. Va., USA
  15. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    Option 4!

    (got caught up in the craze)

    Edit: Option 4 done as an eight-string!!!
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I still like #1
  17. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
    Option 4, or I like the idea of Option 3 with 4 strings. Looks good as a sixer, and I think it would look great as a 4.
  18. Option 4
    8 string octave bass!
  19. mazareth

    mazareth Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Central Wisconsin
    I vote for option 2 or 4 as a 30" scale 4 stringer. A rosewood fretboard would get you to 3 woods...
  20. duckbutter


    Mar 30, 2005
    Option #1, I like the look without the pg.

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