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5 String project (O.P.A.A.T.)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassGreaser, Feb 9, 2019.


  1. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I’ve decided to build a five string dream bass to use in blues, rock n roll, country (old), soul/RnB, and everything else where flatwound strings and passive basses are king.

    Here is the rough specs so far.

    Kiesel B50 body in Alder

    Kiesel bolt-on maple neck with maple fingerboard - 34” scale length, 14” radius, bone nut, vintage sized frets

    Hipshot lollipop tuners and vintage style bridge

    Nordstrand Big Blade J’s

    Stellartone Tele-Jazz controls

    Labella DTF “1954” gauge

    *Bass will be named O.P.A.A.T - One Piece At A Time
     
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  2. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    8C515136-9394-4FAB-9840-27ABDDB4FDE8.

    A sample from Kiesel of the body shape.
     
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  3. I built a B50 from a kit about four or so years ago. The bodies and necks are very nice.

    BnB
     
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  4. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Great undertaking! You just might want to move this to the "Luthier" section for plenty of feedback and advice.
     
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  5. That's a good idea, and you'll get a bunch of tips by very helpful people ...
     
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  6. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Thanks I’m pretty excited about this build as it’s giving me to motivation to start playing again.

    That is a great idea! Know how do i move it over?
     
  7. ^ Contact a Mod.
     
  8. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
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    A quick sample of the color scheme. (The color is a ‘59 Ford Tahitian Bronze)
     
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  9. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    I bought a J5 with a usacg flame neck, roasted mahogany body, fralin +10% Js, same tele bass plate, all hipshot hardware.
    Problem is the original owner took a bath on it when he sold it to me.

    Maybe go slowly with the build by modding a known good basic Squier or mim fender.
    Get the electronics voiced how you want, and live with each piece you install at a time until you get a replacement neck and body.
     
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  10. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Sorry that happened to you Somebrains.

    This is a build I’ve been planning for a long time and know what I’m after in the end.
     
  11. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    No, I did it to someone.
    Things like that don't happen to me.
    I built, repaired, and modified instruments in the late 80's -mid 90's.

    Go slow with your dreams, and I advise you to make each item you collect instantly useable in a playable test mule while you are making your dream a reality.
     
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  12. I will say this, the Keisel neck has a wider profile. If you are used to a Fender fiver it will feel different.

    BnB
     
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  13. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    It shouldn’t be a problem as my last 5er was a BeeBass with a wide profile.

    Kiesel string spacing is 19mm from what I understand.
     
  14. nilorius

    nilorius

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Nice, but be extremely carefull with connecting the body with the neck. It can actually be done by luthier, the other things are eathier to do.
     
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  15. Sonicfrog

    Sonicfrog Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Fresno, CA
    Curious... Any reason you chose adler? My favorite bass has an ash body. I don't know if the bass sounds so good because of the body make-up or not. There are so many opinions on how much it contributes.
     
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  16. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I tend to like alder bodies and it’s easier to paint.
     
  17. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    S7300499.JPG I like the alder sound too . The B50 I had .
     
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  18. Yep. That's what I dont like about mine.

    BnB
     
  19. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Since this build concept is taken from the Johnny Cash song “One Piece At A Time”.. I plan on using some my favorite parts from various Fender guitars and basses.

    For example:

    the control plate will be from a telecaster.

    The body is of a Pbass shape with Jazz pickups with a Jazz pickup cover.

    Now for tuners. I love the Fender tall reverse turners.. but only four string.
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    I was thinking of using them with a hipshot UL clover tuner for a 4+1 headstock layout
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    What do you guys think?
     
  20. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Other parts being used as mentioned above..

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