39"-35" Multiscale Single Cut Stupidity

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Alex Xander, Apr 12, 2024.

  1. Here's a build that started when I purchased a set of pickups for no real reason other than that I thought they were a bargain on Reverb.

    Elysian Trident II


    I'd never heard of the brand before and they were built for a 6 string with a four inch spread in scale.

    Problem - these are a very specific pickup for a very specific purpose. Solution - build a very specific bass!

    Given my affinity for long scales, 39-35" was the selected span.

    The next problem I encountered was designing a body that worked with a 4" span. This took an unreasonable amount of time, as I didn't want to follow Ibanez and Spector's lead by simply putting a fanned fret neck on a standard body shape, especially with such an aggressive spread in scale.

    After much toying about with a pencil and then in autocad, I ended up with a pseudo single cut. I don't really like single cuts as a rule, but I feel that this works.


    I had a friend cut some acrylic templates for the body, which together look like this


    I also have a fretting jig cut for this build, which I'm almost certain will be a one use jig!

    Woods? Buloke, Buloke and Buloke, with a little bit of ash to break it up.

    I put together this neck blank after the talkbass collective talked me out of using the slab for a one piece neck on another build.


    The body laminate is currently in clamps and is a similar make up.

    Hold on tight, this one's going to be a little unusual.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2024
  2. steve_ss

    steve_ss Shiny, let's be bad guys. Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    Southern NJ, USA
    OK, I'm holding on...
  3. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Dig the built in carrying handle! The rail has definitely wagged the dog, but it looks pretty cool. Some single cuts have that “mutant earlobe” look.
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  4. Thanks! I was torn between making it a legitimate single cut and having the handle. While I could still go either way, the handle helps eliminate some of the things I don't like in single cuts. Plus, Mrs Xander hates single cuts, and she's the creative director :cool:
  5. The cutout is cool. I like it enough that I’ll even avoid any comparisons to the G77. :D

    Serioulsy, I do like that look. I’m interested to see what you do with it.
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  6. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Holding on, by the skin of my teeth!
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  7. Flying B

    Flying B

    Apr 29, 2018
    What a load of bulokes! :D

    Seriously, looks like a very original build.
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  8. Those were almost fighting words, Matt!
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  9. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I’m intrigued.

    That design would work quite well with bridge-tuners.
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  10. Hey, I didn’t even mention the guy on the guitarz blog calling the G77 the Dahlek’s handbag. ‘Sides, I’ll fight ya! Just bring some of that Aussie timber over here when we meet up… :smug::roflmao:

    If it helps it’s probably all just jealousy!
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  11. Trailertrash74

    Trailertrash74 Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2020
    Florence AL
    Like it!!! I assume the finished product will be available for viewing by next week!!
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  12. L0ckett

    L0ckett Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2022
    I like it! Definitely giving off Basslabs L-Bow vibes.
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  13. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Inactive Suspended Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Holy heck.

    What tuning will you be aiming for with this one?
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  14. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Looks really cool, I'm in :thumbsup:

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  15. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I's the Jem of multiscale basses!

    Seriously.... Buloke is very dense stuff - that thing is gonna weigh a ton!
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  16. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2023
    Can’t wait to see the finished product ! :woot:
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  17. Sweet! I normally don't care for single cuts, but that is intriguing. Good luck, will be watching
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  18. Cool design, the angles reminds me a bit of the Parker Fly guitars.
  19. Bar Band Bassman

    Bar Band Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Kensington, MD
    I'd sure like to see the headstock design! I think it's awesome!

  20. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I’m here for it.