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7 String bass 2.0

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rick0link, Nov 5, 2012.


  1. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    i am taking my 7 string design and going for round 2. this one will be "rainbow" style. the body woods will be cherry/curly maple/cherry/red oak/maple/walnut. the headstock will be curly maple/cherry/curly maple. the neck will be a 5 piece laminate of red oak and maple. the scale length will be 37" across all 7 strings.

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  2. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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  3. Splods

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    That intriguing. Subscribed.
     
  4. Luke19Boarder

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    Also interested to see how this goes.
     
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  6. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Wow, 37 inch is a big scale! :eek: I hope you can get some good strings fot it.

    Can't wait to see the end result on this 7 stringer :) Cheers
     
  7. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    My last one was a fanned fret 7 with the low F at 37". It works great. It sounds tight as hell!

    As far as strings go, i am endorsed by Darkhorse Strings out of Pennsylvania, custom set are no issue. :)
     
  8. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    Great!! :)
     
  9. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    making some progress

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    here is a mock up of what the whole thing will look like.
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    the fingerboard is going to be cocobola and the neck is 1 piece curly maple.
     
  10. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    side lines and dots
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    headstock sketched out
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    headstock cut out
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  11. Splods

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    Please tell me you measured for there to be room for the Machine heads.
     
  12. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    There is plenty of room. This headstock is huge.
     
  13. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    my hands hurt........

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  14. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    check out the headstock/neck transition

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    lookin' good!
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  15. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    sanding is done, thank god........

    the first coat of oil was applied today. the figure of the curly maple just pops!

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    my tuners have not arrived yet, so the headstock remains unfinished for now.
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  16. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    Cocobola nut
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    the ultimate truss rod cover
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  17. HaMMerHeD

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    Man, you really don't mess around when you're building. Looks really nice.
     
  18. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member

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    Thanks dude!!
     
  19. RedMoses

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    Nice Build, Sub'd
     
  20. DonaldR

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    It looks so easy to build such a nice instrument...
    Wow, so different from what you can get in a guitar store!!! This bass seems to have a life LOL!!!
     
  21. HaMMerHeD

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    I commend you for working with red oak. It's not a very common lutherie wood, and I personally find it obstinate to work with. You seem to be able to deal with it pretty well.
     

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