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Seth Kimmel #32 6 String

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by tappingtrance, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    So having played my Seth Kimmel #28 5 string for about 7 months I met with Seth and we designed a 6 string. More modern looking or less ornamental (?) chopped the scroll off, no purfling, distinct gamba shape and the same fingerboard width as my 5 string with a string length of 38 1/4". Obviously the strings are closer and I like that a lot! I have played it for about two weeks and back east here it has been extremely snowy, frigid and lacking humidity yet the wood is speaking quite nicely. Alaskan Sitka Spruce on the top, quartersawn maple on the sides and black walnut on the back. Flatback with a soundhole on the shoulder both for ornamentation and functionality.
    A note on the stain. Seth has a 1928 Martin guitar that is small and sounds big. He copied the guitar and put this purple stain on it that I really like, and keeping with the theme "let's make this special" he used it on the bass.

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  2. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    here are more pics of #32 Seth Kimmel

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  3. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    here are more pics of #32 Seth Kimmel

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  4. Eric Hochberg

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    Beauty! Low string is ? and how does it do with the short scale?
  5. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    The bass is tuned E/A/D/G/B/E/ like a guitar but down an octave. The short scale is fine as I had the exact fingerboard width and scale on my Seth Kimmel 5 string. I love this scale.
  6. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    here are more pics of #32 Seth Kimmel

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    Schoolhouse Thomas Andres- Bass Makers

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    Congratulations, both to you for supporting modern makers and to Seth for his willingness to make such a unique instrument.
  8. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Thomas for your comment - I love tradition but I am always looking for the sound and feel for myself. Seth has been great to work with and adapt his thinking to new designs. I applaud the tradition of bass making, I marvel at it, so why not take a chance on a new design I say!
  9. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member

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    Beautiful instrument! Congratulations!
  10. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

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    Seth is the man! Great builder, great all around fellow and friend!

    j.
    www.condino.com
  11. NickyBass

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    I recently got one of Seth's business cards with this picture on it, and I really loved the design. It's good to hear more about the bass. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the new instrument!
  12. Nathan Levine

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    Ummmm.... Wow. The saxophonist, composer and bandleader John Lurie had a label years ago that he called Strange and Beautiful Music. I hope that whatever music you make on this instrument fits that title somehow. Not sure this would blend in exactly on a straight ahead jazz gig.
  13. gottliver

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    Wow, wow, wow.
  14. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    I need to get one of those business cards!
  15. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    Well you just hang on the normal 4 strings, admittedly the top two strings are more sonorous and speak out when bowed, but for soloing in pizz think of a 6 string electric sound. Here is a recent example of using the new bass in our band. http://snd.sc/1kz8b20
  16. Heifetzbass

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    Bad Ass! Love it! Seth is the man, and what a great dude!
    Enjoy!
    Brian
  17. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Gold Supporting Member

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    Seth is the man, extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

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