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NBD: Cliff Bordwell 5 string Dola

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mexibass, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    I just received my custom Cliff Bordwell Dola 5 string bass, and I have to tell you, this is a true masterpiece. I’ve owned a few boutique basses like Foderas, Pedullas and such, and this wonderful bass matches the quality of those brands and cost 2 or 3 times less! How can you go wrong? There’s 4 or 5 different shapes to choose from, and Cliff guides you patiently through the whole process from the conception of the bass in your mind till the selection of the electronics, and everything in between. He’s always very communicative either by email or phone regarding any doubts or requests you might have related to your build, and that my friends, is priceless.

    The bass is really lightweight, just as I ordered. The balance is perfect. The neck is really comfortable and the whole instrument sings without being plugged. The electronics are neatly installed, and in general the bass sounds and feels awesome either just thru my amps and cabs or in a general mix thru the in house PA. I haven’t had the chance to record anything with it but I’ll do it soon.

    The attention to detail in the construction process is second to none. I hate to be repetitive, but I keep thinking that this bass really looks and feels like a very, very expensive bass without a doubt. I had a hard time trying to pick up a top among all the beautiful tops that Cliff has in store, but I definitely chose a great looking top. It looks like a Van Gogh painting if you look from a close distance!

    I just wanted to say, you don’t have to save for a decade to get yourself a bass that sounds and plays great, and that is also a piece of art that could easily belong to any museum. Just get in touch with Cliff, you won’t be disappointed!

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    Midak, emjazz, blindrabbit and 6 others like this.
  2. 77stingray

    77stingray Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Skjold Artist
    Fantastic looking bass. Did it come with that gig bag? Also just curious if you had a lot of up charges on this? What were they? Congrats!
  3. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Sacramento, California
    So nice, I had a fanned fret 5 string singlecut a while back... have always regretted selling it.
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  4. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    Congrats! That's a fine looking instrument.
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  5. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Gorgeous!! Congrats!!! :bassist:
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  6. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 14, 2011
    Sales Development Manager NN Inc. - Polymet, USA manufacturer of fret wire
    Wow that's beautiful! Will you gig it? I'd be awful scared to muck that one up.
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  7. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Nope, I got that bag here in Mexico. A great deal. It's a Reunion Blues Aero. Super lightweight yet really sturdy. Compliments perfectly my Bordwell. :) And the up charges were about $350, that money went to the P and Dual coil pups by Norsdtrand, the full-faced top, the 3 mini switches, the custom inlay at the 12th fret and the Luminlay side dots.
  8. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    I think it was your bass that made me find out about Cliff, while I was searching for an alternative to a Dingwall.
  9. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Thank you guys! I'm really happy with this bass. The real purpose of this review is to give props to the master builder himself :). Runnerman, I already gigged with it a couple of times, and yeah, I'm afraid to scratch or dent it but well... I don't have much use for it at home other than studying :p
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  10. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    I see that you are in Cozumel. I used to be there once a week for many years (cruise ship bass player). Man, do I miss Ernesto's Fajitas! :)
  11. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    They're not bad, but you gotta let me show u around next time ur here man :). I'm also looking to get on the cruise ships someday!!
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  12. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Great pics of the bass!
    Enjoy the bass for many years.
  13. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Thanks bro... I LOVE IT!
  14. TapyTap


    Apr 26, 2005
    Thanks for the photos. What are the specifications?
  15. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Beautiful bass. So how long did it take from sending in/transferring the deposit until actual delivery? Please don't sugarcoat it. We wanna know. :nailbiting:

    M. M.
  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Interesting how a lot of these single cuts seen from the back really look more like double cuts with a thin "bridge" top layer connecting the upper horn to the neck.
  17. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    34' scale
    Nordstrand pickups
    Aguilar obp3
    Hipshot hardware
    18 mm string spacing
  18. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    No need for that ;). I placed the deposit in November 2013, and the bass was completed by January 2015, just like Cliff promised. He does batches of 4 basses at a time, I think. I'm guessing it takes him around 3 months to complete each batch. Of course this may vary, but rest assured, Cliff is always there to answer any doubts/requests you might have during the process, either by email or phone. I can't recommend him enough! :)
    blowinblue likes this.
  19. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung Humankind: be both. Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    THAT'S your first clue!
    Lord, it's beautiful! :thumbsup:
  20. mexibass


    Feb 12, 2012
    Cozumel, México
    Thanks bro!
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