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Waghorn Guitars - Carved top RD Clone

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Asomodai, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Asomodai

    Asomodai

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    Hey guys.

    Just thought I would tell you about a bass I commissioned to Waghorn guitars of Bristol (UK). http://www.waghornguitars.com/

    Essentially I wanted an RD bass with a more modern exclusive look. I figured that a "RD Supreme" Would be ideal.

    The initial idea was to take this.

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    But with the wood and finishing of one of these.

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    And mash them together.

    My spec is as follows.

    Gibson RD Artist copy.
    34" scale, 19mm string spacing.
    4 String. Right handed. Emphasis on better balance and more lightweight then the original.
    Shallow carved top.
    Neck thru, mahagony/maple neck with black "ebony" like fingerboard.
    Maple body wings. Fancy dan flame maple bookmatched.
    Black/white/black scratchplate and clear scratchplate.
    Compound neck 11 to 15.
    Vintage brown burst, with extra brown dye sunburst finish to accentuate the flame, to give it almost 3D effect. Black headstock front.
    Body, neck and headstock bound.
    Brass nut.
    Les paul Supreme a-like fingerboard inlays. (Split block)
    Hardware will be gold throughout. Hipshot 3 point supertone bridge, Hipshot ultralight tuners with Drop D tuner on low E (Big clover ear ones with the larger hole size)
    SGD RD copy Humbucker style pickups to be installed in standard Gibson RD Artist positions.
    ACG Filter based pre-amp. EQ-01.
    Gecko headstock inlay (I keep Geckos).

    Here are some photos so far.

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  2. Basshappi

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    Wow, that looks great already!
    Looking forward to seeing this come together.
  3. pklima

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    Damn that looks niiiice, and it's gonna look even better. I used to have an RD Artist guitar btw. Are you going to do crazy active electronics with lots of switches, or something less RDish?
  4. Essen

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    Very nice, subbed!
  5. Blue Blood

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    Very cool!
  6. Hopkins

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    This looks absolutely fantastic.
  7. joseplluissans

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    Beautiful! Subbed!
  8. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

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    Excellent! Subbed!!
  9. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish

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    +1 :hyper:
  10. Asomodai

    Asomodai

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    It has a 4 dual concentric pot ACG Filterbased pre-amp going in. But yes, there will be lots of other knobs doing things!

    There are pilot holes drilled for a such a thing.
  11. pklima

    pklima

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    Oh that's awesome. Off the beaten track, like the original RD series electronics, but probably a million times more useful.
  12. pedrodelawasp

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    Oh my... that is utter FILTH! Gorgeous bass :hyper:
  13. kesslari

    kesslari Supporting Member

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    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Wow. Simply stunning.
  14. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    That's gonna be nice.
  15. Konquest

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    In the words of Ron Bugundy: "That escalated quickly!"
  16. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered 8er Supporting Member

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    First of all - WOW - completely gorgeous!!

    However,

    How do you plan on achieving this goal? I drooled all over the photos so far, but I didn't see any chambering. I know the tuners will help a bit, but are you specifically selecting lightweight wood stock perhaps?
  17. Asomodai

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    Specifically lightweight wood, Hipshot ultralites. There will be a stringthru rout which cuts halfway into the body. This allows the string thru option and be able to use standard long scale strings rather then extra long scale ones.

    Just bits and pieces. It wont eliminate it all, but will help.
  18. Big John66

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    Very cool! My first real bass was a RD Standard. I loved that bass more than life itself, but man was it heavy! This looks like a really cool, classy updated version. Can't wait to see it done!
  19. Andii Syckz

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    Always wanted an RD bass, even build one. But this is phenomenal !!!
  20. kohntarkosz

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    This looks amazing. I love the RD shape.

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