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Construction has begun!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jacochops, May 26, 2005.


  1. jacochops

    jacochops

    Jul 2, 2000
    Suzhou, China
    Waaaaa---hhhhoooooooo!!!!!

    Ground has broken on 2 out of the 3 basses I have on order...here they be....

    #1 A Benavente Vintage Vortex from Brian Barrett at The Low End. It's going to be....
    33" scale
    alder body
    maple neck
    birdseye maple board
    small frets
    pearloid block inlays :hyper:
    jazz nut spec
    brass nut
    white pearloid guard
    Bene pickups and pre, wired v/v/t/m/b
    chrome hardware
    translucent bright red finish!! (a la my old Fodera from 1998)
    Brian has been EXCELLENT to work with, and very, VERY patient with me with all of the changes that have occurred since I first ordered it!! He's HIGHLY recommended!

    #2 Eshenbaugh J4
    alder body
    34" scale
    maple burl top
    maple neck
    lined fretless (pink ivory or stabilized birdseye maple)
    Nordstrand dual coils under maple covers
    Eshenbaugh 3 band preamp with single coil/series/parallel switching
    brass nut
    Hipshot hardware
    I ordered this through Jay at Blueberry Hill Bass...another outstanding guy who's VERY patient, thorough, and professional....a great experience so far!

    aaaannndddd......

    #3 Nordstrand NJ 4 deluxe
    33" scale
    maple body
    SICK amboyna burl top
    birdseye maple board
    Nordstrand dual coils with the same switching as the Eshenbaugh
    Aguilar 3 band pre with switchable mids
    gold hardware
    pearl dots on the face of the board

    I am so excited about these basses, I can hardly stand it...truly what I hope to be the last of the ordering (for a while at least... :eyebrow: ) Only other thing on my wish list would be a Marchliewski or a JP...

    Pics soon to follow once I get some in progress pics!
     
  2. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Your Nordy sounds a lot like my custom Skjold hehe. Amboyna Burl top and back, birdseye board (and p'up covers, knobs, tuner keys) allthough mine will be swamp ash body instead of maple.

    Congratz on 3 fine basses in the works :)
     
  3. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    dang, dude, you just win the lottery or sumthin? wow... :)
     
  4. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    May I ask, why the shorter scales?
    33" 34" and 33"?
     
  5. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Actually I think Nordstrand and Benevente use 33" as a standard scale rather than 34". It may be an option, but I dont recall.
     
  6. So you're the other BHB bass Mark's building?
     
  7. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
    Nordstrand 'standard' I believe is 34.5".
     
  8. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    Eshenbaugh stuff rocks :D
     
  9. jacochops

    jacochops

    Jul 2, 2000
    Suzhou, China
    Well,
    after playing and owning an R Bass which had a 33" scale, I was sold on that scale length for fretted basses. I can't stand 35" scale on a 4, and the fretless is a 34" because of the different response of a fretless vs. a fretted bass....I knew what I'd be getting with a 34" scale fretless.
    As far as "standard" is concerned with Carey's basses, 34.5" is the standard 5 string scale length, and I believe that Chris B.'s scale length is 35". After my experience with a 33" scale, I'm completely sold. Carey had a 33.5" scale fretted 5 that was OUTSTANDING, and he's excited to do this one in a 33".
    And Matt, yup, I'm the other BHB bass in the works...it should be fun seeing them both come together simultaneously! This is my 2nd Eshenbaugh...my first one is the walnut fretted 4 that is on Jay's site in the sold section. It's quite the bass!
    And no, I didn't win the lottery...I just had a great year!
     
  10. That walnut J 4 is cherry! I love that flame transition block!
     
  11. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    sounds like your going to have a pretty sweet bass :D
     
  12. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Nice basses but I would've blow it all on a Jerzy Drozd Prodigy LE myself but then that's just me. Looking forward to some pics, I'm a sucker for natural finishes. Just out of interest, what compelled you to buy three basses at the same time?
     
  13. Wow, those would be some sweet basses if they existed. :p

    No pics = no bass :p
     
  14. jacochops

    jacochops

    Jul 2, 2000
    Suzhou, China
    AJ...
    I ordered 3 basses at the same time...well, because I could.

    TX...When I get some pics, so will you. I'm waiting on Mark to send me some in progress shots. Benavente has some in prog photos up at the Low End site.
    My bass is in Carey's next batch. As soon as this one is done, I'm in with the next bunch.
     
  15. Sweet, I can't wait.
     
  16. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Very nice, keep the updates coming!
     
  17. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain

    3 custom basses at the same time... let me guess: You are Donald Thrump (sp?)... no no wait... you are Bill Gates!!! :rolleyes:
     
  18. jacochops

    jacochops

    Jul 2, 2000
    Suzhou, China
    Nope...just a busy percussionist and bassist. I also own a franchising company, so things are good for us.
    ...although, my wife says..."This be the last for a while!" :D
     
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