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My Custom Stambaugh 6 is done!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lokire, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. Lokire

    Lokire Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Seattle, Washington
    Alrighty, I think it's about time to start my own thread on this bass :)

    I sent in my deposit in for my custom Stambaugh around January/February, and after various delays, spec modifications, and working around some electronics issues in the last months, it's finally been completed and it's absolutely everything I could have hoped for...and then some.

    As far as looks and specs go, anyways. I don't actually have it yet, as it was sent to Dan Lenard from LuthiersAccessGroup.com first. Since I ordered through him to support his business - He took a bunch of pictures and will post the bass to his website for all to see :cool:

    Here was my original sketch:


    Then here are the progress pictures I got from Chris earlier on:

    (The top I chose, in board form)




    And the pictures Chris took upon completion last week:



    And then here are the awesome pictures I just got from Dan today :D













    And here are the full specs:

    Stambaugh 6-string Bass

    Custom body design (I designed the body shape myself)
    Black Limba, semi-hollow body core
    Highly figured Claro Walnut front (w/sapwood streak down the middle)
    Figured Walnut Back and headstock Laminates
    Hard Ash Neck (w/ walnut laminates)
    Ebony fretboard (24 frets, with an extended thumbrest design)
    Recessed Straplocks
    Hipshot Hardware (black)

    Electronics :cool:

    Aero Pickups w/radiused figured walnut covers
    Bartolini NTMB 5.3 A/P preamp
    RMC Piezo bridge pickups
    RMC PolyDrive 1 midi/piezo electronics
    13-pin Midi Output

    Control Layout:

    Neck pickup Volume (push/pull for series/parallel operation)
    Bridge pickup Volume
    (there's an internal mini trim pot for the treble EQ)
    Midrange EQ
    Bass EQ
    Passive Piezo Tone
    Synth Volume
    Magnetic/Piezo blend


    Neck Pickup Single-Coil (north)/Single-Coil (south)/Humbucking
    Bridge Pickup Single-Coil (north)/Single-Coil (south)/Humbucking
    3-way Midrange frequency seletor (250hz/500hz/750hz)
    3-way switch (Guitar only / Mix / Synth only)
    Momentary up/down switch (for changing midi presets on an an external controller)

    I think that's it....did I leave anything out?

    :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:
  2. oooooooo aaaaaaaaaa

    nice man, enjoy that fine piece of machinery.

  3. Thurisarz


    Aug 20, 2004
    How does those wood pickups work? Seriously, nice bass! i want a 6er too!
  4. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006

    That's a beautiful and unusual top on an incredible-looking bass.

    Enjoy it!:D
  5. Lokire

    Lokire Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Seattle, Washington
    Are you talking about the pickups themselves (like the wiring/coils), or the wood? It's just the cover that's made out of wood. Doesn't affect the tone :)
  6. Man that's an extremely beautiful bass. Congratulations!

    Love the top wood. This pic right hear does it for me.

    Talk about getting all the bells and whistles too. Can it open your garage door too. :D

    You better put up some sound clips when you get her. I would love to hear the midi capabilities.
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Can I have it?
  8. Lokire

    Lokire Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Seattle, Washington
    Magnetic and Piezo sound clips will come soon after I get her. Midi might take a while though, since I don't have any controller yet to play with that feature, and probably won't for a while. :p
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    +1:D . Seriously, that is one great looking bass! It's as good looking any I have ever seen.:cool:
  10. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Very very nice. Looks like Chris knocked it out. Be happy he didn't stick too your drawing tooooo faithfully.

  11. Lokire

    Lokire Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Seattle, Washington
    Yeah, I'm not a very good artist. It took me forever just to do that sketch :p
  12. BEADG


    Jan 8, 2006
    North Carolina
    Sweet mother of MIDI!

    Sound clips are a must.
    I've been talking with Chris about starting a singlecut fretless for me in March. We're working out the details now but it's a bit slow because I keep changing my mind! Kinda like a kid in a candy store ;)

  13. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    I drew a template a while back that we started making a bass out of, I thought it looked dynamite on paper. When we got the body cut out, it was like "huh?" It was way less symmetrical than I thought it was. This stuff ain't easy! Chris really made it look like your drawing though. What an amazing builder he is.
  14. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    New York
    amazing! chris has put out some of the nicest walnut basses i have ever seen. this probabaly being number 1!
  15. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    Very cool.. that extended thumb-rest thing is GENIUS!
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Congratulations! That is a gorgeous walnut top- definitely my favorite I've ever seen. I like your choice of woods, too. The limba and walnut combo will sound great, and the ash neck will definitely be something different! The electronics should definitely keep you pretty busy! I like the body shape much better than his standard models, too. Very very nice!

    Only have to wait another 4ish months for mine! Luckily, I have something even more exciting coming before then. :D

    We'll definitely have to have a WA get together sometime this summer, though...mostly so i can play your bass!
  17. :eek: Dayum!!!!!!!

    That's a real beauty.
  18. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    Beautiful bass!

    Just curious - what is that square raised area on the electronics cover?

    Dan K.
  19. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    That's my favorite Stambaugh ever. That body shape should be offered on his website.
  20. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Dare I say that it is MUCH nicer than your sketch? :D

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