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Billy Sheehan "wife" build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by godofthunder59, May 17, 2018.


  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    A work in progress in my shop. Not a exact replica but it has all the important elements Gibson EB0/Precision pickups, Telecaster bass neck, Ash Precision body. The bass will be wired V/V/T with one output as I split my signal into two amps where Billy uses two independent outputs one for each pickup into two amps.
    Time for disassembly and finishing. IMG_20180517_212404_066. IMG_20180517_212557_687.
     
  2. rufus.K

    rufus.K

    Oct 18, 2015
    SoCal
    Sweet
     
  3. Axstar

    Axstar

    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    Very nice! Is that a stereo output jack? If not, how are you dealing with the mismatching impedences of the two pickups?
     
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  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    That's a nice piece of ash.

    Can we see the reverse?
     
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  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
     
  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    20180520_083848. Nice two piece body off ebay a shop in Livonia NY makes them. Very reasonable.
     
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  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Mono output. Billy splits his signal at the bass. Each pickup has its own amp. I split my signal at the amps using a A/B box. The bass will be wired V/V/T I will control the mighty mudbucker with the volume control.
     
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  8. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Scalloped FB?
     
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  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Maybe, maybe not. I remember when Billy did it to his bass. Not sure if it is for me.
     
  10. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I don’t really see a big advantage on scalloped boards, you can always bend the strings. I’d skip it, I can’t really remember any great examples of Sheehan using it anyway. Cool build project.
     
  11. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    images-10.
     
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  12. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    This is my friend Jon’s (who happens to be a close friend of Billy) exact replica he built in conjunction with the help of a bunch of folks.
     

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  13. Axstar

    Axstar

    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    Is that the Bluesman Vintage copy?

    I saw an all black P bass copy in a pawnshop window today. I'm tempted to make a budget 'Wife' with an Artec X2N copy in the neck and a scalloped fretboard.

    I've scalloped a bass fretboard before today, and it does make a nice difference for soloing down at that end of the neck.
     
  14. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I have seen this before and it is amazing!
     
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  15. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Indeed it is.

    Bass of the Week: Jon Willis’ Billy Sheehan “Wife” Bass Replica
     

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