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benavente bass building machine

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tribal3140, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
  2. :eek:

    The back of that ebony one is amazing!

    Holy smokes!
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Wow that -is- awesome!! The hollowbody too!!
  4. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    Major GAS attack! :crying:
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    That thick hollowbody looks like it might be very uncomfortable to drape one's right forearm over, with its lack of body contour.

    They are pretty, though.
  6. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    Most hollow bodies are thick... if you don't like a thick body, then get a chambered or a solid body.
  7. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I think his point was that a contour at the location that the forearm touches the body could be incorporated into the design. He wasn't arguing that it shouldn't be thick.
  8. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

  10. That tabaccoburst finish is gorgeous. And what is that wood? Flamed Spalted Maple or something? :eek:

  11. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    The back's nice but I wanna see the front! :D
  12. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    Thanks Geoff for pointing that out!

    Do you mean like this?

    Or this?

    Or the one this guy's playing?

    Thick body, no contour... I'm not aware of a hollowbody that has such a contour. I'm not referring to a chambered mind you-- that's a different design altogether. I'm referring to hollowbody instruments (like the one that started the discussion) that are made out of thin wood held together at the joints by kerfing and glue, as opposed bodies carved from a block of wood.

    So, with regard to hollow bodied basses with the arm contour: Is there one? Please enlighten me... please show me an example!
  13. niomosy


    Nov 9, 2002
    Heh, found it in the older pics ;)
  14. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Yes, I'm aware that Allen and Turner don't do it. I'm also of the opinion that if it were done, the instrument would be more comfortable to play. It is a desired feature for a 1.75" thick slab body, and it would be all the more desirable on a 3.00" body.

    I'm also aware that, even with acoustic-style rather than chambered-solid-style construction, it is quite possible:
    There's another maker that does this as well, whose url I can't find at the moment.
  15. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    You don't need to be sarcastic... it just comes across as an attempt to be insulting.

    First off, last I looked, this was still a chambered instrument rather than the full on hollowbody that you're trying to describe. I make that comment based on this image:


    As far as I've seen, these basses are most similar to what Conklin builds, being 3" thick with a heavily chambered body. The Conklins have arm contours. http://www.conklinguitars.com/facebass/9gallery/9blackwhite.html

    I don't see any evidence of kerfed joints being used on the Benavente, but I could be wrong. Anyway, it would be more work, but it is easy to bend a top on an instrument with such a thin top wood. Full acoustics have a lot more bending than this would require. I'm not saying he has to do it, or that it is bad without it, but that IME it is more comfortable for me to play a bass with a forearm contour. Even slab bodied basses feel more comfortable with a contour.
  16. Benavente


    Aug 14, 2002
    Since the cat is outta the bag. I was waiting to reveal the hollowbody at NAMM 06. So here goes: As for thickness, that will be variable ( I am currently doing a fretless that is half the thicknes). The body of this particular bass is one piece of Figured Redwood (2 pieces will be used most of the time but I had the Redwood). The top is Port Orford Cedar. I am going for acoustic type tone without acoustic feel (please, before anyone starts something, note that I am not attempting to perfectly recreate the sound that an acoustic bass can offer. But after hearing it already, I gotta say it aint too bad). This bass is so comfortable that you don't really notice it's thickness. Acoustic basses are far thicker and more bulkier to play. This one is not. It will be standard with RMC Bass Excellence saddles and the Benavente 3 band EQ. It can however be loaded with magnetics if so desired (but that was not my initial concept). It also can be ordered as a bolt-on. Hope no one calls spam on me as I am just pre answering any and some of the questions that may and have popped up.
  17. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    I stand corrected. Thank you for jumping in on this thread to correct me. (note: no sarcasm is intended-- I really mean it.)
  18. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

  19. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Yes, it appeared that you'd missed the whole point and seemed to think that you couldn't put a forearm contour on such an instrument. Sorry for attempting to clarify it, I guess that upsets you.

    It's only the internet, dude.