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Custom body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pgnbstrd, Sep 29, 2001.


  1. Hey there,
    I'm looking for some opinions on the body for my custom bass.
    So tell me what do you think?
     
  2. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Looks sorta Warrior meets Spector with a Ken Lawrence headstock. Body's a little narrow for my taste, but most people don't share my taste :rolleyes: so you oughta be okay. What are the woods?

    Peace,

    James
     
  3. I was going for the warrior meets warwick, so i guess i was close
    It'll be a mahagony back/zebra wood top and wenge neck thru.
    If every thing is ok'd by the builder, I hope to get him the money by the begining of next week to get started
     
  4. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    It looks cool. But personally, I would never play an upside down bass. :D
     
  5. What can I say I want to be a bat!
     
  6. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    i'm afraid that this body could be a little bit more "long". have you checked out the real distance between bridge and 12th fret? back to the style it's not my style but the design isn't bad, the upper horn reminds me a little the parker guitars. good luck!!
    °marco°
     
  7. as far as that goes, it's all up to the builder. I just drew out a design I liked, as far as the bass being built, I'll leave that up to an expert
     
  8. I've found through research, building, and buying basses of all sorts that body length has a HUGE affect on how comfortable a bass is to play. What you don't want to do is have a bass that requires a radical change in your hand positioning, stance, and the way a bass hangs from your body. Another measurement that can affect this is scale length but this is to a much smaller degree. To illustrate with an exaggerated example, say you were to have an extra long scale bass with a very short body and you like to pluck close to the bridge for most of your playing. To get the bass in the most comfortable position, you might be putting the lower registers of your neck so far out of position that you might have a hard time reaching them comfortably. If your style and skill level mandates primary use of the first position on the neck, you could have a hard time finding a good postion for your right arm and hand to get the sound and feel you want. See? If you begin to get serious about such a project, you should pattern your design in firm cardboard and begin looking at how the design will fit with your own body. Then when you get to the builder, you will have a clearer idea of how the project should take shape.
     
  9. actually.. I got a message from the builder today.. If he was to do the design to scale the bass would be around 50 inches from top to bottom...
    So I've had to shorten up the wood behind the bridge, It's now rounded off insted of the warrior point..Oh well
     
  10. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    nice to hear that you are going on with the work. pay attention to the lower horn too. it's a crucial point to have a well balanced instument.
    ;)