BEE Custom almost here....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SharkB8, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    Just wanted to share my joy....just a little more prep...then off to finishing. Fred is doing an amazing job....

    Fretless Custom BEE 6 string....details here....

    Killer Bee Specs
  2. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Correct me if I'm wrong but that body shape was altered from the original right? Looking good :)
  3. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    Yes. It was a modified ThunderBee. Less drastic angle in the lower bout, modified lower horn, different headstock (more elegant) other minor touches here and there. It's turning out great...should be a real stunner once the finish is on....
  4. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
  5. Dude, that is a rockin' new bass!
  6. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ah, I've been waiting to see some progress on this one. Lookin good.
  7. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    The fingerboard is beautiful! It's like a river of thick creamy chocolate i want to dive right into!
  8. Hey, what's the top wood on that sweet piece of bass?
  9. That's burled walnut. Says so right in the link to the specs.

    Can't wait to see this bass finished!
  10. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    nice take on the headstock.
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Very nice! Fred makes some killer basses! Congrats!
  12. *mesmerized*
    That is one beautiful fingerboard!
    The rest of it ain't bad either :)
  13. Call me crazy, but I'm not a big fan of that body style. The massive horn on the top looks so out of place. But the huge cutaway is cool, makes for easy access to all frets. I bet it's gonna sound and play like a dream, but I can't get past that huge top piece. I still wanna see it when it's finished though!
  14. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    Ok, you're crazy.

    J/K. Seriously though, I haven't been a fan of the singlecuts with a huge top horn, and IMHO this one is almost as sleek as my Marchlewski's top horn (while still retaining his more signature shapes). Some other luthiers make the top horn HUGE, almost like a whale rising out of the water. I think Fred has got his correctly proportioned (at least from what I see from the pics of various models). Aesthetically, I think the new shape and headstock flows very nicely.

    As far as the lower bout, I wanted something that could seat well, and have good lap balance without a strap, so it looks like that will happen....overall a great design and execution by Fred.
  15. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
  16. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    1st coat of finish....just days away now.....

  17. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yup, I knew that I'd like it much more once it was carved. I'm glad that I withheld judgement. That's looking great!