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Finally finished my Whamola

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Planet Boulder, Jan 16, 2006.


  1. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Well, after much work and even more contemplation, I finally finished this hideous hellbeast. Yes, it's rough around the edges, but what the hell - it's not going in any museum.

    One question, though - I need to ground the bridge and I'm wondering the best way to go about doing it. Would it be possible to ground it by connecting a wire from the metal plate over the 1/4" output to the metal roller bridge itself?

    pics...
     

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  2. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    more pics...
     

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  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    and even more...
     

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  4. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Awesome! How does it sound?
     
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Sounds pretty cool, save for the "popping" caused by the ground issue.

    The wmaola effect (with the whammy bar) really gives a nice effect.
     
  6. hahaha, that's awesome. Post sound clips when u can...
     
  7. Redhotbassist

    Redhotbassist

    Oct 19, 2002
    England
    Thats wicked, nice one, clips clips clips!!
     
  8. Micolao

    Micolao

    Sep 7, 2005
    Italy
    hey man, look at the one I projected and realised with a friend of mine...
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Micolao - that's beautiful, man! I actually need to raise the pickup on mine.

    What did you do to solve the bridge grounding issue? Did you ground straight from the pickup to the bridge?
     
  10. That's pretty gnarly man, get some sound clips!
     
  11. Micolao

    Micolao

    Sep 7, 2005
    Italy
    Notice that it's not wood, it's all aluminium with a wood faking paint.
     
  12. very cool,nice job.......I made one almost entirely out of chain link fence materials and tools...2" galvanized ss20 pipe for the body,a 2" steel loop cap(eye top)with the loop(eye) cut off and installed a pulley from a come-along for the"nut", a handle from the come-a-long as the whamola lever,a couple of 2" brace bands as a bridge and tailpiece and a piece of 1\16" cable as the string..take a guess at what I do for a living;) I'll try to post pics soon..my 13 y.o. son has to work the digital camera because dad is...uh....digitally challenged
     
  13. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    i want one.
     
  14. Dude, you are PSYCHOTIC!! Which is of course, why YOU RULE!!

    I heard that Les Claypool's original Whamola was built by some fans in Vermont.

    Great pix. Can't wait to hear clips!!

    Jay

     
  15. Micolao

    Micolao

    Sep 7, 2005
    Italy
  16. Check out the videos of thsi guy:
    http://www.that1guy.com/
    Saw him at Woodford Folk Festival - great funky bass sounds from one string on an instrument made from galvanized pipe and plumbing fittings.
     
  17. Flag2Flag

    Flag2Flag

    Dec 30, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Anyone who builds a whamola is okay in my book. I guess its my turn to start assembling one out of spare wood and hardware....
     
  18. Akito

    Akito

    Dec 1, 2003
    Spokane
    Excellent! And can double as the ugly stick if someone needs a beatin'!
     
  19. nobes

    nobes

    Feb 14, 2006
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Congrats, Those things are sweet looking.

    Planet Boulder and Micolao what did you guys use for strings and whats the scale length?