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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!

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  3. kris pung

    kris pung

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

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Sponsored by The Letter G
  5. Flamed and Birdseye maple are considered two different woods. The criteria is that the pieces could have been from the same board.
  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

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    #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

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    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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