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My Brubaker K5B Extreme

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Nov 21, 2002.


  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Some preliminary shots. I'm out of town and have to wait to pick it up.


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  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Wow, nice bass, congrats Brad!

    Early Xmas, huh?
     
  3. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Finest home Bru yet! I actually like that one. I think the color really "fits" the F-hole. Excellent bass indeed. That is also one of the best bookmatches I've seen done on a spalt like that.

    Gets my approval.
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
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  5. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    not too shabby!
    Who painted that tree on there?
     
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
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  7. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    wow very very very beautiful bass!!
     
  8. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    How long was the build time?
     
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Very nice, I have always liked Brubakers. That is the first spalt fretboard I've seen. I really like the f- hole too. I must say it again... very nice.
     
  10. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    KILLIN!!! hey man- i like the way you hold off on "progress" pics until the bass is done!! you're too cool for school-
    looks great!! the spalt fingerboard, sweet- that man has some serious cojones to do that- let me know how that turns out- congrats!!- Adrian
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Elves... who else?;)
     
  12. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Oh my:eek:

    That is one sweet looking bass. Me likes.:cool: :)
     
  13. S#!+

    NICE! WOW!

    When are you picking it up?

    I think I haven't seen you in a while.. :)
    How about a meeting? (of course, sometime after you pick that monster up!) ;)
     
  14. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    man.. that bass is hot. I really dig it alot.. you are one lucky sonofa gun
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thanks guys. Adrian, I was pretty tempted to put pics up.

    I'll get some more pics of the bass up when I get it. I last saw it two weeks ago when we went over finish options. What you can't see is the very nice (IMO) Ash body and the rest of the neck which is comprised of the spalted Maple fretboard, a layer of Ebony and the back of the neck, Maple, which is finished in a Black satin that looks like a composite neck.

    The build time was actually pretty short, maybe 3 months. Kevin suggested the spalted board and I trust his judgement. Shouldn't be any durability problems, the spalt itself was pretty hard and the polyurethane used as a based is well into the wood, which should add to the hardness. We both thought it would be pretty sweet to try it, never seen a spalted board like this.

    The whole process was fun, the hard part was in narrowing down to the final product from all of the options he gave me. Now for the next one...;)
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I'll be back in town tomorrow. I hope I can pick it up Saturday. Then I'll take it home and stare at it for a while:D
     
  17. Hman

    Hman

    Jan 8, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Beauty Brad!!

    What's the function of the F hole??? What type of sounds do you compare this bass to......Fender Jazz, MTD or F bass???

    H
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thanks, H. The f hole is both esthetic and functional, the body is hollowed out in that area. As far as the sound goes... I don't know. I trust Kevin and this was an experiment for both of us. The idea was to do something even more "out" than the already phenomenal (IMO) things he's already done. I still haven't played a late model one I didn't like.

    The Wildcard is the spalted board. I'm expecting it to sound like a Maple board. The bass has an Ash body so we'll see how that combination of woods and the same electronics I have on the other Brubaker (quad coil Barts, three band Bart preamp with two position mids and active/passive switching) works out.

    My other Brubaker kills... if this one sounds anywhere near as good as it looks to me...


    :D:D:D
     
  19. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    hell, Brad - I was tempted to post a pic!! Kevin sneaked me a couple and you sent one- you dont know how hard it was not to leak it to the Enquirer!!- enjoy, man!! i want reports on the spalt board!
     
  20. Brad, that looks I awesome! I really like how the top, fretboard and headstock match up, or at least appear to. Makes it look like one big hunk of spalted maple. The F hole is cool. I have started having a thing for acoustic chambers ever since I played a few Rob Allens.

    Geoff