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bolt on singlecut basses? or not?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by refuge4, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    i've seriously been considering looking for a singlecut to rock. i've just started looking around and i've seen a lot and i just wanted to get some input. this was the first thing that came up in google...


    looks solid and i like all of the features. but a bolt on? i'm a huge bolt on fan, but w/ a singlecut? anyone have experience with one of these (good or bad)? just curious. i tried to search but the whole short words thing makes it hard. anyways, thanks!


    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    Yes, first hand experience. I love this 6 string Clement singlecut custom built bass with bolt on neck.
  3. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    Check out Clement basses.

    Somewhere in my email archives I have a whole list (well, a short list) of singlecut bolt-on basses that I put together when I was trying to convince WattFab to build me a singlecut body for a bolt-on neck I already own. If I can find it I'll dig up that list and post some other suggestions.

    But definitely check out Tom Clement's designs.

    There ya go, beat me to it!
  4. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I've tried all singlecut approaches: bolt-on, set-neck and neck through. I've tried several luthiers' versions of the SC design. My favorite is the set-neck, but it's truly a subjective matter of taste. The bass on link looks great. If it tickles your fancy, go for it

    By the way, my favorite SC is Ken's own (now mine), first ever, Brase I Ken Lawrence bass.
  5. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    I'd go for it...I'd just make sure that the one you decide on has a well-profiled neck heel if you like playing higher up the neck. Some single-cut bolt-ons are kind of chunky at their heels...
  6. Some of the nicest Benavente singlecut basses are bolt on.
  7. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    This is my custom bolt-on bass and yes, he's Luthier Ray from Rbasses.
    My fav singlecut bass ever!!
  8. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    1 name you need to know:

    Tom Clement!!!!!
  9. Flintc


    Aug 15, 2006
    For most designs, a single cut isn't anything more than some additional wood between the upper bout and the neck. Typically (from what I've read) this doesn't add much weight, affect balance much, stiffen the neck, or indeed do anything other than change the cosmetic appearance of the bass. How the neck is fastened to the body is something entirely different, and irrelevant.
  10. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    What differences of any did you notice between the set-neck and the neck through?

  11. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Hi Mike

    IME from the SC ones I've so far owned, the set-neck ones have more snap and a faster attack while the neck-throughs had a more even projection.
  12. edubb


    Dec 6, 2006
    That my set neck Josh Helms SC5 has more sustain than my bolt on basses and is punchier than the two neck throughs I have owned.
  13. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    But not punchier than your bolt-ons, right? Set-necks are really a midway between NT and BO...
  14. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    I like the set neck too, love the KL shape for how it sits when your playing.
  15. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    Admitedly, I'm still in the honeymoon period, but I like my bolt-on SC just fine :)
  16. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    cool. thanks for the input. i guess i should have been a little more specific, i was mostly wondering about the sound difference between bolt on, set neck, and neck thru, which has been answered. i just didn't know if bc there was more neck to body contact in a singlecut if it would make a sound difference despite the way the neck is connected. thanks for your input! feel free to continue!
  17. TheIrishOx


    Feb 22, 2008
    he does some pretty cool does he have a website or anything because i been looking for a long time for a neat single cut:hyper: thanks
  18. :bag:They look like somebody forgot to finish cutting them from the blank.
  19. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    my wife says the same thing.

    I like a lot of single cuts though... the one I almost ordered was a bolt neck.

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