NBD - My first selfmade bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZeNery, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. ZeNery


    Jul 25, 2020
    São Paulo, Brazil
    3B80DCBF-7963-43C6-BD34-17CB105EB8B7.jpeg 6AD14C38-AD54-46DB-AFAE-8A5ADB2B5EFF.jpeg I am very happy and proud of myself on having finished construction of this bass for my personal use.
    Would like to hear from all of you more experienced bassists/builders.
    Inspired by MM Stingray models.
    Brazilian woods
    5 strings (D’Addario ETB92-5)
    No controls whatsoever
    Minimalist intention 1B4EBCAA-9FE7-4F57-9012-A6D105F1036F.jpeg
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  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Beautiful! What are the woods - they look great!

    Those D'Addario tapewound strings are nice.
  3. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Very nice work Sir, especially for a first effort. like ctmullins, I'd love to know what the woods used are.
    Are you aware there's a subforum here for luthiery called Luthier's Corner? Lots of experienced and talented people there who share lots of builds and tricks and tips etc.
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  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Not my cup of tea but what a great result!!! Well done and good on ya' for the follow thru. You should be very proud of that.

    Warning, your 1st time success will lead to more.:D
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  5. ZeNery


    Jul 25, 2020
    São Paulo, Brazil
    The woods are all south american woods:
    Body: FREIJÓ (Cordia Goeldiana) also known as Brazilian walnut
    Fret(less)board: PAU-ROXO (Peltogyne Spp), also known as Purpleheart
    Neck: CUMARÚ (Dipterix odorata)
    Skunk Stripe: TAUARI (Couratari tauari)
    These last two woods I could not find a name in English
  6. ZeNery


    Jul 25, 2020
    São Paulo, Brazil
    I didn’t know of such sub forum. I guess I shall start visiting it.
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It’s a beauty!
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  8. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    You want a dope, out of the ordinary pickup for that bad boy? 20210628_165305.jpg 20210628_165302.jpg 20210713_170734.jpg

    Pm me
  9. BaileyMan

    BaileyMan Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    Oly Pen
    Beautiful! I love the simplicity. It really let's the beauty of the woods stand out.
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  10. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    The body wood and that purple heart fretboard are a stunning combination, to my eye. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice work, man!
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  11. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    That is nice and I love the lack of knobs. “A” string tuner is just a touch off but otherwise your string lines are great; thats something that a lot of first time (and sometimes a lot more than first timers) get wrong. Aside from the purple heart, we don’t see a lot of those woods here in the states. Too bad, they are lovely. How does it sound?
  12. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Cumaru is known here in the states as “cumaru” and also as “Brazilian teak” and has a Janka hardness of 3300, which is well into ebony territory. That would make a fine fretless fingerboard. It seems it’s pretty cheap and there’s a lot of it as well. Good stuff. I want some.

    Tauari is native to Brazil, can hardly find a mention of the stuff anywhere save that it’s on the edge of being endangered. It’s pretty, anyway.
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  13. Beautify executed I shall have to repent of the sin of envy one day.
  14. Great job, I hope you get years of enjoyment from your creation. Some nice looking woods too. The only one I knew for certain was the Purpleheart, no prizes there, it's pretty easy to spot.

    Dipterix odorata is known under the name Brazilian Teak. (I see arbiterusa, posted than information above while I was doing my own search.) I couldn't find an common use name in English for Couratari tauari though.
  15. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Looks great, well done!
  16. Bassinga


    Apr 12, 2021
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    That looks fantastic. Congratulations!
  17. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    Would love to hear it.
  18. Wow! Great job!!!
  19. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    That is beautiful! Nice job. I hope it brings you many years of enjoyment.
  20. Katoosie

    Katoosie Bleep-bloopin' thru existence.

    Jun 12, 2020
    Great work Mister, that is a beautiful looking instrument. Congratulations!