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Korina/Maple 5 String for Dan

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Simo, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. I'm about to make a start on a bass for a friend (& former bandmate) of mine, Dan from Days of Ruin (www.daysofruin.com). Over the last few weeks Dan & I have been going over all the details as well as drawing out full size plans & templates from his original sketches.

    Here's the spec so far...

    5 string, 35" scale, 24 frets
    Korina body, with 1/2" Quilted Maple top
    Plain Maple neck
    Macassar Ebony fretboard
    Black hardware: Hipshot bridge, Ultralite tuners
    Pickup choice still isn't 100%, at the moment Dan's leaning towards a Nordstrand MM along with a Jazz at the bridge.

    Here's a rough sketch...



    I'm working on getting my current build (6 string bass) completed before I get stuck in on this one, all being well I'll start to plane and glue up the wood next week :)
  2. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    The top is nice. Wadkin1?
  3. Yep, you win the prize :D I get most of my tops and fretboards from Andy, his wood is always top notch.
  4. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    I got a nice big leaf quilted maple top off him as well. The couriers lost it for a week or so and gave me the run around. Andy refunded the shipping costs as soon as he heard about it, even though I told him it wasn't his fault. He followed up every day after that until I received it, superb customer service that's above and beyond what you would expect in this day and age.

    Can't recomend him highly enough for anyone in the UK
  5. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Hooo boy. This bass is going to be one evil thing.
    Can't wait to see. Subbed for good measure.
  6. Cant wait to see this one take shape - and get that 6er finished, its a looker, we wanna see how it sounds!

    Totally agree - I keep checking his ebay shop for anything interesting he might get in. Cheers to Simo for recommending him!

    He can do you custom cuts just as easily as standard, unlike the big sawmills - makes a big difference to us smalltimers without our own bandsaw :)

    EDIT: Also, where did you get the korina?
  7. The Korina was from SL Hardwoods, give me a shout if you need any, I'll have 4 or 5 body blanks up for grabs once it's planed next week.
  8. I planed the Korina this morning and picked out these pieces for Dan's bass. I just trying to track down some dyed black veneer for the accent lines, then work can begin.


  9. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Nice looking I wonder why Wadkin1 only ships to Europe?
  10. Try here:


    towards the bottom of the page, £2.95 per sqr ft

    I think there is a minimum order though, so you may need to combine with other stuff.

    I know for a fact he ships to north america, could probably ship by surface to save on carbon.
    Otherwise, can you get English timbers in the US?
  11. Cheers :) although I'm trying to find thicker veneer for the body, 1.5mm - 2mm, they only list 0.6mm in the dyed veneer, I might shoot them an e-mail just in case though. I'm still waiting for a reply from marquetry.co.uk as they list it on there website... in the meantime any other suggestions are more than welcome.
  12. Im going to get some 1.5mm english walnut for my next one. The sawcut veneers can be cut thicker... dont know whats the maximum thickness that can be dyed?

    Also, theres here:

  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    "I know for a fact he ships to north america, could probably ship by surface to save on carbon.
    Otherwise, can you get English timbers in the US?"

    I just checked out his auction page and he only lists shipping to Europe I guess you would have to contact him directly if you wanted him to ship to the U.S.?
  14. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    wow that looks great! are you going to round over the edges?
  15. Yep, it'll have a 1/2" roundover.
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Nice top! It looks like you cut maybe a good inch from each half along the join line, right? It's almost unusual to see a top without the contrasting center stripe that's popular now. Very nice. It puts the focus back on the body shape, rather than the wood figure.
  17. that top is just perfect! :eek:

    that glueline is flawless, and its not like you can hide the line in the grain with that quilt! - do you use a machine jointer?
  18. Thanks :) yes, I have one of these...


    ...it's a nice machine but to be honest I'm looking forward to getting myself a decent hand plane, especially for more delicate jointing tasks like quilted Maple.
  19. Nice jointer, bet thats fun to play with :) But look out, buying handplanes can be addictive!

    EDIT: Woohoo, just picked up a #6 and a #27 off ebay!! no excuses for wonky necks now...


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