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Cliff Bordwell (CB) Dola 5 in the works - COMPLETED!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikezimmerman, Jun 7, 2016.


  1. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    First shot of the back contouring and the ebony heel laminates...

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  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I got an estimated shipping date from Cliff that's only a few weeks out. So exciting!!:hyper:

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  3. mflatau

    mflatau

    Aug 19, 2008
    Looking real good man! I love the transition between rough cut to sanded.
     
  4. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Wow, your Myrtle top reminds me of fine brush strokes in a painting.
     
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  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I see what you mean, with the slight flame and spalting...
     
  6. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Exactly. :cool:
     
  7. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Heel carving is finished--looks amazing!

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  8. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Nice!
     
  9. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Final contouring and sanding just about complete. Not too much longer!

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  10. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
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    Final setup. I love how the finish brings out the subtle flame in the spalted Myrtle top! And the two custom Nordstrand Bigman pickups look rather imposing...
     
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  11. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    So excited to share the first full pic, and can't wait to see the rest of the bass when it arrives!

    Dola.
     
  12. That looks so good. I love that he used a full top and not a cutout at the end of the neck. That could be my favorite singlecut shape anyone has produced.
     
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  13. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    It's definitely one of my favorite shapes, too--rather different than the typical singlecut.

    The full top is an option, and with some woods it might not have made so much difference, but this myrtle was asking to be shown as much as possible!

     
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Absolutely spectacular!!!!
     
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  15. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Thanks! I can't wait to see the rest of it!
     
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  16. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Texas
    That's a stunning bass! What is the control layout?
     
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  17. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    It's a Nordstrand 3-band. The two controls on top are volume and blend, then the Bass/Mid/Treble (not sure which order they're in), then passive tone on the end. The switches are series/parallel/outer coil for the two Notdstrand Bigman pickups.
     
  18. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Texas
    That's a nice palette of tones. Is the pickup placement close to 60/70s J for the bridge and P for the neck?
     
  19. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Nope, the neck pickup is back a little from the Fender position, and both pickups are much wider than Fender. It's actually more like standard positions for the Wal or G&L, which puts the outer coils about the same locations as my Curbow 6.

     
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  20. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I just got another photo at a different angle from Cliff. It looks like the flame is much more dramatic than I expected--I'm amazed! :hyper:

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