NBD: Obstructures Model 34 solid aluminum bass prototype

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cataract, Oct 15, 2018.


  1. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    My aluminum bass dreams have been fully realized with no. 2 of the 5 Obstructures bass prototypes:
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    Milled out of solid 6061 aluminum- the body and fretboard are anodized black and the neck itself is anodized clear.
    The Travis Bean bridge saddles were sourced directly from Kevin at Electrical Guitar Company.
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    The pickup is a custom MM/J with selectable coils, manufactured by Proto Guitars. At 13.5 lbs and 3/4” thin, this thing is snug and sounds massive. Can’t believe I finally own one. Looking forward to seeing what they do with their production run early next year.
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  2. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    Wild
     
  3. creaturegods

    creaturegods

    Sep 23, 2017
    I mean no offense, but my mind immediately went to "Pizza paddle" when I saw that.
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    :D

    Congrats on the new bass!
     
  4. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
    Could that be the best bass for metal?
     
  5. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    It could certainly double as a pizza paddle, or a tire ramp- probably its best use outside of making music would be a battle axe.
    Glad it came with Schaller Strap Locks- wouldn’t want to drop this on my feet.
     
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  6. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    What are the bolts in the body near the bridge?
     
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  7. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    It would be a formidable weapon!
    Looks better than any of the other aluminum basses I've seen, too.
     
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  8. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    If you mean the bolts visible from the back, the three in a triangular configuration are bolting the bridge and neck to the body.
    The middle three screws are holding the pickup to the neck, and two bolts near the neck are attaching the neck to the body.
     
  9. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    No, the two by the bridge visible from the front.

    - John
     
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  10. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Obstructures has a really great aesthetic- function over form, to the max.
    I love the strict, fully symmetrical build, which makes things super easy for those who are left handed. The dual output jacks are there for that reason as well.
    This also makes it easy to bi-amp, as both outputs are fully running in tandem. Can’t wait to run one output super distorted and one dirty/clean.
     
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  11. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Those are probably the tandem output jacks
     
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  12. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The nice thing is, it still looks like a bass...unlike the one that gets posted here every few months that looks like a cross between a boat anchor and a can opener.
     
  13. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Do you mean these?
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    They are indeed the dual output jacks.
     
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  14. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Yes. Ok, thanks.

    - John
     
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  15. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    This bass could easily open some cans. And maybe also anchor a boat— not willing to try the anchor thing out, though.
     
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  16. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Could be. But is aluminum the best metal for bass?
     
  17. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Seems to be— the resonance is crazy, and the weight is reasonable. I’ve owned Precision basses that have weighed maybe 3 lbs less but felt like back breakers due to their thickness.
    I wouldn’t want to deal with a bass made out of stainless steel, my back aches just thinking about strapping on a 20+ lb monster.
     
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  18. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    Tone wood, schmone wood.
     
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  19. rohi

    rohi Lead Lined

    Mar 1, 2018
    South Jersey
    Sweet. How much does it weigh? What does it sound like?
     
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  20. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    Approximately 13.5 lbs - but the fact that it’s so thin (3/4”) makes the weight negligible; it sits very snug to the body, sitting or standing.
    Sounds like a grand piano being played very percussively in a grand cathredal.
     
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