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Do you have the skills???

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mark beem, Oct 9, 2003.


  1. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ok, here's what I want.. As the ULTIMATE slap in the face of tradition I want to have a 7 string Jazz Bass made.. First part is the body and neck.

    Here's what I'd like:

    Alder body
    Rear Routed
    Bolt-on 34" scale neck
    24 fret Maple fretboard
    5 over 2 headstock config.

    Those are the basics..

    Right now I'd like to know..

    A. Can this be done?

    B. Anyone here up for the challenge?

    Let me know!!
     
  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    A. can be done but you'll have to widen the body style to accet the 7 strings neck! What string spacing at the bridge do you want?

    B.I'm sure you'll find someone. I'm swamped and this is not the kinda of bass I'd wanna build.

    Peace, JP
     
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Understood about the body needing to be wider..

    Details to come... I'm just tryig to see if anyone here is sick enough to take me seriously.

    I'll probably go with a 16.5mm string spacing at the bridge.
     
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    :cool: My 6 string 34" scale fretless 51 P bass is being carved up deep within Oregon :bassist:

    Seriously, Chris will build a vintage Vortex in 7 strings... not EXACTLY a Jazz, but damn close. Give Brian B a ring.
     
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Yeah, Chris makes some nice stuff, but I want a more traditional style body...
     
  6. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    dude, greg curbow made a bomb 6 string jazz'er. call him up, man!
     
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    if i'm not mistaken, bill conklin's already done this a few years ago. :)
     
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Like I said... it's close.
    [​IMG]

    Chris does do true Custom work...
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    Custom Body style designed by Greg Edmonson of 'Breaking Point'.

    so, Chris will build whatever is ordered...
     
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    DAMN!! Why am I not surprised?

    But, I got in touch with Bill today and he and Mike are B_U_S_Y!!!

    Besides, he already has my hollow 8 string to make!
     
  10. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Try Jon Shuker. He does a 6 string J, and with the spacing you want, it might not be too hard to adapt that to a 7. Be aware, of course, as you probably already are, that on a 24 fret FB, you'll have to compromise either on upper fret access or on the "traditionality" of the body (i.e., a deeper cutaway will be needed).

    www.shukerguitars.co.uk

    Jon may be OOT on holiday right now, but you could leave him an e-mail.

    Also, I wonder if Elrick would do it? Check out the New Jazz Standard. www.elrick.com
     
  11. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    No worries... Those frets are for WANKERS anyway!!

    ;)
     
  12. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    Mark...There's this guy...in North Carolina...Dude, he will build that bass for you !:D
     
  13. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama


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    Not funny.
     
  14. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Are you looking to have the extra frets (over the traditional # of frets on a regular fender J-Bass) accomplished via a "hangover" fingerboard, or do you want the heel of the neck to extend further into the body to accomodate the extra frets.

    I might be up for this project. We'd have to discuss the particulars, fretboard radius, neck construction, hardware choices, etc.

    :^)~
     
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'll PM you later..

    ;)
     
  16. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Damn straight. Real men never play above the 5th position anyway.;)
     
  17. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    :eek:
    :bawl:

    :D
    Sorry I laughed!!


    Peace, JP
     
  18. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    This thing will probalby be wicked neck-heavy.
     
  19. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Mmmm.. maybe not too bad.. The larger offset J-style body should compensate some.. Plus using Hipshot Ultralites might help too..

    You interested Matt???

    ;)
     
  20. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    How neck heavy it would be would depend on the neck woods and construction, width of the neck at the nut, etc.

    You could also alter the body shape by making the longer upper horn just a wee bit longer, and maybe a few other ideas.

    :^)~