For Cocobolo Freaks.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickbass, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I know I just did that thread last week about Cal. claro walnut burl. But Dave Pushic just sent me pics of the cocobolo top and some of you cocobolo freaks, like RAM, wanted to see where the top is at.

    Well, Dave made my top worth every penny of the exhitibition grade board of cocobolo I purchased for it. Here goes, after he did lots of sanding, repeated wipe downs with acetone to leach out the natural oils, and added a coat of urethane with UV protectant -


    NO, you're not on acid - that is how the figuring actually looks -


    Here's where it started, $140 ago,


  2. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I especially like the light contrasts on the upper horn and diagonally opposed near the tone controls.

    The horn configurations make the bass look like a body builder posing. Cool.


  3. I'm almost speechless. Nice.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Thank ya, you all. Insipid as it may sound, sometimes I think the instrument's beauty challenges the musician to produce something beautiful, too.

    I won't be playing any AC/DC root notes on this thing. I plan on hurting some of the local competition with it. ;)
  5. Wow!

    Beautiful coco, Rick. All that research and hunting you did paid off. How thick is the top piece?

  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I appreciate positive comments from one of the "Larry Flynt's" of "Talkbass porn"!....(what with all of your gorgeous basses!).

    The top was spec'd to be between 5/8" - 3/4" thickness. Obviously, the coco is there for more than cosmetic reasons.
  7. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas


    It's gorgeous.
  8. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    WOW. That's all. Yeah, um...WOW.


  9. Thanks! But, unlike Larry's harem, the beauty of my crew goes all the way to the core! Pure elegance, baby! :D

    Are you going for pickup covers on that bass? Wooden knobs? If so, will they also be coco or a contrasting color?

  10. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    I agree with malthumb....the contrast from the upper horn and tone controls looks awesome. Thats one beautiful bass you have being built.
  11. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL

    Rick, that's absolutely gorgeous!
  12. Whappo Grande

    Whappo Grande

    Feb 9, 2002
    Santa Clara, CA.
    Manager: AccuGroove Speakers
    Absolutely amazing! So…when can I borrow it?

  13. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
  14. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    rick, I had no idea cocobolo could look like that. That is gonna be one sweet piece.
  15. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Nice. Very very nice. That is beautiful.:cool:
  16. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
  17. feeling some GAS building!

    Congrats Rick, that looks freaking awesome!!!!

    I can't wait untill you get it and post a review with some better pics.
  18. craigers2


    Sep 26, 2001
    very cool. i've never seen another bass that looks like it. :) congrats.