New 5-string Fretless - The Moon

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Markpotato, Nov 7, 2012.


  1. Markpotato

    Markpotato

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    Getting started on a new bass. This will be one of three basses in my head right now, this one, a tribute to the moon, in it's current state of planning, will have 30 fret markers, 2 jazz bass style pickups that will be my first try at winding with some fun stereo wiring, walnut neck and body with katalox fingerboard and burl maple top.

    Let me know which of the two variations below look better to you, I'm leaning towards the first one.

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    The top will be carved and the burl will be "eclipsed" by the walnut behind it. The dark woods emphasize the darkness of the moon, notably the katalox, which I feel has a certain moon-like quality to it. The crescent moon at the 12th fret will be cut from a light colored Guatemalan tigerwood, sometimes called mora, or cut from pieces of bone.
     
  2. Grant Bass

    Grant Bass

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    i think it would look cool if your inlay was at the same angle as your fingerboard cut;
    cool build!
     
  3. Markpotato

    Markpotato

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    It feels good to be working on a bass after a long hiatus. And walnut is a joy to work with. Here we have a demonstration of the world famous scarf joint. There's something pleasing about sanding the two boards until you can't see light shine through under a straightedge.

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    An here is some katalox I cut into fretboards:

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    I'm having fun with this one.
     
  4. Markpotato

    Markpotato

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    Slow progress, not going to be fretless anymore, and it's going to one of my favorite bands ever, Kayo Dot.

    This is what the top is going to look like:

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    DSC_0010 by markpotato, on Flickr
     
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  6. Hopkins

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    That's a very interesting top wood you have there.
     
  7. Splods

    Splods

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    That's looking beautiful.

    I really want it to be fretless, but that's because I love fretless bass :p
     
  8. skullservant

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    Awesome! Kayo Dot are great. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out, looks amazing so far
     

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