Arizona Bass Company - current/past builds

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  1. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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  2. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    I will be starting a new build this week. This one will be for sale

    Specs
    Body - Custom USA made Alder, P style body with J bass pickups
    Finish – tobacco burst with dyes, finished with oil/wax top coat with light "relic".
    Neck – Custom USA made Maple/Maple 1 5/8” width and slim line profile
    Pickups – Aguilar 70’s or Nordstand NJ4 pickups.
    Electronics – USA CTS (select matched by me) 250K tone pots and POI .047uF tone cap wired with vintage style cloth wiring.
    Hardware – Hipshot vintage reverse wound tuners, Fender USA bridge.

    Here is a pic to wet your appitite.

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    Stay tuned for updates.
  3. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Here are some photos of the dye'ing process.

    First I used wood conditioner and let dry over night. This allows the dye to soak in more evenly. Then I started applying the dye. First, lemon yeallow and vintage amber.

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    Then I made a ring of brown (equal parts red and green)

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    Then I added the black

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    after it was all on there, I took a rag soaked in alcohol (I prefer Jack Daniel's) :hyper: Just kidding, the denatured kind works well. (I use the same stuff to mix the dyes) and rub all of the colors together.

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    Here is a photo, front and back, of the body with it's first coat of Sam Maloof's oil/wax finsih.

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    I'll get some photos of the neck up soon. Thanks for looking.

    cheers.

    RobC
    Arizona Bass Co.
    520-591-9926
  4. goldenglory18

    goldenglory18 Supporting Member

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    Looks awesome Rob! I always wondered how "bursts" were created.

    I'm looking forward to our projects. Apparently the bodies should be here on Friday.... :hyper:
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  6. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Thanks man. This one turned out a bit darker than I wanted, but I think she'll turn out nice regardless.
  7. plankspanker13

    plankspanker13

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    It's essentially a "Fenderized" JB-2, with one less fret, but someone's bound to love it. I'll stick to my JB-2's.

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    I do enjoy checking in on your builds, Rob. With age 50 coming, in another 21 months, I suppose that I should save some coin, and commission a signature model from you.
  8. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Nice, you are correct. I'm debating whether or not to put a pick guard on it or not. I may offer it as an option. I appreciate the love my friend.
  9. plankspanker13

    plankspanker13

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    Since it is front-routed, you could do a MM/early G&L take on this, by going with a MM-style plate, should you shun the pickguard. That's a nice option for the buyer to have, in terms of having an instrument that has a classic color, but a less-than typical control layout aesthetic.

    The more I weigh the above paragraph, the more I think that no pickguard should be the way to go, and if you get the right kind of control plate, you might be able to sneak in a series/parallel, or slap contour switch. This would bring you into El Toro territory (a G&L J-on-P-body model that is no-longer made, and was the precursor of the JB-2). DON'T MAKE IT ACTIVE, however; battery changes would be too much hassle.

    If you really take the proper approach, you could do the revered Leo a step or two better, as well as make the beginnings of your own style. Think big!
  10. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the comments man. Yes, I agree with everything you said. I have used a Jazz style plate before that works well. Series/parallel would be a nice mod. There is certainly enough room for it. Thanks for the suggestion.
  11. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Hey folks. I got some more work done on the neck this weekend and she's just about ready to assemble. I am ordering the pickups and hardware tomorrow.

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    I think I'm going with the following accoutumants;

    -Aguilar 60's series Jazz pickups.
    -Passive tone circuit, V/V + Series/Perallel switch in a Chrome Jazz/Music man control plate. (brown tort pick guard optional)
    - Hipshot Vintage style tuners and string retainer.
    - Gotoh 201 bridge.

    More pics to come as shortly.

    Thaanks for watching.
  12. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Hey folks. I got some more work done on the neck this weekend and she's just about ready to assemble. I am ordering the pickups and hardware tomorrow.

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    I think I'm going with the following accoutumants;

    -Aguilar 60's series Jazz pickups.
    -Passive tone circuit, V/V + Series/Perallel switch in a Chrome Jazz/Music man control plate. (brown tort pick guard optional)
    - Hipshot Vintage style tuners and string retainer.
    - Gotoh 201 bridge.

    More pics to come as shortly.

