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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by lburton2, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. lburton2

    lburton2 Les Is More

    May 15, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    I know a guy who has been building custom guitars for quite a while and I'm going to be building a custom bass fairly soon, and i just have a few simple questions. (Yes, I've done searches.. I just want some honest opinions)

    Here are the specs i'm looking to get into:

    1) Fretless Ebony Board
    2) Striped Walnut Body
    3) Piezo Pick-ups

    I have a lot more ideas, but this is the basics of what i'm looking for..

    I'm set on the Ebony fretless fingerboard.. I was wondering however if Carvin is a good way to go as far as buying a premade neck.. and.. I'd rather go with a Neck-Thru construction.. and I notice that they have those available on Carvin.. So.. Just looking for possible places to get a neck-thru neck w/ the ebony fretless board.

    Secondly.. Would the Piezo pick-ups do well on their own with the fretless? I know of players that have custom basses with only the Piezo pickup.. but they're all fretted.. I'm wondering if I should put a regular pup in the neck position along with the piezo, or if the piezo will pick it up just fine.. Thanks and please have mercy on my inexperience :)
  2. Verticos

    Verticos Don't just do something; sit there. Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    for the first question, i have no idea. :p
    however, from what i hear, piezo only with fretless is a very good piclkup choice. when i build my fretless, it might be a piezo only or piezo + mag.

    ask someone with a rob allen bass, one of their most popular configurations is fretless piezo. (and as an added bonus, man those basses are sexy!)
  3. l337r3nn

    l337r3nn Guest

    Jun 6, 2008
    as to the first question, i suggest checking out these guys first:
    theyre build quality is good, and for what they make, you get a very tailor-made peice for a very low price. as to the second, if your action is low enough and your peizos have enough juice, you ought to be able to get a clear sound out fo it. good luck on your first build!