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Al's Benavente 9 is Done!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Al Caldwell, Jul 20, 2004.


  1. Al Caldwell

    Al Caldwell

    Mar 18, 2003
    St.Louis , Mo
    I'll be at Namm this Saturday representing Benavente and Madison Speakers. If any of you will be there ,feel free to stop by and check it out. I've always wanted a quilted maple bass but for years I was told that
    I couldn't have one because they couldn't find the wood. This is just what I wanted. This bass is only 8 pounds which is perfect for my neck and back injury. My first custom 9 string was 17 lbs.!!!! I could barley walk after the gig. I'll give a review on it after the Summer Namm. I'll also be doing a bass clinic in Tokyo, for Benavente basses while I'm playing at the Blue Note jazz club. It looks great!!!! Thank you Cris and Brian!!!!!
     
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    cool, al. can't wait to see the bass in person. :hyper:
     
  3. Al Caldwell

    Al Caldwell

    Mar 18, 2003
    St.Louis , Mo
    Thanks John! I can't wait to play it!
     
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    is that thing rmc equipped?
     
  5. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Al, looking at this bass... I...I feel funny in my pants.

    Is this love?
     
  6. Al Caldwell

    Al Caldwell

    Mar 18, 2003
    St.Louis , Mo
    No midi on this one, but the 11 string will be!!!! Wait till you see that!!! Benavente is a joy
    to work with! Al Caldwell
     
  7. Oh wow......!! That bass turned out even better than I thought it would. Very, very nice, Al. I love that quilt top.

    I'll be looking forward the video of you playing it at the Benavente booth.
     
  8. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    Al heres your pictures hosted on my site. Glad you like it............. I promise not to let JT scratch it before you arrive Sat............. everyone Al won't be there till Sat so come by Friday if you want to play it :bag:

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    http://www.thelowend.net/gallery/images/benavente/al
     
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    that's a really sweet board, dude. love the quilt. :hyper:
     
  10. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    never seen a quilt board before, it's nuts! beautiful!
     
  11. is that middle pickup connected to a separate output for something like a guitar amp or something?

    btw, nice touch, with the signature on the fretboard, especially with that wood. it looks awesome!


    Charlie
     
  12. Al Caldwell

    Al Caldwell

    Mar 18, 2003
    St.Louis , Mo
    The Guitar pickup lets me turn off the bass pick ups and play it like a lead or rythem guitar. It takes the problem of low string rumbling through the distortion out of the picture. al
     
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    :eek: I think I've messed myself !!! It Looks Great Al!

    Every time I see one of Chris' basses, I think "Wow, now THAT one's the best!" :bassist:

    Chris, you've got an amazing talent!!!
     
  14. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    VERY nice instrument, Al, Chris' basses just keep getting better and better!!! I don't think I'll ever play anything else to be honest... :smug:
     
  15. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Australia
    Hey Al, nice bass, beautiful fret/finger board (whatever the hell it's called, I got no idea). How is that chunk of good looking bass going to be tuned?
     
  16. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    GOOD LAWD!!!! :eek:

    That fretboard in UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    She's beautiful, Al!! Congratulations!!
     
  17. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Yeah, I can understand that!! :smug:

    I'll try to hunt you down Saturday....