Chronicling My First Boutique Build

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  1. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    Hi everyone, I never thought I would find myself purchasing a boutique bass but the day has come.

    One of the guitarists in my band is an endorsing artist for Barlow Guitars. These guitars have been the first ‘boutique’ instruments I have found myself drooling over. Well Barlow extended an offer to join their roster so I decided to pull the trigger!! Barlow has historically focused on guitars but would like to enter the bass world. He is currently finishing up the first Barlow Bass.

    First of Ricky Barlow does literally everything. The building, customer relations, etc etc. Also everything is done by hand except fret slotting. Build time is around 8-12 months. He is formally trained and has worked for PRS which is pretty cool!

    Ricky was great educating me about different woods as I am more familiar with the basic maple/alder/ash. I picked a cocobolo top which has already begun to nicely darken. The body will be a nice hippy sandwich of cocobolo/primavera/ziricote over blonde mahogany.

    He suggested a ziricote neck as well. I am doing 34” scale with stainless steel vintage frets. Schaller hardware and Ezi pickups. I have never heard of these pickups until now but they are really cool! Handwound in Israel encased in wood. I can do exposed rails or not but am leaning towards the rails.

    So far the top has been sanded... only 7.5 months to go (more or less) :)

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  2. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    I like the guitar. Can't wait to see your bass.
     
  3. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    You're in for something special, congrats! :)
     
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  4. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    Some progress... body getting glued up. Should hopefully have the bass by 10/14 for the New England gtg!! 27426274-04AE-4D02-9B87-4999BB62BF83.png
     
  5. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Lookin' good, MB!
     
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  6. AB Nate

    AB Nate Supporting Member

    May 28, 2016

    Wow. That top is amazballs
     
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  7. fcleff

    fcleff

    Apr 22, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    That will be a freaking gorgeous bass. Barlow is a good company to pull the trigger on, too. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
     
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  8. BassholeKI

    BassholeKI

    Feb 10, 2017
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  9. metron

    metron

    Sep 12, 2003
    Denver
    Sick top and I love the shape!
     
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  10. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    You’ve heard of them?
     
  11. fcleff

    fcleff

    Apr 22, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    I have. I stumbled across them on Instagram a while back. Gorgeous instruments.
     
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  12. I like that top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    Some body shots D66D26CD-6087-44C4-BE43-EC9292D342F3.jpeg AEC83359-85C1-42B2-95DA-1224C6A939C8.jpeg 27CEB6DC-6D7E-479E-9BEC-8FCD4CBF28E8.jpeg 5202B369-6245-4679-ACFA-D3BBE2506825.jpeg
     
  14. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    That top wood is stunning!
     
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  15. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
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  16. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    Here are some pictures of the bass they just finished.. 6C01D92D-504A-4C85-A6F2-DE2E02641237.jpeg A9F1E4FE-D017-4D7F-ACEE-989E0E9B14B9.jpeg 46FCF925-DA2C-4F9B-B99E-FCAB14300909.jpeg F05CF98B-D866-4BCE-8E91-359DEABA214E.jpeg F064C7B5-C991-4BDF-85CE-BF8E3B2B8261.jpeg
     
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  17. Damn, that headstock!
     
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  18. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    i love cocobolo, so I can't wait to see how this turns out!
     
  19. Looking forward to seeing some more progress or finished pics of this Bass drool

    I just ordered a set of Ezi jazz bass pickups in Bubinga
     
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  20. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Indeed, pretty sweet! Very nice, @Mammoth_Bass!
     
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