1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TB Android app is working, you may need to uninstall/reinstall. The iPhone app is still pending approval by Apple. If you haven't yet, try using your mobile browser - TalkBass is responsive to any screen size.

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

3 Wood Challenge: Nomad98 Semi-hollow 4banger?

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

  1. Nomad98

    Nomad98

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    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)?



    DESIGNS AS THEY STAND NOW:

    OPTION ONE:
    [​IMG]

    OPTION TWO:
    [​IMG]

    OPTION THREE:
    [​IMG]


    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!

    -Nomad98
  2. kris pung

    kris pung

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2003
    Likes Received:
    0
    All of them look great but I would pick option 1
  3. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Disclosures:
    Sponsored by The Letter G
    My vote is #2!
  4. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    Flamed and Birdseye maple are considered two different woods. The criteria is that the pieces could have been from the same board.
  5. dremy2006

    dremy2006

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    awesome stuff... I like 3... 1 is cool too
  6. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    I like #1 a lot...but I personally can't stant pickguards at all, so there you go.
  7. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Likes Received:
    1
    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:
  8. Corey Y

    Corey Y Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2010
    Likes Received:
    11
    Option #1 as a 33" scale would be pretty sweet.
  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Likes Received:
    10
    #1 looks very nice.

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

    Nomad98

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    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?
  11. 15000volts

    15000volts

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    option 1, but with the pickguard from option 2
  12. Nomad98

    Nomad98

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0

    A quick Photoshop and we have OPTION 4:
    [​IMG]
  13. gitlvr

    gitlvr

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    Option 4!
  14. Ninja>Pirate

    Ninja>Pirate Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
  15. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    Option 4!


    (got caught up in the craze)

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

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Likes Received:
    10
    I still like #1
  17. dcalde78

    dcalde78

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2012
    Likes Received:
    0
    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. WinstonNilesRum

    WinstonNilesRum

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Option 4
    8 string octave bass!
  19. mazareth

    mazareth

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2008
    Likes Received:
    0
    I vote for option 2 or 4 as a 30" scale 4 stringer. A rosewood fretboard would get you to 3 woods...
  20. duckbutter

    duckbutter

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    Option #1, I like the look without the pg.

Share This Page