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Custom Medium Scale Build: Muckelroy Content

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 3rdcurve, Mar 23, 2013.


  1. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    After years of pining away for a custom bass, I found myself putting down a deposit with Brady Muckelroy. I had looked into several builders, but after the dust settled Brady's stellar reputation and the beauty of his past builds won me over. IMO, compared to many other custom builders, his prices and wait times cannot be matched(though as the word gets out, I expect this to change a bit. Get your orders in!). Brady is extremely knowledgable, and he will patiently work with you to figure out what will best suit your needs. Another VERY cool thing, he sends update snapshots of the build so that you can watch your baby take shape!

    The bass I had in mind wasn't something super flashy, but a, active/passive workhorse with great versatility and classic good looks. Here are some of the specs:

    Scale: 32" - Standard 19mm 4 string spacing.

    Body Style: Bernal (Grabbed me the first time I laid eyes on it!)

    Body Woods: Nicely figured Mahogany with a Birdseye Maple center cap/ on a Mahogany tone block. The Maple is flanked with Bloodwood stripes.

    Neck: Rock Maple - 39mm nut width (right in-between a Jazz and a P)

    Fingerboard : Birdseye Maple w/ radiused edges.

    Headstock: 2+2 with a Mahogany cap.

    Pickups: Reed James Custom ALNEO soapbars.(KILLER:bassist:)

    The control layout will be will be a master volume (push/pull for active/passive), blend, tone, pickup switching (series/parallel), and 3 band EQ.

    We are 4 weeks into the build (actually, just since I made a deposit!) and Brady is making great progress! Here are the pics so far:

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    Tone Block and Glueup
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    Body Mockup
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    Body Glueup
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    Body Cutout
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    Body Roundover/Tummy cut
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    I am SUPER STOKED!!

    Hope you guys enjoy the pics!
     
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  2. ebonalley

    ebonalley

    May 17, 2010
    Any progress yet? No pics= no bass :)
     
  3. jbossolo

    jbossolo

    Sep 22, 2011
    Brady does some truly amazing work, and he's the nicest of guys to boot! You can't go wrong with one of his creations. Ask him to do a "demo" video of you axe, once he's done. You'll be amazed with his playing!
     
  4. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Pics up!

    He is a monster player, I was amazed at some of his YouTube vids.
     
  5. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    This is going to be: :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
  6. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Looking good!
    There is some really beautiful grain goin' on there! :D
     
  7. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Thanks, can't wait to see it after a few coats of oil! :D
     
  8. Brado

    Brado

    Oct 19, 2005
    Buda, TX.
    Thank you 3rdcurve and everyone else for the kind words & compliments. I wanted to invite any & all to "friend" me on Facebook. There, you can see the most current pics & videos on all things Muckelroy Bass! I'm happy to answer any questions you have about my basses, repairs, playing,heck anything music related......its where I live;-) Stay tuned to this thread & watch this bass come together.
     
  9. Brado

    Brado

    Oct 19, 2005
    Buda, TX.
    Oh yeah....forgot to mention...."me" on Facebook is "Brady Muckelroy"
     
  10. ebonalley

    ebonalley

    May 17, 2010
    purdy.
     
  11. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Here is a quick update from the last couple weeks:

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  12. Neek

    Neek

    Nov 26, 2008
    South Florida
    That is looking great!

    Is the head stock angled without a scarf joint? If so, any reason in particular for this method (pros/cons)? I was reading through the recent scarf joint thread in the Luthiers Corner and it sparked my interest in the subject.

    Either way, great work!
     
  13. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Thanks! I'm not sure on the joint, maybe Brady will chime in here soon.
     
  14. Brado

    Brado

    Oct 19, 2005
    Buda, TX.
    Scarf joints are fine. When they're done correctly, there are no issues with strength. I prefer to cut my necks from the same blank/ one continuation of the same wood.
     
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  15. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    * I have edited my original post. After speaking with Brady I have decided to add one of his custom preamps. He will be using a push/pull volume pot to switch between active and passive. With the EQ, pickup switching, blend and tone controls, it should be a VERY versatile bass!
     
  16. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Time for an update!

    :hyper: :bassist:

    So, after a slight hiccup with the custom pickups things are moving right along! Tuner holes reamed, logo burned, cavities routed, and neck attached. When I first seen the pic with the neck glued in I about lost it. It's amazing watching it take shape, but when I was able to see what I have had in my head for so long finally take a recognizable shape.....:cool:

    Here be the proof!

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  17. 3rdcurve

    3rdcurve Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Sullivan, MO
    Upon availability I may be adding a Drop D tuner as well.
     
  18. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    SUB'd!!!
     
  19. looking real nice..can't wait to see it finished...
     
  20. nagarjuna

    nagarjuna

    Dec 10, 2006
    The Gunks, NY
    This builder is a major talent. Beautiful bass. I see some Ibanez Musician DNA in there somewhere. And that is a very good thing........