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Gecko Fretless 6 Mockup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbay, Dec 31, 2002.


  1. jbay

    jbay

    May 23, 2002
    Singapore
    Planning to build a one, so decided to fix up a mockup with PhotoShop. And got a little carried away :D

    Specs would be wenge neck, unlined ebony board, birdseye maple (pic is wild maple) over walnut body, Basslines Steve Bailey system with custom pickup positions (neck pu shifted closer to sweet spot) plus active/passive switch & on/off switch.

    Have one question though, if the wenge is played raw. How is it going to be maintained when sweat and dirt builds up within it's pores? And could wenge go well with oil finishes, esp if the grain is to be filled.
     
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Looks great! And great photoshop work. Only change I would make would be a black nut instead of white.
     
  3. How much$ is it going to cost?
    I'll get one myself one day.. ooh yes..
     
  4. jbay

    jbay

    May 23, 2002
    Singapore
    Tentatively I'm guessing around US$1300 to $1400...
     
  5. reachjkh

    reachjkh

    Nov 21, 2002
    Lee's Summit, MO
    I now have a new wallpaper and g.a.s.! Just when I decide I don't like the look of Geckos, somebody puts up a great looking pic like that. I really like the black headstock too.
    I still wish that they'd drop the mandatory inlay though. It just doesn't look as good on all of their basses as it does on this one.
     
  6. jbay

    jbay

    May 23, 2002
    Singapore
    Well gave me some ideas, so I did up a couple of other mockups :)
     
  7. TRU

    TRU

    Apr 12, 2002
    Northern Europe
    Geckos look okay to me, especially that one. It might look even better with sunburst finish. If they only had tighter string spacing...
     
  8. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    You can get them with tighter spacing now- look at the "small" neck version on the site.
     
  9. jbay

    jbay

    May 23, 2002
    Singapore
    Talking bout wallpaper, I'm actually a freelance designer who isn't commissioned to do any projects at the time. So I'd been having a little too much freetime over the new year, so I did up a wallpaper based on the Gecko Mockup.

    Anyone interested in getting it, feel free to PM me and I'll try to email it to you. Cheers & happy new year to all :)
     
  10. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    That's a great looking bass! I think that I'd lose the Gecko crawling on the fingerboard though. IMO it makes a classy instrument look like a toy.:(
    But, hey, different strokes for different folks!
     
  11. BassFelt

    BassFelt

    Mar 26, 2002
    That's how I came up with my 6. Which will be ready pretty soon.
     
  12. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Nice. I really have been wanting a fretless 6er. Maybe this year will be it, but a car will be much more useless use of money.

    Good luck on gettin it. :)
     
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You've got some good ideas there. If you deceide to go through with it, you'll have a really nice bass!!!!!

    Here is a blue 5 I built a while back.
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503320">
    -body
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503321">
    -head
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503322">
    -Gecko inlay
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=503323">
     
  14. Dean_CustomJazz

    Dean_CustomJazz Guest

    Jan 23, 2002
    woburn
  15. reachjkh

    reachjkh

    Nov 21, 2002
    Lee's Summit, MO
    That's a great looking bass! I think that I'd lose the Gecko crawling on the fingerboard though. IMO it makes a classy instrument look like a toy.

    Actually that is non-negotiable. Warmoth will not leave off the inlay. The salesman told me that they're trying to build brand recognition with that and the boss is very adamant about keeping it. I hate the dumb thing. The only option I can think of would be to have an inlay of the same type or color wood so that it isn't so glaringly obvious. I have seen a couple of basses that looked good with it, but I think they should have done a smaller one on the headstock instead.

    I like that six jazz too. been thinking about what my first six should look like.
     
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Indeed. I think it would have been weird enough, and therefor recognizable enough for brand identity, for them to put a lizard on the headstock. How many of us, if told by a luthier, "I'll do a contrasting wood inlay on the fretboard for you for free," would choose a big lizard?

    I will agree though that on the one in this thread, it looks pretty good. I think the best bet is if it exactly matches the body in color.