ACG Finn SC Classic 6 string - Build Thread

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  1. eude

    eude

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    Well, having sold on my ol' Shuker 6 string bass, I'm using the proceeds to help fund a new custom ACG!

    If you're familiar with ACG basses, you really owe it to yourself to check them out. Operating out of Scotland, Alan Cringean's skills are up there with the finest bass luthiers in the bass world today.
    Here's the website >> A.C. Guitars - Hand Crafted Basses & Guitars

    Anyway, the idea is to create a very compact, very easy playing and dang sexy 6 string bass with a wide range of sounds from modern to traditional.

    Here's the run down on the specs >>

    6 string Finn SC Classic
    Bolt-On Construction
    33" Scale
    16.5mm bridge spacing
    52mm nut width

    Body
    Medium-weight Ash Body
    Ziricote Top with Black Veneer
    Wenge Back with Black Veneer

    Neck
    5 piece Wenge/Sycamore Neck (very slim bits of Sycamore to create a "pinstripe" effect)
    Fretted Ebony fingerboard no radius
    Ziricote Cap on the front of the headstock, Wenge Cap on the rear

    Hardware
    2 ACG SB Pickups (in yet to be determined locations, would be interested in speaking to folks with 33" LowEnd Jazz Basses)
    East U Retro with Passive Tone
    Black Hipshot Hardware
    Through Body Stringing on B String
    Single Battery Box

    Here's a quick pic of the Ziricote
    [​IMG]

    Will sort out pics of all the other bits once they're sorted.

    Very very excited about all this :)

    Eude
  2. Scoopbass

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    I'm not suprised you're excited Eude. That ziricote is a stunning piece of wood. I'm looking forward to seeing the pinstriped neck laminates although I'm *definately NOT* looking for ideas for the next one. I have enough ACGs now...

    That being said the idea of an amboyna topped twin neck guitar and bass (6 & 4) has been on my mind recently but I'm desperately trying to squash the idea before it gets serious. Finn shaped... *mental note: Stop thinking about it!*
  3. eude

    eude

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    Cheers Scoop.
    Yeah, I really like the idea of a kinda "pinstripe" effect. Toyed with the idea of 5 bits of Wenge with 4 "pinstripes" but that might get a bit expensive, a 9 piece neck is probably a little over the top anyway.

    Double necked guitar?
    Sounds cool, I guess when you play both it would be pretty handy, however I worry about your back!

    My GAS problems are not helped in the slightest by having rough spec sheets typed up for all the basses I would like to order, I think the list currently includes another 7 ACGs!
    I'm just ticking them off one by one... ;)

    Eude
  4. Scoopbass

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    My back worries too, trust me.

    If I could find another couple of billets of white limba which are as lightweight as that being used for the fretless build it'd be no problem.

    Damn, I'm thinking about it again. No no no...
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  6. eude

    eude

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    Quick update...
    I've changed my mind about the shape, I'm going to go with the Skelf SC shape instead, so hopefully it'll look a bit like this >>
    [​IMG]

    But a little shorter, wider, with 1 extra string, and with slightly different woods...

    Cheers,
    Eude
  7. eude

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    Bit of progress on the bass...

    [​IMG]

    I'm one excited little Eude :)
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice! I love Alan's work! :cool:
  9. Scoopbass

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    Doing the happy dance Eude? :hyper:

    Looking good, mate!
  10. eude

    eude

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    Thanks Dave, I am indeed, in between buttons clicks on the Mac of course ;)

    Eude
  11. eude

    eude

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    More work done on the Skelf...

    [​IMG]

    Happy time!

    Eude
  12. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    One cannot imagine getting these pics showing incremental progress and the waiting one has to do for it to be called 'done'!

    Hope it's done soon enough for you. It looks cool. Ordering a new instrument is the way to go!
  13. eude

    eude

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    Thank you mate, it's amazing, it's one of the most torturous and brilliant things combined :)
    Reckon it'll be a few months yet however.
    All I need to do now is work out how I can justify ordering the next one once this one arrives...

    Eude
  14. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

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    That black ebony board looks sharp with the wenge/sycamore neck, eude! I'm looking froward to seeing the body with the ziracote top on it...
  15. eude

    eude

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    You and me both dude :)

    Eude
  16. Scoopbass

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    s'alright I suppose, Eude.

    :p:p:p
  17. eude

    eude

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    Glad you approve, albeit just a little ;)

    Eude
  18. eude

    eude

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    Quick update...

    Because of me being annoying, shifting the goal posts on this build, i.e. changing the body shape, the original piece of Ziracote was a little too small.
    Alan, ever the professional, has sourced another equally lovely piece and here it is!...

    [​IMG]

    Ooooo Yeah!

    Eude
  19. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002

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    Gotta love ziricote. I'm surprised you'd want a wenge back. While it probably isn't going to be very thick, it would still add some noticeable weight.
  20. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

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    I actually like that one better.
  21. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

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    The facings are really pretty thin. I can't imagine a wenge back will add much more weight than maple or ziracote or any other exotic facing would. The core is medium-weight ash.

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