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My new Stambaugh with Macassar Ebony top

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wolfehollow, Mar 15, 2003.

  1. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL

    Please forgive my digicam... more bad pics: http://www.xush.net/mywebpages/Xush Basses_files/jon's stammie/john's stammie.htm

    Here are the specs:

    Builder: Chris Stambaugh
    Model: Custom 4 string fretted
    Neck: Neck through, 5 peice of maple, wenge, purpleheart
    Fingerboard: Macassar ebony, 24 frets with inlay on the 12th fret
    Body: Mahogany
    Top: Macassar ebony with pph, maple, pph "wedge" in the center.

    Pickups: 2 Aero pickups with wooden covers, mahogany, pph, macassar
    Controls: 2 volume, 3 band with mid switch and actice/passice switch
    Preamp: Aguilar Obp-3 18-volt


    I love coming up with an idea for a bass and seeing it come back to me better than I imagined. Everytime I send an idea to Chris Stambaugh, he takes it to the next level and returns a product above my expectations. This bass has a sleek, fast feel and a slim neck, perfect for a violinist turned bass player. :) The aero pickups and aguilar pre deliver a modern warickenbacker tone that is exactly what I was looking for. I am already trying to figure out what my next one will look like...

    Just thought you guys might want to see it. Thanks to Xush for hosting!!!

  2. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    lookin' good there!
    Can't wait to get together and swap basses...uh, I mean try out each other's gear.

    You done good!
    What are you cooking up next?
  3. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    nice! ebony is sweet!
  4. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Very nice! I love how the top covers half the neck-through... But isn't the fretboard extension kind of unpractical, when slapping and such?
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    The fretboard extentsion is on the thumb (E) side
    of the neck, where people typically don't pluck. It
    stops right after the last fret on the G side.

    Sweet bass, Wolfehollow. Stambaughs are one of
    the best deals out there IMO, easily amongst the
    true best bang for the buck instruments.
  6. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    tres doux...
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Very nice! Unusual work in the neck-body core piece. I like it. And that purpleheart "hidden" under the ebony fretboard looks cool. Digging the body shapes of both basses, too. Your design or CS's?
  8. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Sweet bass!!
  9. dmaki


    Apr 29, 2000
    looks very similar to a bass i was sketching out in math class a couple months ago:D very cool
  10. That top is killer, and I like your fretless singlecut as well.
  11. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Yes, I know, but I thought it would get in the way of the _thumb_ when slapping. Maybe not, i've never played anything with something like that. Don't really see the point in it though, except for aesthetics, or maybe it can function as a thumbrest?
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Super nice woods.......really like the way the purpleheart was used - not giant pieces but sets in there like a gem.

    Really like the design, too.

    Stambaugh seemed like a helluva a good guy to work with when I talked to him about a custom in 2000......very good pricing, too!
  13. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL

    I dont slap much and I use that as a thumb rest, plus it looks cool... so all of the above I guess.

    I designed the bodies and Chris put his spin on them... he always sends me something better than I expected... its great!

    I really like these basses and he is a great guy to work with...
  14. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Nice bass.

    I like the pu covers, with the thin layer of purpleheart. Nice touch.
  15. that's gorgeous!!!
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I slap over the fretboard so in my case it wouldn't make a difference. OTOH if it extended on the G string side that would be a major problem plucking-wise.
  17. Looks good.. but that fretless single cut looks AWESOME!..

  18. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    I really cant say enough about these basses... his latest stuff has been spectacular.
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Wow, that is a beauty! The purpleheart touches look fantastic with the ebony.
  20. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Very nice, man! Congrats. :D