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Tung's new monster Prat Contrabass Guitar

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tungx, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. tungx

    tungx

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    Hi! I'm Tung, musician from St. Louis. I'm having a new bass built by Prat Basses. This will be my second custom bass; the first was my Fodera Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar which I ordered in 1988, so here we are, over 25 years later!!

    More details to follow!

    :bassist:
  2. Hopkins

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    Congrats man, Oscar is the best in the business.
  3. tungx

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    A grand piano has 88 keys, 88 different notes. My new instrument will have 84 different notes, will have a lower range than a piano, but will not go as high.

    woods involved: wenge, padauk, maple, buckeye burl, maybe swamp ash

    headless
  4. tungx

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    headless
    2-pickups
    multi-scale 34"-37"
    wenge fingerboard
    28 frets
    curly maple/padouk neck
    buckeye burl top
    18mm string spacing
    peanut butter finish
  5. tungx

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    .. and 12 strings..
  6. devo_stevo

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    Disclosures:
    Builder: Brumbaugh Guitarworks
    Cool! I love Oscar's work. This one sounds interesting. Peanut butter finish? Do tell.
  7. tungx

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    Yes, peanut butter. See, first it's hydrolized, using a silver nitrite solution, and then cauterized briefly in a 550 degree oven.

    The result is a beautiful finish that smells nice and gives you a little extra energy! :hyper:

    Of course, in reality, it's gonna be a lacquer finish!
  8. tungx

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    Some folks question whether a full-range instrument like this (12-strings) is still a bass. That's a tough question.

    When we say "bass", aren't we really just saying a short name for bass guitar? Leo Fender designed the Precision with 4 strings, as on an acoustic upright bass. It could just as well have been designed with 6 strings as on a guitar, but an octave lower.
  9. HaMMerHeD

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    Of course, the Bass VI was exactly that.
  10. tungx

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    So here are a couple of shots of woods. The top is buckeye burl. I've chosen the darker one (wenge fingerboard) but it's not set in stone. The lighter one is padauk.

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  11. PaPaVB20

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    Oscar is indeed the best! Will follow this thread closely, I'm sure it will be an incredible bass!
  12. tungx

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    Interesting!! Keep us posted!! :cool:

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