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Bastogne Fretless in Progress

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Luke Sheridan, May 15, 2006.


  1. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    I've come up with a new design for this one. Will be a fretless five with Bastogne Walnut top from Todd. I'm going all out on this one with Nordy DC5s, a U-retro preamp and a stabilized ebony fretboard from Larry. If you think the lines aren't quite right yet, you are correct. The heel area in particular, but all will come together fine.
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    You can also follow the progress in my blog
     
  2. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    That's some purdy lookin' hardware, and I wouldn't mind having a set of those pickups either!:smug:
     
  3. thats a really cool body shape...i can't wait to see it finished!
     
  4. The bridge and tailpiece look awesome!!! Where'd you get them from? Can't wait to see it all together!
     
  5. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    ETS bridges and tailpiece... very nice. I have a 5-string in lacquer black for my fretless in construction. That top is killer by the way.
     
  6. g00eY

    g00eY

    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    how'd you get your name printed on that bridge? it looks pretty friggin sweet, dude.
     
  7. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    I've been very happy with ETS's stuff. Can you post a pic of the black bridge? Would be the first Ive seen. Almost went that color.
     
  8. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    I usually use my dad's camera, which I don't have right now. I'll post one eventually though. I finally got some new band saw blades, so I things finally started rolling again. I figure the bridge (hence the whole bass) will be in operation within a few weeks, and I'll post it in a new thread. I have a square tailpiece though, not the "butterfly" design.

    Oh, and I just noticed your back looks as sweet as your top! Continuous grain on the electronics plate? What tool did you use to cut it out?
     
  9. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    If I told you I'd have to .... you. Actually, I just used a utility knife.
     
  10. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Been some time since I've had a camera. Here's a few more shots. Still just hitting with files and rasps. I'll be completing the neck this weekend, then its on to the pups and control cavity. Also need to add a trussrod cover.

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  11. Looks great, gorgeous woods there! itll oil up like a beautiful big wet oily fish! or something! serously though looks fantastic:hyper:
     
  12. Thonk

    Thonk

    Sep 14, 2003
    UK
    Looking really sweet cant wait to see her dressed up,keep up the great work
     
  13. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I can't wait to see that bass finished!
    It will look great!
     
  14. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Coming along very nicely :cool:
    Those accent lines are now well visible, adding a lot visually to the bass.

    What's the neck?
    It looks like maple, bubinga and wenge to me
     
  15. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Close. Maple, Bubinga and Walnut.
     
  16. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Well, black walnut would've had been my second guess. However, at the head it seemed so straight it looked like wenge. Anyway, nice :cool:
     
  17. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Looking nice, Luke.
     
  18. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Here's a couple of shots from last night. Its starting to come together nicely. The stabalized ebony is very nice stuff. This shot has the board sanded with 400 and its mirror-smooth. I went up to 1000 today, it looks even better. Polishing the brass nut is just as much fun as the rest.
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  19. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Got a bunch of work done today. Almost ready for final sanding.

    A few new shots.

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  20. Greenman

    Greenman

    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    ETS and Nordstrand. Killer combo.
    Cheers
     

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