Just finished my 1st bass what do you think?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by louis, Feb 6, 2001.

  1. Here's a pic of my new bass. It has a 5 piece wenge and purpleheart thru neck with american black walnut body wings and a bubinga top the fretboard and nut are ebony. The hardware consists of an ABM 6 string headless system and a Bartolini triple coil musicman pickup.

    <img src="http://www.btinternet.com/~louis.gardner/Bass/fullfrontflat.jpg">

    There are some more pics on my website at http://www.btinternet.com/~louis.gardner/Bass.htm
  2. wow that pretty funky, looks sweet kind of looks like a buzzards profile without the neck
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    W O W !!!
    How much would you charge for a custom Bass?
  4. That's a good question. I guess it would depend a lot on what wood and hardware was required and then working out how much to charge for actually building it. This one took about 6 months of evenings and weekends but I was by no means working flat out and a lot of that time was spent waiting for things to arrive so I guess the time to build could be shortened significantly. I think at the moment it would be a case of talking it over with anyone who was interested and agreeing on a price.
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    louis - You are rightfully proud! I surprised you didn't allow the 5-piece neck to show off on top. The woods you used make it really different. Then again, that's just me.

    Some questions-

    > What was the most difficult part; the truss rod?

    > What's the weight (or approx.)?

    > Where did you get the exotic woods, like the purpleheart?

    > How would you describe the tone?

    Congrats on an impressive effort!
  6. Thanks rickbass1,

    The hardest part was probably just getting surfaces flat so that when you glued them up there wheren't any gaps :)

    The truss rod wasn't too bad as it's a double action one that just needed a straight slot routed for it.

    I don't think the weight is too bad although I still need to fit strap locks so I haven't really stood around with it on yet! The body and body section of the neck is actually hollowed out under the bubinga top so that helps. I'm glad I did that otherwise it would be rather heavy.

    I got the woods from David Dyke Luthiers supplies here in the UK. Not the cheapest place but the wood seems pretty good, especially the bubinga top.

    Aaaah! describing tone! I'm not very good at this :) I think I'll try and record a little demo and put it on my web page then you can hear it for yourself! Of course my totally incompetent playing may scare you to death :)
  7. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    Whoa, looks like a wooden funky axe !
    Original and nice, IMO.
    Is it heavy ?
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    That's exactly what hit me right off. I thought, "This has to be chambered."

    I could see that baby with some sweet inlay like some sort of Mayan motif in paua abalone or...whoops! there I go. Sorry. :rolleyes:

    Thanks for the info!
  9. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Looks like a super professional job!
  10. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    Geez, I can barely make a sandwich...

    Very nice, Louis. Beautiful.
  11. Whoa! That's beautiful, Louis. Really offbeat and unique design. I'm interested to know how much the body design inhibits playing in the upper registers on the lower strings.
  12. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    :D stupid me ...

  13. Nathanael
    "English is not my mothertongue ... that's probably why you think I sound stupid".

    no probs! I like the quote! English is my mothertongue and I still sound stupid most of the time :)

  14. I guess if it was 4 string it might cause some problems if it wasn't carved away enough round the back of the neck but with it being a 6 and having such a wide neck anyway it isn't really a problem unless you're into playing over the neck to play up there?

  15. Nope, not me! I was just curious. I'm still working on the old 4-string.
    So, are you going to start building more, or was this just a one-off? Because from the looks of it, you could be a pro luthier.
  16. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    VERY impressive Louis, interesting design as well. Tell me, what is the string spacing on it? And are you planning on using the inlayed Dunlop strap locks? That way you could put the button somewhere up on the back of the body by the neck, after you found the perfect balance spot, as long as it wasn't in one of your chambers, that is. Good show! :D
  17. Dave,

    I am planning to build more but my wife has banned me from producing any more sawdust till we move into our new flat in April :(

    Thanks Gard,

    Yep the Dunlop strap locks are what I'm planning on using just got to get hold of some. The string spacing is about 8mm at the nut and 17mm at the bridge. This was one of the things I was worried about when I was planning it, I thought it might be a bit tight but I'm getting on with the spacing pretty well and it is adjustable at the bridge although it's more or less maxed out at 17 or 18mm

  18. that looks really sweet.. great work

    I'd be proud to own something like that