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7 String bass 2.0

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rick0link, Nov 5, 2012.


  1. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    i am taking my 7 string design and going for round 2. this one will be "rainbow" style. the body woods will be cherry/curly maple/cherry/red oak/maple/walnut. the headstock will be curly maple/cherry/curly maple. the neck will be a 5 piece laminate of red oak and maple. the scale length will be 37" across all 7 strings.

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  2. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
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  3. Splods

    Splods

    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    That intriguing. Subscribed.
     
  4. Also interested to see how this goes.
     
  5. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Wow, 37 inch is a big scale! :eek: I hope you can get some good strings fot it.

    Can't wait to see the end result on this 7 stringer :) Cheers
     
  6. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    My last one was a fanned fret 7 with the low F at 37". It works great. It sounds tight as hell!

    As far as strings go, i am endorsed by Darkhorse Strings out of Pennsylvania, custom set are no issue. :)
     
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Great!! :)
     
  8. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    making some progress

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    here is a mock up of what the whole thing will look like.
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    the fingerboard is going to be cocobola and the neck is 1 piece curly maple.
     
  9. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    side lines and dots
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    headstock sketched out
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    headstock cut out
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  10. Splods

    Splods

    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Please tell me you measured for there to be room for the Machine heads.
     
  11. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    There is plenty of room. This headstock is huge.
     
  12. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    my hands hurt........

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  13. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    check out the headstock/neck transition

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    lookin' good!
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  14. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    sanding is done, thank god........

    the first coat of oil was applied today. the figure of the curly maple just pops!

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    my tuners have not arrived yet, so the headstock remains unfinished for now.
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  15. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
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    Cocobola nut
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    the ultimate truss rod cover
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  16. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Man, you really don't mess around when you're building. Looks really nice.
     
  17. rick0link

    rick0link Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Thanks dude!!
     
  18. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    NYC
    Nice Build, Sub'd
     
  19. DonaldR

    DonaldR

    Mar 26, 2012
    It looks so easy to build such a nice instrument...
    Wow, so different from what you can get in a guitar store!!! This bass seems to have a life LOL!!!
     
  20. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I commend you for working with red oak. It's not a very common lutherie wood, and I personally find it obstinate to work with. You seem to be able to deal with it pretty well.