my latest build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by hoytbasses, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. hoytbasses


    Mar 30, 2003
    Cape Cod
    I build stringed instruments.......
    here's a wenge/bloodwood/maple neck through: claro walnut burl faceplate, macassar ebony f-board. Nordy 59j neck pickup and humbucker bridge pickup in wood shells: matching wood knobs, core and back are black walnut. I'm pretty happy with it... probably on my top 3 list of favorite builds... and my first foray into flat radius fingerboards (using banjo frets)

    I have ONE more set of this amazing burl that I'm starting to think about building up.....still, after all these years, my favorite part: birthing a new instrument. The fact that the client(who became a friend) loves it is icing on the cake!


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  2. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
    Looks great, Karl. You have any close pics of the body? That bridge looks really interesting. And it looks like you must have had to be pretty careful to keep its carriage bolts away from the output jack.
  3. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Love the neck. The jack is placed in no very usual place.
  4. hoytbasses


    Mar 30, 2003
    Cape Cod
    I build stringed instruments.......

    here's a closer picture of the front: The bridge was milled by me from 6061 aluminum and use saddles from a hipshot triple lockdown individual bridges... (thanks Jason at Hipshot) ....

    I milled it, then did LOTS of hand work to get it very sculpted looking. I also made the knobs.

    thanks for the nice comments, all

    Karl Hoyt

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  5. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    THAT BASS IS EFING AMAZING!!!! whats the finish? love the sound hole
  6. hoytbasses


    Mar 30, 2003
    Cape Cod
    I build stringed instruments.......
    thanks: It's my home brew of tung oil and polyurethane, hand-rubbed coat after coat until the bass gets the patina of a well used hand tool......
  7. bassmanhamilton

    bassmanhamilton Commercial User

    Nov 21, 2007
    Owner, J. Hamilton Guitars
    Really nice Karl! I love a great piece of walnut.
    How do you like the flat fret board?
  8. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    Very very nice!
  9. Anthbass


    Jul 24, 2006
    Very nice lines. That is an instrument to be proud of. Kudos.
  10. Very nice!! I live on the Cape in Bourne. I gotta check these things out!
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Great design and well done.
  12. hoytbasses


    Mar 30, 2003
    Cape Cod
    I build stringed instruments.......
    thanks, all.

    As for the flat fingerboard, I am someone who adapts quickly to nearly anything. When I first strung it up, it felt a bit foreign to me. but after I did the setup and got the whole action comfy, it felt very natural.

    Another nice feature of a flat fingerboard is that there is no arch of the strings to compensate for with the pickups. flat pickup, flat fingerboard.....

    and to Nick: not much to see in my little basement shop at least right now: I will have somewhere between 4-6 basses in various stages of completion by mid march... give me a buzz (I'm in Harwich and in the phone book) and I can have you drop by then.
  13. basste


    Oct 8, 2003
    Awesome ... *jaws falling down on the ground*

  14. Very pretty! LOVE the inlay!

    A fine looking instrument, indeed!
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