1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

My Cliff Bordwell 2020 summer bass builds!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scottm, May 12, 2020.


  1. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    My Cliff Bordwell 2020 summer bass builds!

    For at least ten years now I have been a buyer and a big fan of Cliff Bordwell basses. I’ve owned nine of his basses over the years, with two new ones in progress currently. Cliff’s basses are of the best quality and craftsmanship I have ever played! Not to mention that Cliff has great communication and finishes his builds at the time he forecast they will be done each time.

    Even though I am not affiliated with Cliff’s business in any way, he was nice enough to name a model after me after I asked him to modify his Ball bass design to be much larger in size since I was such a large guy at the time. That model is the BIG McNeely model, and I still own two of them.
    Here is a picture of the two BIG McNeely models I currently own.
    414EBC3B-D3FB-44F1-A4B6-AAEA95BBA1C0.jpeg FE22EC01-FD83-452F-9196-BC4544AA0A58.jpeg

    Here is a pic of the CB basses I have owned.
    0D5308A8-0E17-44E4-A2DC-6706F05049AD.jpeg

    Now on to the new builds....

    Big McNeely-Bass 4-string
    Dimensions
    Scale length: 32
    Neck shape: Jazz
    String spacing at Bridge: 19mm
    Construction
    Neck: Wenge with with one inch flame maple thick stringer down the middle
    Fingerboard: Spalt Purpleheart Ebony side stripes with Maple accent veneer underneath
    Fingerboard Radius: 0(Flat)
    Nut: Dymondwood
    Full faced top: Yes
    Body woods
    Top: Buckeye burl w/purplheart stripes further out like artist series
    Accent: .125 Purpleheart
    Core: PNG Walnut – Purpleheart catseye bottom side
    Accent: Thin Purpleheart(.022)
    Back: Figured Walnut
    Headstock shape: “CB”
    Headstock plate: Same wood as top
    Walnut back of headstock cap
    Cavity cover: matching (probably won’t match with the back that is chosen)
    Hardware
    Color: Black
    Bridge: Hipshot style “A”
    Tuners: Ultralites
    Truss rod: two-way adjustable
    Fretted: 24
    Output: 1/4" Face mount(N/C)
    Electronics
    Pickups: Aguilar SUPER DOUBLE 4SD-D1
    Pickup covers: Buckeye Burl Wood pickup caps with Purple Heart accent
    Preamp: Aguilar OBP-3
    Controls: (5)Vol/blen/treble/mid/bass - Buckeye Burl with PurpleHeart knurled knobs
    Luminlay side dots
    Top:
    C776AEAC-0464-4F95-A2F1-7685C6C02BDC.jpeg
    ————————————-

    SCB-Bass 4-string
    Dimensions
    Scale length: 34
    Neck shape: P-bass - D
    String spacing at Bridge: 1.675 nut 20mm
    Construction
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”
    Nut: Dymondwood
    Full faced top: Yes
    Body woods
    Top: Tulipwood
    Body: Alder
    Headstock shape: “CB”
    Headstock plate: Same wood as top
    Cavity cover: Alder
    Hardware
    Color: Black
    Bridge: Hipshot style “A”
    Tuners: Ultralites
    Fretted
    Output: 1/4" Face mount
    Electronics
    Pickups: Fender (Fender Professional P pickups)
    Pickup covers: Standard
    Preamp:NA
    Controls: (2) Volume/Tone
    Notes:
    Luminlay side dots
    TI jazz flats
    Top:
    15B2B254-F240-4498-A931-02E53C2BE17B.jpeg

    I am very excited to see both basses come together after coming up with the specs with Cliff’s help over the last year or so. I’ll update this thread whenever I get updates, thanks for reading!

    -ScottM
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2020
    TinIndian, JimmyM, RodneyMac and 18 others like this.
  2. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Here are my two build updates so far.
    BIG McNeely body core wood being glued up.
    7B7574ED-9B2C-4265-9AAD-D4B239DC0AB7.jpeg

    SCB bass’s top being cut.
    FDAB6D77-DAC6-48BF-93D5-9C0D51B75395.jpeg


    -ScottM
     
  3. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    You know I'm watching this thread! :cool:
     
    scottm likes this.
  4. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Thanks, and I’ll be looking out for your build thread soon I think!

    -ScottM
     
  5. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    gas pains. maybe time to get back in the queue for another...
     
    scottm and mikezimmerman like this.
  6. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Do you have any ideas for a new build?

    -ScottM
     
  7. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    yes. maybe holly. or other extreme buckeye. If i go holly thinking a custom viola type shape. if buckeye i would borrow your shape.
     
    scottm likes this.
  8. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Both ideas sound cool, I’ve always wanted to try a holly topped bass!

    -ScottM
     
    nonohmic likes this.
  9. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Thanks! I don't think mine will start until late fall/early winter.
     
    scottm likes this.
  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Wow. Really impressed with his work. That fingerboard on your fretless is beautiful!
     
    scottm likes this.
  11. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Thank you!
    That bass I’ve had the longest. I swear it must have been 10 years since I bought it. It still plays great; perfect neck.

    Edit: Yep, I did a review on this bass back in
    July 31, 2009
    CB Basses Big McNeely

    -ScottM
     
    jumbodbassman likes this.
  12. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Here’s an update from one of my basses this morning from Cliff.
    It’s the SCB bass’s Tulipwood headstock cap!
    147E0AE0-EC83-4003-AF07-0C81EC5E0538.jpeg


    -ScottM
     
  13. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Nice use of the grain pattern!

     
    scottm likes this.
  14. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    loving the tulipwood. the piece you got i liked alot especially the darker inside. i went more uniform. wimped out. LOLOL
     
    TolerancEJ and scottm like this.
  15. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    Thanks!
    I played an Alembic a long long time ago that had a tulipwood top on it. It must have been at least 20 years ago, and sense then I wanted one!
    The last one I had I only sold to help pay for my house, so I don’t regret it... but do miss it!

    -ScottM
     
    TolerancEJ likes this.
  16. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
    All kinds of great updates on the SCB today, here is the heel accent wood being used.

    It’s a sweet looking piece of Douglas Fir!
    DC46A9EF-7FC8-46BC-94E5-A7EB7C25A921.jpeg

    -ScottM
     
    Rabidhamster and mikezimmerman like this.
  17. 2F5F279F-5D98-45F2-BBA6-3D1CED8ACDFF.jpeg Nice basses for sure :) Tulip is amazing

    Here is my Tulip and Holly (Not CB, Sorry) C2DB464C-22CD-4C43-83F2-57F0C47E1F2C.jpeg
     
  18. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    fine piece of holly..... and that tulip bass is my favorite fodera. Vinny gets top notch wood. has enough for over 10 years in inventory.
     
  19. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Virginia
  20. TapyTap

    TapyTap

    Apr 26, 2005
    Scott, nice updates!

    Christian, nice looking basses!
     
    scottm likes this.
  21. Primary

    Primary TB Assistant

    Here are some related products that TB members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to TB’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to TB discussions about these products.

     
    May 16, 2021

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.