HANEWINCKEL basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by modulusan, Jan 23, 2013.


  1. modulusan

    modulusan Supporting Member

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    hello, im thinking build one 5 string bass with pete hanewinckel...

    any advice about building quality, neck feel, sound (of his custom wound pickups too) will be a huge help to go ahead...

    thank for the advice.
  2. malthumb

    malthumb

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    I used to own two Hanewinckel 6-strings. If I didn't suck at 6-string or if they had been 5-strings, I would still have them. Best necks I have ever played. So much so that when I had a custom 5-string made by another luthier, I measured the Hanewinckel necks and had him scale it down to a 5-string. Eight years later I still have that bass and still love the neck.

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  3. modulusan

    modulusan Supporting Member

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    thanks for the input...lovely basses...alder-flamed maple body with pau ferro fingerboard? how you could described the sound of the barts with that wood? pete offer me the IN/out switch but he said works better with his custom pickups. I was thinking in swamp ash or mahogany body.thanks
  4. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Supporting Member

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    Great looking basses IMO.
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Exactly. I've owned two...still have the black one (and I hate black basses, in general) with bart soapbars. The Hanes and DW ABZ 5's have the best "rolled" fingerboards IMO.

    I also own a Rami built by some guy named Cliff.

    Riis
  6. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member

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    I owned a six strings fretless in 2006, if I remember well.
    Nicely built, good finish and good sound/playability. Unfortunately the builder isn't very well known so the used instruments don't hold a very high value... but this is true for all the small and medium builders, so...
    Mine had Barts on it so I can't comment on his pickups, sorry. Hope this helps. :)
  7. modulusan

    modulusan Supporting Member

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    thanks for the input guys...

    My idea is a headless 5 string.

    which kind of woods recomend me? the standard are mahogany, ash and alder. I dont know if add a top since the price will be 200 or more high and I dont think affect the sound of the bass at all.

    thanks...
  8. modulusan

    modulusan Supporting Member

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    in your experience guys...Im thinking about the scale of the bass...

    will sound ok with 33" the low b? or its more to use with high C??

    I like the idea of 33" because looks like a more easy to play and comft neck but Im afraid that the low B dont sound well...
  9. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    If you want to do the 33" make him do the low b string come from the back of the body and an A type hipshot bridge, so you can get a better tension on the b string. I just bought a Hanewinckel signature and its one of the best sounding and looking bass and with the 9 piece neck, amazing!

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  10. T-Bird

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    Hi.

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    Regards
    Sam
  11. modulusan

    modulusan Supporting Member

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    that is a nice one ilustre, how do you find the back of the neck? I prefer flat D profile like the zons.
    congrats.
  12. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    On my bass the neck is a little rounder than my zon but smother and faster.
  13. malthumb

    malthumb

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    Ooops.....missed this question. Hard to answer, though, since I haven't had the basses for several years now. I can say NOT jazz bass, NOT p-bass. NOT Ken Smith (although both had Ken Smith bridges). Probably closer to an MTD type of a tone. The bass that I had made with the same profile has a fairly aggressive, biting tone (a lot of maple). These basses were definitely more mellow than that one is, but could get aggressive with a few knob tweaks. Not sure if that helped.
  14. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    How does the in and out switch work for the pick ups, is it like an active passive switch, mine has one for each pickup but I haven't figure it out.
  15. malthumb

    malthumb

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    This is the graphic Pete sent me when I asked about the controls on my fretted 6.

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  16. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    Mine has two switches one for each pickup so it makes each pickup active and passive, thats really cool!
  17. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    Plus one switch for the midrange frequency.
  18. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

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    I have been playing with the switches and found out that one switch is for the midrange frequency and the other two are a single coil switch for each pickup.

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