3 New Watson Basses - watch their construction

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Watson Guitars, Jul 5, 2008.

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  1. I am ready to start a new batch three new bass guitars, one 6 string and two five strings. One will be headless, one fretless and one will be a top-of-the line deluxe version with the best woods available to me. I am planning to document their build histories here on TalkBass and if there's enough interest from TalkBass members I will detail the progress of each over the coming 3-4 months in this thread.

    Let me know what you think. Alex
  2. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Southern Vermont
    sounds awesome, alex. looking forward to seeing the developement of your new instruments.

  3. Nomad98


    Dec 13, 2005
    Count me in on this one... would love to see the build progress.

  4. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    I am interested already!!
  5. OK - I'll get things started on these in the next couple of days so keep an eye on this thread!
  6. Count me in too!
  7. Subscribed..:D
  8. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    I'ma watchin'!
  9. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Should I have to get the pop corn and coke ready? :p
  10. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    Coke? Nah,if you're planning on staying up for three days, speed might be your thing.
  11. callmeMrThumbs

    callmeMrThumbs Guest

    Oct 6, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    I am very interested! I enjoyed seeing a Watson instrument in the latest issue of Bass Player. Very nice work! I look forward to seeing these builds documented.

  12. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    when i work late/all night(stupid hand tools:scowl:) i just crank up the radio, and get a pack of coke
  13. bassmanhamilton

    bassmanhamilton Commercial User

    Nov 21, 2007
    Owner, J. Hamilton Guitars
    Looking forward to watching this!
  14. Subscribed. I love these threads.:hyper:
  15. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    I prefer Inca Kola rather than Coke but none would know what is Inca Kola. I guess that cola (peruvian BTW) can be found in the States under other name once the producer was bought by Coke because they couldn't win in the market share.
  16. tbone0813

    tbone0813 The faithless say farewell when the road darkens.

    Aug 6, 2005
    Grand Prairie, TX.
    I'm in :hyper:
  17. Hi all - I was in the shop today selecting woods for these projects. On the left I have a single cut 5 string bass using Black & White Ebony on the top, Spalted maple on the back, and a neck-through of Maple and Ebony stringers and a Birdseye Maple fingerboard. The center bass is also a single-cut 5-string, short-scale, curly Koa top, Mahogany back and Iroko (maybe)/Maple neck-thru. I had the Koa top from another older project. The one on the right will be a 5-string double cut headless bass with a curly myrtle top and a really nice cedar back. Other details still to be decided... we're still in the formative stage here.
  18. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    I really like the koa... can't wait to see how this one turns out...
  19. OK here's today's progress. I spend a good amount of time this afternoon sawing up a large block of Black & White Ebony (from Laos - very rare) into plates that will become the top and back of one of the basses. Nice wood, very dramatic stuff - should look awesome on the finished instrument.
  20. I also spent additional time on the bandsaw sawing up Iroko wood for the center core section of the short scale 5-string single-cut with the Koa top.
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