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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md

    Now mine.

  2. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    That is truly a diseased piece of wood that you have there. I LOVE IT!
  3. Bass7755


    Oct 27, 2000
    Roanoke, Va.
    Damn that's nice!! How many Brubakers do you have now?

  4. daaayuum! hot stuff!!! :)
  5. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Jaw dropping!
  6. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Sure have another Brad. Help y'rself !! ;)
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I have 6. It's not like I needed another one but this one came up after a friend found another Brubaker he likes more so he suggested a trade for one of my Elricks. Couldn't pass this one up, it's the other Spalted Maple Xtreme that was made alongside mine. I now have the two firsts:D

    Seems like a good excuse...


    Missing is the blue Flamed Maple K5B singlecut 5 that's out on tour.

    Baby pics;)
  9. You are a sick puppy. And I mean that in a good way.
  10. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Most fine, Brad. Congrats! :cool:
  11. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    B-E-A-utiful. I am jealous. :p :D
  12. Daniel L.

    Daniel L. Guest

    Aug 30, 2002


    You know you want it! :D
  13. Wow, beautiful collection, Brad!
  14. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    I thought that looked like one you had... i bet its cool to have twins...

    how does he finish the board to keep it from dirtying, etc... ?
  15. dragonbass

    dragonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    ........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder..........................................................
    Breathtaking basses you have there!

    Let me be the first to ask.............

    Is the Fingerboard and Top the same piece of wood? Looks like the spalt continues from one piece to the other.


    Who is the Blue KSB 5 out on tour with?

  16. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Wicked Collection!
  17. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Nice one! What Elrick of yours did you trade?
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I played that one before it shipped. That's a fair price for an excellent bass IMO. I already have a monster fretless 5.

    And mine's unlined;)

    jk. There's nothing wrong with lines IMO IME AFL-CIO
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Kevin's standard finish is polyester/polyurethane (not sure which)... either way dirtying is a non-issue. My oldest Brubaker still looks like new.

    And yes, I do play (all of) them ;)
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    The Spalt did come from the same tree. I don't think the original body pieces were big enough to also yield the fretboard. IMO Kevin has a great eye for wood figuring and has a real knack for working out the visual puzzle better than most luthiers I've come across.

    Maurice Fitzgerald, with Fred Hammond. I'll admit I'm ready to get it back;)

    The really cool thing is that each of these basses has it's own vibe. The bass Maurice has and my Xtreme 5 are probably the closest tonally... a serious old school 70's Ash. Maple Jazz bass vibe with a monster B string and several other killer tones. There's a subtle difference between them and the six. The Xtreme I just got has a broader top end and the slap sound is big and slightly less focused, with great fingerstyle sound. The fretless is nuts... it's just about impossible for me to play that one and not grin like a damn fool.

    Believe it or not, if I had to pick a favorite, the blue/green NBS-1 would be right up there. The fingerstyle growl on this bass in unbelievable. I've had it a few years now and I still don't believe what it does:D. I took it out last night and there it was again... monster tone. I soloed the bridge pickup and it was easy to go from a singing legato tone to a staccato sound reminiscent of a serious of well-controlled burps. Punch for days. Ran it through the ThunderFunk with one Bag End deep coax 2-10 (D10BX-D). Damn!

    Then it has the nerve to slap like a beast. And have one of the best low Bs I've ever heard.

    *passes out*