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RIM Custom 8 string Swallowtail Marseer for David

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by RIM Basses, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi All,

    Been busy working on my latest batch of basses and wanted to share the build on this crazy 8!

    Marseer Swallowtail body
    7 piece maple/wenge neck with maple pinstripe veneers
    Figured top,back and headstock cap to match
    Ziricote bound fretboard 28 frets
    12 fret "RIM" Inlay
    Hipshot hardware in black and gold
    Delano MM Custom Pickup
    Audere Z mode 3 Band preamp

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    More soon,

    Robbie.
  2. dremy2006

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    looks good
  3. Grant Bass

    Grant Bass

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    that neck is maple/wenge??
    it looks like limba or somthing?
  4. captainhaddock

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    Well spotted that man it is a Limba/Wenge neck!
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    Beautiful stuff, as always, Robbie! Personally, I can't fathom how to even begin playing anything with an aircraft-carrier neck like that, but that doesn't mean it's not a lovely build!
  6. captainhaddock

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    Thanks for your Kind comments,yeah I know what you mean I've got to get my head around how to play it when she's finished as well!!!!!!!!!!!!:help::bassist:
  7. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi All,

    Few more pics for ya all!

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    Claro Walnut Bkmatched top for Davids top, its gunstock grade and looks real nice. Also had time to trim the Ziricote fretboard, will re-trim soon for the 4mm limba binding.

    Enjoy!

    Robbie.
  8. captainhaddock

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    Dude ya didn't post a picture of the Headstock veneer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bag:;)
  9. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi All,

    Quick update from the UK at Rim Towers! Got some more work done on David's 8 string neck, binding all sorted and Walnut cap on headstock with pinstripe detail on the side of neck and headstock.

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    More soon,

    Robbie.
  10. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi All,

    Quick update on Davids 8 string, headstock is now drilled out for the hipshot tuners and side markers to go in soon. Will be sending the neck off for " Rim " laser inlay at the 12th fret.

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    More soon,

    Robbie.
  11. Phil Jolly

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    Beautiful work robbie, its nice to see more luthiers in the uk (not that i am one... :bag: )
    Interesting neck wood combo, and i'm loving the ziricote Captain ;)
    One question, will the fretboard be extended all the way to the pickup and act like a ramp? I don't know if that's possible to do but i think it looks nice :D Cheers.
  12. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for the kind words, glad you are liking the build. About the fretboard and pickup location, the board has 28 frets but im still going to have around 50mm gap between the end of the board and pickup. I want to see as much of the figured top as possible, looks like that monster pickup will take up most of the body lol!
  13. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    Very cool. Any particular reason you didn't use your signature slotted headstock?
  14. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    My customer wanted to go with a standard headstock with hipshot tuners bud.
  15. RIM Basses

    RIM Basses Custom Basses from the UK

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    Hi All,

    Been a while since my last update on David's 8 string monster, ok ive now got the body profiled and should have the pocket and cavity done soon.

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    Robbie.
  16. crazygtr

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    Is that a flat radius on that board? looking very good. subbed.
  17. CholisGuitars

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    Wow, this bass looks fantastic! Well done!
  18. Musiclogic

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    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Looking great Robbie
  19. captainhaddock

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    Cheers thanks for the positive comments,
    As far as I can remember,Robbie and I decided on a radius of 40" inch but that could still change!!!!!:bag:
  20. Dave Higham

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    No such thing as a flat radius. :bag:

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