    Thaanks for watching.
  13. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    So most of you know that I don't like "spraying" on finishes. I don't have the tools, knowledge, or space to justice to a lacquer finish, so I use hand applied finishes like oil/wax, oil/poly, wipe on poly, dye'd trans finishes, etc. Today I decided to venture into "Opaque" colors. That is a painted look, using WB hand applied paints.

    I am going to attempt a high gloss "mirror" finish using brushed/wiped on products on an alder Jazz style bass.

    Color - Sage green tinted with a few drops of blue dye

    Finishing scedule:
    1. two coats of WB grain filler.
    2. four coats of milk paint custom color mixture
    3. two coats of WB sealer
    4. X coats of WB poly

    I am trying WB poly cause I don't want the yellowing affect of oil based poly. We'll see how it goes.

    Here are a few pics of my progress so far.

    2 coats of WB grain filler after being sanded.

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    2 coats of custom color milk paint mixture and sanded

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    Photo of matching headstock

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    1 more coat of paint and final sanding tomorrow. then I'll apply two coats of sealer and begin applying the WB wipe on poly.

    Thanks for watching.

    TTFN
  14. pudge

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    That green one is nice!
  15. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Yeah thanks. I have a few more coats of clear on it now. I'll some more picks up today. Peace.
  16. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Here are some updated pics to the "Custom Foam Green" J bass.

    Headstock now has "Curcio" logo decal on it.

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    Body has been dulled by applying carnuba wax with 0000 steel wool. It gave it a nice "vintage" dull/relic'd vibe.

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    I'm debating adding some ashtray pickup covers. Being that the pickups are in the 60's position the bridge pickup will stick out just a hair. I guess I could also upgrade the bridge with a Hipshot "B" bridge or Leo Quan BAII and just use the neck cover a'la Marcus Miller

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    Thanks for looking.
  17. DeepDesertBeat

    DeepDesertBeat Gold Supporting Member

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    Great work. I am very happy with my purchase of the 51' P Bass. Thank you very much for your flexibility and service.

    Tony
  18. plankspanker13

    plankspanker13

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    There will be those who love the ashtray, and those, like me, who will become detractors, if it is employed. To me, an ashtray with the reverse F on it looks out of place, unless on an actual Fender.
  19. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    Hey Tony, glad to hear. thank you for the compliments and the fedback. :bassist:

    LMK if there is anything else you need.

    Rob C.
    Arizona Bass Co.
  20. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

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    O.K. so I wish I could build basses every day as a full time vocation, but unfortunately I still have to work a regular job. So my apologies for not getting these two basses done quicker and posting updates sooner.

    Anyway, these two basses are near completion and will be for sale soon. I am waiting on tuners for the J bass (foam green) and I am waiting on a chrome P bass control plate for the tobacco P/J.

    If all goes well these will be ready for shipping by the end of the week. Asking price will be $599 with standard features as listed below.

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    Here are a couple of pics of them up closer.

    This P bass (with J pickups) will come with S/D designed pickups, USA CTS V/V passive tone circuit with (Vitamin Q) POI .047uF tone cap, standard F style bridge and Hipshot vintage style tuners.

    Options/upgrades
    Pick guard (shown) or chrome control plate - you pick - No up-charge
    Optional parallel/Series switch + $25
    Nordstrand or Aguilar 60's/HC pickups + $100
    Hipshot "B" style aluminum bridge + $75.00


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    The Foam Green J bass will come standard with S/D designed pickups, USA CTS 250K (V/V/T) passive tone circuit with .047uF (vitamin Q) POI tone cap, Hipshot Ultralite clover leaf tuners and standard Fender style bridge.

    Options/Upgrades include;
    Nordstrand or Aguilar 60's or HC pickups + $100
    Hipshot aluminum "B" Style bridge + $75

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    Thanks for looking. I'll post more pics as I complete the basses.

    Cheers.

    RobC
  21. josiah goldfish

    josiah goldfish

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    Hi rob,
    I'm currently refinishing a bass my teacher at school gave me, and I don't have much to spend on it.

    If I stained the outside a blacky-brown, and sanded it on the edges to fade it, could I then go over it in a lighter colour to get the sunburst effect? Could I then seal it in with wax?

    I want to keep it quite natural.

    Thanks rob
    Joe

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