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Is there an ultra-lightweight short scale headless bass that is also beautiful? (NBD Muckelroy)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThinCrappyTone, Mar 2, 2018.


  1. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    30" Scale? Under 6 lbs? Fits in a guitar gig bag? Bonus points if it plays and sounds like a Ken Smith? Is there such a thing?

    Yes. Yes there is. Weighing in at a featherish 5 lbs, 12 oz, I give you The Brady Muckelroy Headless bass:

    • 30” Scale
    • 26 Frets
    • Cherry/flame maple 3 piece neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ultra-light swamp ash body
    • Passive Kent Armstrong Custom Wound J80 pickups
    • Series, parallel, single-coil switching
    • vol/vol/tone configuration
    • Hipshot Hardware
    • Nickel Frets
    • MOP side dots
    • 5a Quilted maple top
    • Oil finish

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    IMG_0151. IMG_0163. IMG_0165.
     

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Gorgeous!
     
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  3. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Thanks! Brady is doing some fantastic work. Just saw a redwood bass he made... what a work of art.
     
  4. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Canada, eh!
    Nice
     
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  5. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    That's outstanding. I love stuff like that because I couldn't begin to come up anything as well-thought-out. Then there's the execution which is top-notch. Way impressed.
     
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  6. HeyPauly

    HeyPauly

    Feb 25, 2018
    Gorgeous bass.
     
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  7. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    My mind was blown when it arrived. Especially because it was such a unique build, so I no idea what it would end up looking like. To say he exceeded all expectations is a big understatement!
     
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  8. That's gorgeous, would love to hear it
     
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  9. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    Wow..... drool
     
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  10. ScrewDevil

    ScrewDevil Guest

    Feb 18, 2018
    Ok, I'm not a fan of headless or short scale basses but that is nice!
     
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  11. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Here is the man himself demoing way better than I could :D
     
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  12. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Beauty.
     
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  13. Check out Warmoth's website, not as upscale as a Ken Smith or Muckelroy but still they are very good basses. I played one that had smaller frets, and narrower fret spacing. It was fun. Great slap bass with light gauge strings, it did have some Ken Smith pickups in it though. Very nice tone, and you can add any electronics you want. Ken Smith, Aguilar, EMG, etc.
    Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts - Custom Bass Body Wizard
     
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  14. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Thanks! More to GAS over :D Some of those bodies are super light!
     
  15. They have some that are ultra light. I also played some that had Noll, and Mike Pope Design preamps in them. Great sounding basses and electronics.
     
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  16. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    just realized it’s smaller than an ibanez mikro:woot: EB2A7384-AC4C-4762-B8AB-53BC1BD549C4.
     
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  17. Oh thanks, now I want one. Darn it.

    All kidding aside, it looks and sounds great - congrats!
     
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  18. Ender_rpm

    Ender_rpm

    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Wow, really great looking bass.
     
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  19. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Really gorgeous bass, man. And that weight, I am so jelaous.

    I always wish, though, that most headless basses had an option for like a small, vestigial, tunerless head. Just something to both stop one's hand from flying off the end of a vigorous downslide, and to visually counter what I think is a really weird look when you're playing down on the first fret or two (kinda looks like someone photoshopped off the rest of the bass past your hand or something).
     
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  20. I honestly thought this was going to be a joke when I read the thread title. That is a great-looking instrument. Congrats.
     

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