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Home made custom

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Josh Curry, Jun 20, 2004.


  1. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Hey guys. Check it out. I am trying to make my own bass, I've been posting this on the Luthier's corner, but I think this gets more traffic. Check this out...

    First of all, YES, I know this is a Marleaux Consat. I went with this design becase I own 2 of the Jackson lawsuit copies and I love the design. Also, since this is my first, I wanted to go with a design I am familiar with instead of coming up with something original that might not work. Anyway...

    **IMAGE REMOVED BY ME**

    Here's the breakdown....

    34" scale
    bolt-on
    6-string (because I already have pickups)
    fretless (because I can't afford the fretting tools right now)
    Maple 3-piece neck
    Alder 2 piece Body
    controls = Vol, Vol, Blend, Stacked Bass/Treb (because I already pulled one of these that I pulled out of another bass)
    EMG-HZ pickups (because I already have them)
    Bridge, unknown, but shown with Hipshot a-type
    tuners, unknown
     
  2. rusty

    rusty

    Mar 29, 2004
    Singapore
    What's the Jackson lawsuit thing about?

    That aside, I love the practicality of your approach :D It's like - I've got all these parts lying around the house... I guess i might as well make a bass with them!
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Jackson made a Marleaux Consat lookalike a few years back.
     
  4. I-Love-Ratm

    I-Love-Ratm

    Feb 24, 2003
    What wood are you you using for the fingerboard?Ebony?
     
  5. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Vol, Vol and a blend?!?
    Who came up with that incredibly redundant design of a circuit???:eyebrow:

    Anyway, like the concept and go with the Hipshot bridge on the schematic.
    It's one of my faves.:)
     
  6. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Yeah, it's a little weird. I don't know WHAT they we're thinking.
     
  7. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Whatever they have that's inexpensive, hahaha.
     
  8. danshee

    danshee Banned

    May 28, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Looks cool.
     
  9. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Here's my new idea...

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  10. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    I dunno...
    That lower horn just looks odd to me somehow IMHO.
    I think it's because there is a shallower cut-away than I'm used to seeing.

    What made you change from the Consat design?
     
  11. fragcon

    fragcon

    Jun 23, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    what program do you use for that? autocad or something?
     
  12. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    I switched away from that due to some criticism I was recieving on the Luthiers forums. I understood what they we're saying and decided to go with something 100% original. I agree that the lower horn is odd. but for some reason I think it works, It's kind of a cross between a warwick thumb and a pedulla thunderbass.

    Access to the 24th will be difficult, but I'm not too concerned because I barely ever play above the 17th. It's going to be a fretless anyway :)

    I used Photoshop. Although I've used AutoCAD in the past. Even though Photoshop isn't a CAD tool if you know how to use the rulers guides and make 'templates' that are exactly to scale it can be used for design purposes such as this. It does have serious obvious limitations though.
     
  13. You could lengthen the neck and fingerboard until the neck pickup, as it is on JP's and Fbasses(among others). It should reinforced the neck joint with the body.
    That's a cool design, I love it!!!:cool:
     
  14. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Quote:
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=6 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset">Originally Posted by teacherguy
    I dunno...
    That lower horn just looks odd to me somehow IMHO.
    I think it's because there is a shallower cut-away than I'm used to seeing.

    What made you change from the Consat design?

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    Gotta' go with teacherguy on this.
    That lower horn would be a deal breaker for me,
    which is sad because I like everything else about the bass (especially the 4/2 headstock arrangement).
    That lower horn, besides being plain difficult, is just ugly and doesn't match the lines of the instrument. Scoop it out to the end of the fingerboard. Asthetic and functional.
    By this logic, why have a 24 fret (position) board? Stop at 17.
     
  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    man, every time i see a body outline, i start salivating and reach for my Pro/E icon.

    must resist!

    f
     
  16. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    Hmmm, ok. Well, it's obviously not for everyone. And I'm not sure I'm really set on it either. The headstock if definitely a keeper though, I am very happy with that. It still goes to 24 so it has enough length to have a solid attachment to the body. If it stopped at the body it would just look weird.
     
  17. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    What's that?
     
  18. Josh Curry

    Josh Curry

    May 29, 2003
    Frisco, TX
    OK, how can you tell I didn't have any plans today?

    [​IMG]
     
  19. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    If the bottom horn just hooks a little like the top one, I think it will look cool. Well doggonit, I just like it period. I'd buy this bass !!!! That's just me, anything that's different I'm a big fan of.

    Really nice !!!!
     
  20. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Right. Still offset, but a little more like the top. With full access of course.;)