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Billet Aluminum P Body Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bostosh, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. A long story to get here, but ......I'll tell it if anyone asks......

    There are now two of these bass existing.
    Starting with 85 lbs of two aluminum billets, (blanks)
    CAD sculpted, CNC machined, and hand finished.
    Two identical bodies.
    1) 8# - 7.6oz w/ wood neck & duncan (heavy) pups
    2) 8# - 14.7oz w/Moses neck & Lace Aluma-p (lite)
    Hipshot triple-lock-downs .750 spacing, hipshot lite tuners

    Looking for bass player/tester near San Diego area.
    P/M me if interested. (I don't play, just build things)

    Attached Files:

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  2. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
  3. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    That's impressive! And we're always up for a good story!
  4. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    let the "tone metals" debate begin.
  5. jonnybass1


    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    Definitely the best bass for metal!! :D

    On a more serious note I would love to try one of these out. Sadly however I am in Toronto which is nowhere near California :(

    I even have a spare Fender neck that just might fit. :(
  6. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Best metal for bass?
  7. The Metal debate again..... and part of the "story"
    (I am an machinist/aircraft parts guy, not a luthier)
    The genesis of this was in CAD/CNC carved wings.

    This design has no sheet metal panels to vibrate nor bent sheet internal structure.
    It is entirely carved from the billet internally.
    The internal structure is integral with the entire body, (no rivets, no welds).
    A billet structure is based upon a rigid crystalline metal rather than an amorphous cellular composition.

    This means that when weight reducing, cutting the structure from the raw material, it retains the properties of the original material without the weight.
    This is how lightweight flight structures work. Keep the rigid structure, remove excess weight where structure is not needed.
    I had to build these lightweight aircraft flight parts as a job, and saw how it is done by the aerospace structural engineers.

    Now adapted to the guitar body.

    Picture of neck pocket,
    Necks attach with short #8 hex head cap screws,
    metal inserts in the neck.
    All parts directly exactly interchange with each body.

    Attached Files:

  8. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    I think this is cool.........interested to hear folks thoughts (people who actually play it, not armchair speculators)
  9. car_man65


    Nov 14, 2013
    Wish I would be able to try those things! Amazing!
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I'd like to see more/better pictures of the neck pocket and how the neck attaches.

    I sent a message to a fellow TB'er in your area. Hopefully, he will be able to come over and check these out and tell us how they play and sound. He does great setup work and has excellent taste, so I would put a lot of stock in his review.
  11. Beautiful work. Wish I lived on the left coast.
  12. lavmonga


    Jul 27, 2007
    New York, NY
    Very cool. I would also like to see some more pics of the neck pocket and attachment. Would also love sound clips.
  13. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    i'd like to order a headless (i.e. cort 'p' shape), extreme roundover/no contours/slab, 3/4 thick, reverse p pickup, narrow string spacing, neck pocket to fit a 32" warmoth neck.

    sorry, got carried away. i love the concept!
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  14. I just got it - the pic is from the back. The back of the attachment area is hollowed out. This is why short screws can be used. A cover goes over the hole once the neck is secured.
    eldoryder likes this.
  15. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    Man, this is cool! I'm a CAD Operator and CNC Programmer as well. There is no way my boss would let me do something like this. JEALOUS!!!
  16. Doing it on CAD is the way, if you can draw it on a napkin,
    it can be made.

    Pic of Hipshot Triple Lock-down .750 spacing.

    This CNC metal sculpting stuff is fun !

    Attached Files:

  17. HockeyDawg


    Oct 12, 2012
    That is just so damn awesome.
  18. This is really cool, I'd love to see this with an aluminum neck too...hint hint.....
  19. EmptyCup

    EmptyCup Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Nashville Area
    Very cool idea! Would like to see a picture of the front-side of the neck pocket.

    No notch in the body for truss-rod adjustment, a MIM type neck with the truss-rod adjustment at the nut may be the ticket.

    Steve Harris eat your heart out :bassist:
  20. EmptyCup

    EmptyCup Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Nashville Area
    Or a Kramer style aluminum neck with wood inserts.