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NBD: Ptcoustic Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doner Designs, Mar 23, 2019.


  1. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Just finished this Warmoth project.

    Ptcoustic Bass: Build Thread

    Ever since I first saw Lindsay Buckingham playing a Rick Turner Model One and wondered what the heck it was, I have had a fascination with the idea of electric basses that have an acoustic vibe from an appearance standpoint. The Turner Model One (both the guitar and bass version) is a solid body electric but the round thing in the middle gives it a bit of an acoustic look. The piezo system gives it a bit of an acoustic sound.

    Inspired by instruments like the Turner Model One as well as the Carvin AC40 and a few others, I wanted to do my own take on that sort of a style. Here's a description and photos are below. Just finished it today so I don't have any sound samples yet.

    - Warmoth Custom T Bass body - double bound, hollow mahogany with spruce top
    - Warmoth roasted flame maple neck with 24 fret figured ziricote fretboard
    - Nordstrand Angled pole P bass pickup with the poles blacked out
    - No preamp & no piezo - passive P bass with unique look and sound bc of hollow body
    - Babicz Z-Series black bridge
    - Hipshot Ultralight tuners
    - Axetremecreations pickguard (fake soundhole and rosette)

    To help with balance, neck is slim taper profile with graphite rods and I asked for the heaviest piece of mahogany they could find. Turned out perfect at 8.6 pounds and perfect balance. Actually the body side is heavier so there's not even a hint of neck dive.

    I'm really excited about this one. Most of my past personal builds have been J bodies with four to six pickups, four band preamps and insane wiring. The woods were really nice, but in the end they were/are fancy jazz basses on steroids.

    This one is a studio/engineer friendly passive P bass with a unique look and slightly different sonic qualities. The tone from the semi hollow body vs solid body is audible but subtle. Basically a passive P bass that looks nothing like a P bass.

    A word about the name "Ptcoustic". In case it's not obvious, the P is the for the pickup, the T is for the body shape and the 'coustic relates to the look. I was calling it P-Coustic, but later thought of incorporating the T instead of a dash and like that so much better.
     
  2. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Pictures here. Check build thread for in-process shots if interested.

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  3. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    USA
    I like it - unique and obviously well done. It reminds me a bit of my Godin A4 without the "sound hole" and the P Bass pickup.

    34" scale?
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks! Yes it’s regular long scale. That’s one reason for using the 2+2 headstock. Looks a little shorter and goes better with the small body IMO.
     
  5. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    USA
    Nice. You have any sound clips? Would love to hear what is sounds like.
     
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  6. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I can't love this enough...have been following on IG.
     
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  7. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Not yet. Soon I hope.
     
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  8. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks!
     
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  9. nixdad

    nixdad

    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Beautiful!
     
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  10. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks!
     
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  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    That oozes with coolness.
     
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  12. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    NY
    Really nice,well thought out.The model one basses are really cool.
     
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  13. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks!
     
  14. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Many thanks!
     
  15. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Super rad!
     
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  16. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Very cool man you have a lot of creativity in your build for sure.
     
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  17. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks!
     
  18. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks a lot! Inspired by the Turner Model One. Carvin AC 40 is another along similar lines so it’s not totally original.
     
  19. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Beautiful! Reminds me of my Greg Bennett Remington

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  20. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks and thanks for sharing the picture. I had not heard of that one. A little like the new Fender Acoustasonic.
     

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