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My Jimmy-inspired build

Discussion in 'Roscoe Basses' started by Pacman, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Joe told me I should start a thread on this, so why not.

    At the Roscoe GTG in Greensboro, Jimmy Haslip talked about his LG, and was asked about the pickup slant. He explained it in a combination "duh"/and "why didn't *I* do that?" moment. He said he convinced Keith to do the slant (remember he's playing upside down) so the pickup is a little closer to the bridge on the bass side and closer to the neck on the high side. This gives him a little more warmth on the C string, and a bit better articulation down low.

    So after I got a chance to play his bass (mahogany body, pau ferro fingerboard), I knew that ash (what I had on my current, now Joe's) LG was not for me. I really wanted a copy of Jimmy's bass.

    Well after talking to the Gardfather, discussing aesthetics, ergonomics (and being shamed about building a "fanboi" bass :D ) I settled on a build inspired by the man, but reflecting my own tastes and style as well. So here's what we came up with:

    SKB3006 (my other 3 Roscoes are SKB, and I really like the body style)
    Mahogany body/Quilt maple top
    3 piece maple/purpleheart/maple neck
    Pau Ferro fingerboard
    Bartolini classic pickups/Bart 3 band preamp
    "Reversed slant" pickups
    Royal blue transparent finish

    and the top we chose?


    So this will be developing over the next few months. To say I'm excited is a HUGE understatement!
  2. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    I had always thought that the reversed slant to the pickups would be good for both the lows and the high C string. This should be interesting. :)
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  4. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    Sweet top, and awesome concept for the build.

    I am glad you chose the body style you like (and have on your other basses) rather than copying the LG, and the colour choice is pretty cool as well. I am a sucker for almost all of Roscoe's trans gloss finishes on a nice quilt top like that, but the various types of blue really stand out as different (better!) than what any other builders are doing.
  5. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs, Jule Amps
    I'm glad I'm not the only one. In many years of owning various basses I have only had one ash-bodied bass that I really liked (a Zon lightwave fretless). And I've tried and tried others but there is just something about that wood that doesn't give me wood. I know most people dig it and as they say, "different strokes..."

    Sweet looking build btw. Interested to hear the results.
  6. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Looks nice.
    When I read the title of the thread, the first thing I thought of was JimmyM and you were having Roscoe build you a custom P Lyte !
  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Sounds and looks awesome.
    And I'm with you on the woods - that's why my dear Zon has a Guanacaste body (very similar to Mahogany). And sounds sooooo sweet.
  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    This makes perfect sense to me, Pacman. Of course, I'm one of those oddballs who prefers the sound of reverse-P p'ups, so feel free to discount my opinion. :)
  9. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Hey now, the ONLY comment I made was that you couldn't make the color bright yellow. That would be going too far.

  10. pantherairsoft


    Apr 22, 2009
    Derby, UK
    Thats a seriously good idea... Actually, adding the warmth to the highs and brightness to the lows is a GREAT idea!!! Gard - has my LG been routed yet!? ;-)
  11. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    Royal Blue FTW! How's about calling it "Fat Albert"?


    God Bless, Ray
  12. Bipslapper

    Bipslapper Well Ahoy, Paloi Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Cape Cod, MA
    Cool Jon! I feel somewhat related to this build from that awesome weekend with Jimmy and you boys. We discussed this in the car and at Gard's house quite a bit and I think it's a wonderful concept. Subscribed!
  13. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Awesome top Jon!

    This one will be fun to watch come together!

    ... and I'm really glad that you decided to build it! ;)
  14. VroomVroom

    VroomVroom Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    This is seriously exciting. I absolutely love the call on the finish, Jon. I remember having a few, "Did I really spec that?" moments with my blue bass, but less than a nanosecond into seeing it, I was ecstatic. Yours? Over that top, and against a pau ferro board? Three words come to mind: Dee. Lish. Ous. In your hands this is going to be an amazing spec - I can't wait to hear the music that comes from this instrument. Kudos!
  15. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    This will be fun to watch...
  16. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Ibanez has been doing it on some basses for years.

    I always wondered why more builders didn't do it. It never made sense to me to slant the other way.
  17. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
  18. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    So, Gard was kind enough to give me an update today. The crew couldn't find the exact finish color I was looking for, but I'm *very* pleased with this alternate choice:

  19. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Do you call it a "bruised" SKB because it's black & blue? :bag:
  20. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Is it a burst finish or is it just the lighting?

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