First Built, finished, finally, 5 string fretless

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Yellow, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    I couldnt find my original thread with progress, but anyhow, here it is.

    I am the happiest man today, so here is my first baby:

    Jatoba/Maple body
    Maple/Walnut neck
    Bloodwood fingerboard with maple inlay fretlines and abalony dots
    Big Singles Nordstrand pups
    Audere pre

    May be I did go a little overboard to pimp it out with gold hardware but I do like it,

    I will take some better shots of it but I just couldn't wait and just grabbed a few to post.

    JB1.jpg

    JB2.jpg

    JB3.jpg

    JB4.jpg

    Let me know what you think, I sure have learned a lot during this project. There is tons more to learn I know.
     
  2. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    looks good... kinda like if Carl Thompson tangled with a Tele bass...
     
  3. rob2966

    rob2966

    Oct 19, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Looks good - wondering why you didn't trim that mess of strings before taking photos :)

    Later
    Rob
     
  4. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    Yes, I was just too anxious to take a couple of photos, you know... in the heat of exitement.
     
  5. antiunderscores

    antiunderscores

    Jun 26, 2008
    looks cool... rooted... but cool
     
  6. cigi

    cigi

    Aug 22, 2006
    looks cool.

    How does it play?

    The neck looks kind of bent, but so do the strings, so it'll be problem with the pictures.

    Cool first build
     
  7. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Looks gorgeous; hope it sounds the same. VERY well done.

    One question, though: Is it necessary to learn thumb position to play the last few frets? Not a lot of cutaway there... was that intentional?
     
  8. some of us use our right hand to fret too ;)
    . . .wait,is it still called fretting if the bass is fretless :confused:
     
  9. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    You are right the cutaway turned out unintentionally smallish, it is a bit aukward to play last couple of frets, but I can live with that until I build another one. There are a lot of things I will take into account next time. I am just happy Ipulled off this one.
     
  10. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    Plays really well, thanks to numerous advice from TB members

    setup was a breeze.
     
  11. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    It is ambitious and tough to plough through a lot of info and
    figure things out in terms of steps and techniques.
    I am happy with my first bass and I want to thank you all who took part in helping me figure things out.
     
  12. You guys are bass players, you shouldn't be playing up there anyways!

    :bag:

    :D
     
  13. i like the way the fingerboard continue up the neck. covers the set neck joint and avoids the sometimes awkward looking heel in the body behind the fingerboard.
     
  14. I like it a lot. Very nicely finished, nice design. The headstock very much appeals to me(I like them big). All that said, I think there are going to be some functionality lessons(the already-mentioned cutaway & potential neck-dive come to mind)learned here, but the bass will teach you far better than my little comments. Bravo on your first. :cool:
     
  15. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    A la Wilser...I liked that idea on his basses that is where I saw it first.
     
  16. Yellow

    Yellow

    Apr 20, 2006
    Sooke, BC, Canada
    Guitar players will always envy the Full Range;)
     
  17. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Looks pretty good for a first project to me...
     
  18. sexy.

    as.

    hell.
     
  19. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    I bet you can use the extended fingerboard as a right-hand "ramp" of sorts - I find that when I'm soloing, I can get more "mwah" when I move my right hand to the end of the fingerboard. Worth a try!
     
  20. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    looks pretty good for a first build.