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I got an awesome e-mail today

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Nov 8, 2004.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    For those of us that have built only a few basses getting an e-mail like this is what it is all about. :D

    "Tom,
    You probably saw my feedback over the weekend. I received the bass on
    friday in pristine condition. The only problem was the lock screw on the
    volume knob worked its way out in transportation and now I can't find it.
    On the plus side nothing was damaged, and new knobs are pretty cheap.

    I probably spent about 10 hours playing it over the weekend, and I am
    absolutely in love. The intonation, feel, balance and playability are all
    above reproach. I own a custom US Masters 4-string fretted bass, and these
    are very comparable instruments. The 54 Fender P/U is great and offers
    suprising versatility and volume. I have to give you exceptional kudos on
    your placement of the neck markings. So many fretless bases are vague in
    their neck markings, but your's (from the first "fret" to the octave) are
    dead on!

    As you move into other instruments (fretted basses, guitars, etc), I will
    definatley keep my eyes on your auctions. My wife is a guitar player, too.
    Please feel free to e-mail me whenever you have anything new to report or
    unique ideas. One thing that I would like to see would be an electric
    upright bass that uses actual long-scale gut strings and can be bowed. So
    many of the EUB's that you see on e-bay are nothing more than a bass neck
    mounted to a stand and played in an upright fashion.

    Thanks again for everything. Everyone who spent their time asking
    questions instead of buying missed a huge deal.

    Dave Tessmer"

    Makes my day! :hyper: :hyper:
     
  2. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  3. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Man, that's awesome! I love good feedback, and he sounds really delighted. Bet that made your day, huh? You have a winner on your hands with that bass, was it hard to let it go?
     
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Thanks. Yes it was hard to let go but I really want to make more of that style so I was wanting to see how well it would be liked. That is the second person tha thas wanted me to do a "stand up electric" I am interested but I don't know where to begin........T
     
  5. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Begin with a nice, straight-grained chunk of maple... ;)
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    about 2 feet wide by 3 feet long? :eyebrow:
     
  7. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    That'd be a really short scale, now, wouldn't it? :D
     
  8. Way to go!

    It's nice to get validation on a creation occasionally isn't it? ;)
     
  9. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    You'd probaly be better off with a 3.5 or 4 feet long slab. But only 5" wide...+aestetic additions...
     
  10. Tez

    Tez

    Jan 24, 2004
    Australia
    Zeta make a very good 34 inch bowable bass called the crossover plus they make upright electrics.
    I had a crossover bass that I sold couple of years ago for less than half its value . when I spat the dummy and sold everything now I live to regret :crying:
    Tez
     
  11. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    The Zeta....I tried building something similar a year ago I failed so bad I won't even post a photo. :scowl: :crying: :bawl: It was my only attempt at a neck through. ....T
     
  12. I've told you your basses feel and play much more expensive than you are selling them for. Great job.
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Thanks Ryan, that body style wouldn't have happened without your help. How is yours doing?
     
  14. It's going slowly, but it looks great so far. The body wings are glued to the neck, sanded down and pretty much contoured the way I want it. I should be ordering pickups this week. So, routing for the pickups and electronics is next.
     
  15. teej

    teej

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    You sold the narrow bass?! I remember following your updates as you worked on it. Are those nylon tapewounds on there?

    If you don't mind me asking (please don't think I'm rude or anything), how much did you let her* go for?



    *I suppose it could be a him.
     
  16. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Yea I sold it. The guy loves it and is interested in a 5 string after the holidays. Getting those e-mails make it all worth while. I am working on another 5 string now and then I have a swamp ash body that weighs under 4lb. that I need to make a neck for and put a set of the lindy fralins in. After that one I want to build another "little guy" I have some Shedua I want to use. They are flat wounds I prefer La Bella "Deep Talkin' Bass Strings" though. ....t