Here's my new bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Andy Daventry, May 22, 2001.

  1. Took one and a half years to build. Finished today.

    35 1/2 inch scale, Sadowsky pickups, ebony fb, alder body, 3 piece neck (maple/ purple heart)...

    A beauty.

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  2. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    Looks really nice, man! Updated looks with nice elements of some classic styling, I'd buy one.
    Nice work. :)
  3. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    WoW you should be very proud!!! Awesome look, I would scoop one up.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That is really nice looking work Andy!

    The body style suggests hints of a Warwick Thumb and a Fender to me...and I mean that in the best way possible. I also like the fact you weren't afraid to put a little wood on the head. So many new basses have these midget headstocks.

    Turkey will rock a little harder from now on.
  5. killer dude, steve's thumb up!
  6. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Looks very nice.
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Excellent piece of work! How does it play and sound?
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  9. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    I'm quite impressed. Does it have the Sadowsky preamp as well?
  10. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    very beautifull bass.
    Will you build a fretted twins?
  11. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Before I read this comment I was thinking TRB meets Stingray 5. However it IS original and I have been sitting with my head tilted trying to imagine what it would look like with someone playing it.

    I hope it plays as well as it looks and it gives you many years of pleasure. (I also hope that my family stop thinking I have gone mad, by looking at my PC sideways)
  12. Hey...

    I should add some things.

    I designed the bass, but it was built by a guy called Kenan Turgut, who is an instrument builder and repairer here in Ankara. He doesn't play, so he misses some of the finer points (which is why I designed it!), and has a tendency to equate "good" with "solidly built", but is an excellent craftsman, and has a good structural knowledge of how guitars and basses are made. My woodworking is no way good enough to build a bass like this myself!

    The body shape is basically TRB...we cut the body from a template made from a TRB 5 string. But it kind of changed in the got cross bred with a jazz bass template....the cutaways are a bit deeper (the neck is slightly more than two octaves...24 accident and mismeasurement. It was meant to be exactly two octaves!).

    It doesn't have an onboard preamp. I use a Sadowsky outboard, which warms the thing up nicely. Raw, it is slightly cold. But very clear and punchy.

    I had the nut cut slightly high (following an idea a year or so back from Bruce Lindfield) which gives the most incredibly low action without any buzz on the board. Which I don't really want, but, Bruce, your idea was right!

    The B is really tight.

    The neck is a bit tree trunk like, and I may shave it a bit. To make it rounder, not thinner. It is thicker than a P bass right now. But I will not do anything until I have really got to know what this bass can do.

    The body wood is from a Stewmac body blank. Bridge is a Schaller. Tuners are hipshot. I am really impressed with hipshot stuff, and I may replace the bridge with a hipshot Fender style.

    The onlything I would not do again is include carbon fibre reinforcing rods in the neck. An unreinforced neck would have given a looser sound. But it's all a learning experience.

    Thanks for your comments. TRB meets Fender is about right!
  13. TonyS


    Dec 13, 1999
    It's a handsome piece of work. ... Nice Job.
  14. Andy, I am impressed! With a 35 1/2 inch scale that B string must destroy boulders!

    Good luck with it,
    Mike J.
  15. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    Really, really nice !
  16. Hi Andy. Good project, man. Well done. I just played a Sadowsky 5 the other day, and those pups are very imressive.
  17. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    Sweet! Where can I order the Andy Daventry Signature Bass? :)

    Having a bass custom built to your specs, based on your design, just has to be the coolest!
  18. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Hey Andy, congratulations, that's a beauty. It looks "classic" but doesn't exactly mimic anything out there. And a 2 octave ebony FB is certainly my idea of a good time.

    Can't really tell from the pic--do you have standard string spacing (0.75 in or 19 mm) at the bridge, or is it slightly closer?
  19. Damn, that's a beautiful bass man. Nice one ;o)
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Cograts. Looks like a Killer!!!!!! :)