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And now for something completely different (NBD)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Frank77, Dec 23, 2018.


  1. Received my new bass Friday : A custom build from a local luthier.

    Specs:
    • 34'' scale;
    • Swamp ash body;
    • Flamed maple neck (24 frets, 12'' radius, 1.5'' wide at the nut);
    • Ebony fingerboard with offset dot inlays;
    • Hipshot headless hardware kit;
    • Pickups are Aguilar 4PJ-HC matched PJ set;
    • Passive electronics, controls are V/V/T + 3-way pickup selector switch;
    • "Open grain" oil finish with 2 coats of clear on top;
    • 8 lbs.
    • Fits in a guitar gig bag with room to spare!
    Tonally it is much snappier than my main player (G&L LB-100) and could be an interesting option when playing genres that call for a more "in your face" sound. I had never played a PJ before and I think my favourite sound is both pickups on full - it gives a bit of zing and scoop to the P sound, and having played just a little bit with it so far I find these pickups really seem to shine when you dig in and make them bark!

    20181223_114820. 20181223_114858.

    This was my first time getting a "completely from scratch" bass done, overall very happy of how it turned out. I think this is the smoothest neck I've ever played.

    Only things I'd do different if I was to do this one over again would be to change the controls to stacked master volume / master tone pots and a 3-way switch - I find there is not enough resolution with separate volume pots to make that much of a difference, so I'd simplify the layout.

    I'm seeing my luthier either next week or early January for a minor ergonomic tweak, and after that I think she'll be a very solid player!
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2018
  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    that ax is a beauty! it's a neat 'journey' (and educational, too!) to get a custom built ax. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
    Frank77 likes this.
  3. Thanks man! You're right it's quite educational and an experience in itself: To imagine an instrument, talk to a luthier about it and then see this:

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    ...gradually turn into this:

    49012443_10155749660676237_8687213664224149504_n.

    ...is quite a trip!
     
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