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Allow myself to introduce...myself

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by budman, Oct 7, 2004.


  1. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Just signed up today. I just finished my very first bass that I built from scratch a couple of weeks ago so I thought this might be a good place to start off. Here's a pic. http://www.budlecompte.com/pics/proto/neg00001.jpg I'm on number two already. I feel an addiction coming on.

    Bud
     
  2. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Welcome Bud

    I'm sure you will see a few familiar faces from AGB here on TB.

    Nice bass! Is your second going to be the same design?

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  3. Sit back and relax. It's already here. :)


    Nice shot with your first. Best feature: The dark (wood?) fret marker dots.

    Love 'em!
     
  4. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Thanks. The next bass will be an early 50's P-bass look-a-like, poplar (or is it tulip) body, except it'll be fretless with an ebony fingerboard, jazz pickups, painted gloss black with a white pickguard. After that it's back to the original design with improvements.
     
  5. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Thanks. Yep, they're wood.

    BTW, noticed we share a b-day.
     
  6. Glenn D.

    Glenn D.

    Aug 20, 2002
    Fort Collins, CO
    Mmmm. Nice bass. Welcome, Bud.

    Glenn D.
     
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Nice body design.

    Care to elaborate on your use of woods, such as what's the neck center stripe, and are the body stripes just decorative?

    I'll link a few pics here to show everyone what I'm talking about; if this will kill your bandwidth, let me know and I'll remove them from this post.

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  8. Totally off-topic -

    Isn't that just the best time of the year to have a birthday?
     
  9. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Thanks. I inherited a bunch of wood from an uncle who passed away several months ago. Since this bass was a prototype of sorts I didn't want to spend a lot on it. Most of the wood came from him. The core of the body is a bunch of various hardwoods run through the thickness planer and glued up symetrically. The spalted maple top is the only wood I purchased for the project. The back is cherry. I don't know what kind of wood the center stripe of the neck is. It's not maple. It was very hard though and had a tight grain so I used it. The main thing was to try out some techniques and ultimately end up with a playable bass. Goal accomplished. Sounds great too. It makes its gig debut this evening.
     
  10. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Sure, what with all the JFK stuff on TV. ;)
     
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    now you're talkin my style!

    bass #1 looks pretty slick, I dig the dark dots too. The shape is nice, different but not too odd
     
  12. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Thanks.

    Here's where I'm at so far with the early p-bass fretless.
    http://www.budlecompte.com/pics/oldpjazz2.jpg

    Bud
     
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    nice! I play a 51 styled P with a pair of Jazz pickups (click my sig links).

    What color / finish you going with?
     
  14. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Very nice basses. I see my idea isn't exclusive. :)

    Since the poplar isn't very spectacular and has that greenishness about it I'm going to go for the tuxedo look. The white pickguard and chrome hardware against a gloss black body should make for a nice looking bass.

    Bud
     
  15. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Cool!
    and thanks... Chris Benavente built them. I wish I had 1/16th the talent he does.

    He'd built one with bart soap bars in black with white guard first for himself first... I'm pretty sure he still uses it in his band (he's got a butterscotch too)

    This one was one of the first production versions http://www.benaventeguitars.com/twins.htm my white one came shortly after. Mine is a hotrod Jazz in a vintage P suit... the perfect fretted bass for me. The fretless 6 is my #1 though... incredible feel and tone... it has a stablized birds eye board from galleryhardwoods.com I recommend checking it out sometime if you haven't already.

    Where do you get your wood? I dig the top on the first one.
     
  16. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    hey Bud,

    i've been waitin for ya to finally come on board!!!

    WELCOME old friend.

    now, where's PD?

    f
     
  17. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Thanks. Yea, it took me a while, but I finally got here.

    P who? Is that the guy who got kicked off of here a bunch of times?

    Bud
     
  18. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Hi Bud, good to have you here.

    These guys know what they're talking about.

    can't wait to see what you do next!
     
  19. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Glad to be here. I sprayed the first few coats of clear on the fretless' neck last night. Came out really nice. I'll start painting the body next weekend. I've been planing body blanks this weekend too. I've got three glued up minus the top wood. Can't twait to make some more sawdust. Having a blast.

    Bud