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In the works at Brubaker...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    A couple of interesting developements. Let me know what you think.

    Prototype for the new "Brubaker etc." jazz bass:

    bolt-thru neck joint

    sculpted headstock

    I get asked on a regular basis if Kevin builds basses with more than six strings. The only reason he hadn't up to this point is because nobody placed an order for one;)...

    Brubaker 10 string:

    Getting ready for a gig...

  2. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Banned

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    that 10 string looks a bit odd, body looks far too out of proportion with the neck.
  3. Mingus


    Aug 23, 2007
    Don't they all?
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I like that "neck-through-bolt" joint. Sort of hybrid neck joint?, haven't seen that before, very smooth looking.
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Pretty much. If you make the body proportional to the neck, the body will likely be two feet wide.
  6. I was actually admiring how "normal" that body looked for a 10 string. kudos! That first 4 string shown, is that an ash neck?
  7. kringle77

    kringle77 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Massena NY
    Ditto on the neck joint. I came up with that idea years ago but have yet to have a custom built. Why not have better access to the upper frets since you have that great neck joint?
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I'll pass that question along. I know he decided to keep this at 22 frets to maintain a feel and playing position similar to a 70's Fender Jazz.

    Kevin's been doing this neck joint for almost 20 years now.
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    This actually went pretty quick from idea to execution.



  10. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Oh. My. Lord. That burst around the guard is KILLER! My ONLY gripe about the appearance of that Jazz is the knobs. Easily switched, though.
  11. adronchase361


    Jun 8, 2008
    Same here.

    But that body looks awfully small compared to the neck. Maybe it's because it's not finished yet (my eyes are strange) and it looks that way. Though when I see 10-strings, the body is usually bigger than that 10-string I see in the picture.

    EDIT: Like everyone else that liked the finish, same goes for me. It looks epic on that jazz! And to me those knobs give the bass a vintage feel to it IMO.
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Thanks. BTW those are the stock Bartolini knobs. I'd imagine custom knobs will be available.
  13. DaneB


    May 25, 2008
    Western Australia
    Man that finish is sexy. You need to take some big wallpaper sized pics for us :p
  14. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    What a fantastic finish! I already had GAS for a Brubaker, but it just got a LOT worse... :help:
  15. brubakerguitars


    Aug 18, 2003
    I just got done playing this thing for a couple hours(harmonics are unreal). I can't wait to play it live on a gig this weekend! It definitely has something going on tonally.

  16. That looks amazing! Nice burst! :eek:
  17. contakt321


    Jul 31, 2006
    New York, NY
    HMM, I love the finish EXCEPT for the burst around the guard. That's just me though.
  18. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Literally the ONLY thing wrong with that bass is the two round string tees.
    Pleeeeease, just use one of those long bar ones, it'd look so much cleaner.
  19. j3b3r


    Aug 19, 2000
  20. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Kevin never ceases to amaze me....the last thing we need is another J bass out there.....that's what I thought until I saw Kevin's take on it. Very nice. The only other J I'd consider would be a CallowHill Junk.