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Love child of EB-0 and Thunderbird II: Brooks EB-TB

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basvarken, Jan 20, 2018.


  1. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I've got a new bass ready!
    Best one so far. ;-)

    All the Brooks basses have been a take on the first EB-0 with Les Paul Junior double cut body shape. But they're all 34" scale and all of them combine shape of the EB-0 with the characteristics of another classic.
    This time it's a love child of the EB-0 with the Thunderbird. Hence the EB-TB name.

    I made the center piece nine ply mahogany and walnut. Glued flamed mahogany body wings to both sides.
    I used nickel plated hardware. And a 9.2 K humbucker from EY Guitars.
    The pickguard is three ply with the flame of the Brooks logo engraved. And the lines on either side or cut out. This was done by a friend of mine with a cnc machine.

    brooks-eb-tb-full3-1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-body-angle-1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-back-heel1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-back1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-headstock-back1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-headstock-close1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-bone-nut-close-1500_orig.
    brooks-eb-tb-volume-knob-close-1500_orig.

    Even looks good without pick guard... :)
    I didn't drill holes for the screws yet. For the pictures with the pick guard I cut the screws off behind the head. Leaving just enough to screw into the pick guard without touching the wood of the body. And I used double sided tape to keep the pick guard in place. So if anyone wants to buy it without pick guard, that is possible without leaving the holes 8)

    brooks-eb-tb-full-without-pg1500_orig.


    Pics of the build process in the posts below
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018
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  2. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Neck blank
    brooks-eb-tb-neck2_1_orig.

    Body blank
    brooks-eb-tb-bodywings_1_orig.

    Cut to pieces on the saw table
    fivepieces_1_orig.

    Strips of walnut veneer in between
    ninepieces_2_orig.

    The neck angle of the neckthrough construction with low angle jack plane and chisel. The taped part is where the fretboard will come. So I had to keep that raised a bit.
    planing-the-body-angle_1_orig.

    Angle of the headstock sawed and planed. And trussrod channel routed
    headstock-angle-brooks-eb-tb_1_orig.

    Here is the raised part where the fretboard will come
    trussrodchannel-brooks-eb-tb_1_orig.

    Center piece in rough shape
    centerpiece-neck-shaping_1_orig.

    Face plate
    ebony-faceplate_1_orig.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2018
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  3. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Glueing the fretboard with bicycle tube strips tied together
    glueing-the-fingerboard_1_orig.

    Glueing the body wings
    glueing-the-wings_1_orig.

    Hey Bo Diddley
    body-complete_1_orig.

    Routed the body shape
    brooks-eb-tb-body-routed_1_orig.

    Controls cavity routed
    control-cavity_4_orig.

    Head stock getting in shape
    headstock_1_orig.

    Drilled and routed some holes
    pickup-cavity-and-bridge-post-holes_1_orig.

    First a yellow stain for a warm glow
    yellow-stain-honey-gold_1_orig.

    Then a light mahogany on the edges for a subtle burst
    light-mahogany-edges_1_orig.

    And dark mahogany for the sides
    nice-burst_1_orig.

    Lacquer process
    first-layer-clear-coat2_1_orig.

    Meanwhile making a design for the pick guard
    brooks-eb-tb-pickguard-sketches1500_1_orig.
     
  4. Hout

    Hout

    Jun 17, 2015
    Leiden, Netherlands
    Awesome piece of work! That subtle burst looks superb!:thumbsup:
     
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  5. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Quick video to give you an idea how she sounds
     
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  6. Very Nice Basvarken!

    Love the beautiful mahogany and the finish - I have a very soft spot in my heart for both mahogany and the LP Junior body shape. A VERY soft spot.

    Kudos all around, and it's barkin' as the clip clearly indicates!

    Nice Job!
     
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  7. bylar13

    bylar13 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    Beautiful! What is the asking price?
     
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  8. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    € 2100 (which is about 2580 USD). Case included.
     
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  9. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Got some more pics of the Brooks EB-TB
    brooks-eb-tb-upside-down-1500_orig.

    A clear view at the nine ply center piece
    brooks-eb-tb-nineply-1500_orig.

    Don't let the shape of the heel fool you. It is neck through!
    brooks-eb-tb-neck-heel-area-1500_orig.

    Stringed with Rotosound RB50 strings
    brooks-eb-tb-from-lower-bout-1500_orig.

    brooks-eb-tb-bridge-topview-1500_orig.
     
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  10. wagdog

    wagdog Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Waiting for the bus
    I love the faux set neck!
     
  11. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative

    Oct 12, 2006
    Metro Motown
    The Truth Is Out There
    I can officially, unabashedly, publicly, like this sweet baby now! :D
     
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  12. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Pretty excited to know that this bass will be making its way across the pond in a few days!
     
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  13. Looks great. The pickguard makes that bass IMO.

    BnB
     
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  14. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Very pretty. Love new takes on a classic. Looks good without the pickguard, but much better with IMO. Where did you get the bridge and tailpiece?
     
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  15. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Thank you.
    I scored the bridge at Philadelphia Luthier on Ebay
     
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  16. Kenova

    Kenova

    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Wooooooow! Love 'Bird pickup, I want same with P bass body.
     
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  17. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
     
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  18. RedVee

    RedVee

    Dec 24, 2014
    Australia
    That is awesome
     
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