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My short scale 6

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by orgmorg, Feb 18, 2008.


  1. orgmorg

    orgmorg

    Jan 25, 2008
    Dismal, Tennessee
    Hi, I mentioned this project in the short scale six thread in the basses forum. I just got the neck attached and a couple coats of danish oil on it.
    Scale length is 29 7/16" tuned EADGBE
    Body is mahogany, chambered, with a mesquite top.
    Neck is glued in, padauk, with osage orange fingerboard.
    The osage is quite garish right now, but it will darken considerably with age.
    Sorry for the lousy pics.
    6str5.
    6str7.
    6str4.
    6str6.
    6str9.
     
  2. radii

    radii

    Feb 16, 2007
    Jesus ! That fretboard is on fire ! :)
    How much will it darken do you think ?
     
  3. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ

    Feb 12, 2007
    Arizona
    Nice! What electronics are you using?
     
  4. orgmorg

    orgmorg

    Jan 25, 2008
    Dismal, Tennessee
    It will probably get about as dark as the mahogany. It can get way darker, but only when left outside in the weather.
    Electronics will be real simple. I'm using a EMG HZ35 passive pickup, and probably just a volume pot. I never really use a tone control. Not with passive pickups, anyway.
     
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Cool.

    Did you make or buy the osage lumber? What was it like working it?

    So, a baritone scale length, tuned like a guitar one octave down, right?

    I'm surprised you didn't use either the horn shape or part of the shape of those cool body holes for the top of the headstock.
     
  6. Cool. It's like SG meets BC Rich, sort of.
     
  7. Wow, that little bass is rad!

    I bet if you put it out in the sun for a couple days, that wood will oxidize quicker.
     
  8. orgmorg

    orgmorg

    Jan 25, 2008
    Dismal, Tennessee
    Thanks!

    I like a fairly simple headstock shape. The Neal Moser/BC Rich pitchfork stuff is cool looking, but not really my cup of tea.

    On the baritone/bass issue, there is more info on this type of 6 string in this thread:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=391343

    I milled the osage myself.. I think. I have a portable sawmill, but this piece may have come from a tree I salvaged before I had it. It works really nicely with good sharp carbide tools. It is prone to tearout on the jointer, especially on a quartersawn face, like this. It is probably the hardest and strongest wood native to this country. Has a beautiful bell-like tap tone, as well. I often cut up the smaller branches for firewood, and when you toss the pieces in a pile, it sounds like someone playing a marimba. :D

    And yes, sunlight will definitely speed up the oxidation.
    Now that I think of it, the stump that the bass is leaning against in the first pic is osage orange, possibly from the same log as the fingerboard. That's been sitting out for several years.
     
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    There's something cool about that.
     

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