In the works at Brubaker...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Jun 13, 2008.


  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    A couple of interesting developements. Let me know what you think.

    Prototype for the new "Brubaker etc." jazz bass:

    bolt-thru neck joint
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    sculpted headstock
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    I get asked on a regular basis if Kevin builds basses with more than six strings. The only reason he hadn't up to this point is because nobody placed an order for one;)...

    Brubaker 10 string:
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    Getting ready for a gig...
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    :D
  2. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Banned

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    that 10 string looks a bit odd, body looks far too out of proportion with the neck.
  3. Mingus

    Mingus

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    Don't they all?
  4. RickenBoogie

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    I like that "neck-through-bolt" joint. Sort of hybrid neck joint?, haven't seen that before, very smooth looking.
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  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    Pretty much. If you make the body proportional to the neck, the body will likely be two feet wide.
    :D
  7. rrr_o_bbb

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    I was actually admiring how "normal" that body looked for a 10 string. kudos! That first 4 string shown, is that an ash neck?
  8. kringle77

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    Ditto on the neck joint. I came up with that idea years ago but have yet to have a custom built. Why not have better access to the upper frets since you have that great neck joint?
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    I'll pass that question along. I know he decided to keep this at 22 frets to maintain a feel and playing position similar to a 70's Fender Jazz.

    Kevin's been doing this neck joint for almost 20 years now.
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

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    This actually went pretty quick from idea to execution.

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  11. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13. Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh. My. Lord. That burst around the guard is KILLER! My ONLY gripe about the appearance of that Jazz is the knobs. Easily switched, though.
  12. adronchase361

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    Same here.


    But that body looks awfully small compared to the neck. Maybe it's because it's not finished yet (my eyes are strange) and it looks that way. Though when I see 10-strings, the body is usually bigger than that 10-string I see in the picture.

    EDIT: Like everyone else that liked the finish, same goes for me. It looks epic on that jazz! And to me those knobs give the bass a vintage feel to it IMO.
  13. Brad Johnson

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    Thanks. BTW those are the stock Bartolini knobs. I'd imagine custom knobs will be available.
  14. DaneB

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    Man that finish is sexy. You need to take some big wallpaper sized pics for us :p
  15. Hollow Man

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    What a fantastic finish! I already had GAS for a Brubaker, but it just got a LOT worse... :help:
  16. brubakerguitars

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    I just got done playing this thing for a couple hours(harmonics are unreal). I can't wait to play it live on a gig this weekend! It definitely has something going on tonally.

    KB
  17. Lokire

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    That looks amazing! Nice burst! :eek:
  18. contakt321

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    HMM, I love the finish EXCEPT for the burst around the guard. That's just me though.
  19. ROON

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    Literally the ONLY thing wrong with that bass is the two round string tees.
    Pleeeeease, just use one of those long bar ones, it'd look so much cleaner.
  20. j3b3r

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    +1
  21. emjazz

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    Kevin never ceases to amaze me....the last thing we need is another J bass out there.....that's what I thought until I saw Kevin's take on it. Very nice. The only other J I'd consider would be a CallowHill Junk.

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