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NBD - Custom Explorer

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tbad62, Dec 22, 2016.


  1. tbad62

    tbad62 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I've always wanted an Explorer bass to match my '77 Explorer, but I always hated the baseball bat necks on them. I also didn't like the larger size body of the bass version. So, I had a blank mahogany guitar size body made with a P bass neck pocket by Roman Guitars, bought an early '90s P bass "A" neck and had the headstock refinished to compliment the Gibson, then put a Fender wide-range p/u @ the neck with a Thunderbird bridge p/u and an old '70s BadAss bridge I had in my parts bin. I couldn't be happier with how this project turned out!
     

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  2. Bettyboo

    Bettyboo

    Nov 7, 2016
    That's really nice, congrats/well made, Sir.
     
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  3. 4-fingers

    4-fingers

    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Cool build, cool pic! Flying V bass next?
     
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  4. tbad62

    tbad62 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Already have one of the Gibson Ltd. Editions they did back in 2012.
     
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  5. 4-fingers

    4-fingers

    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Any pics of that one?
     
  6. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Very cool, congrats!
     
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  7. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    1 of 1. Congrats!
     
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  8. knigel

    knigel

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hopedale, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Looks great! I was thinking about doing something similar.
     
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  9. Aholde

    Aholde

    Dec 3, 2016
    Tennessee
    Wow, that's awesome!
    I've been trying to get an Explorer bass built (on an extremely tight budget) for the longest time, but no one sells explorer bass bodies. However, explorer guitar body blanks are plentiful and cheap!
    What effect does the smaller body have on the sound/tone and balance?
     
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  10. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Nearly a "Fenderbird" ala John Entwistle. :)
     
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  11. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi tbad,

    good idea to put a fenderneck on that! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    let's play some rock!

    :bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist:
    thY6ZDDB89.
    :bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist:

    happy NBD:):):)

    may the bass be with you

    Wise(b)ass
     
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  12. tbad62

    tbad62 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I don't think there is any negative effect, but since it's a 1 of 1, it's hard to say. It's an absolute beast as far as I'm concerned. The Fender wide range humbucker is one of the best sounding pickups I've ever had. That's why I put thme in my custom Coronado and EB3 also. I do think it was critical to mount the pickups where the harmonics are on the bass, rather than where you would typically find them.
     
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  13. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    That's very nice. Did you get a 34" scale with that? How's the neck-dive with the smaller (lighter?) body?
     
  14. Very nice - such a classic look and it looks Immaculate.
     
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  15. tbad62

    tbad62 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Yes, it's a regular 34" scale, and the neck-dive is minimal due to the shape of the body.
     

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