NBD.....Something Fender should have built.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ndukane65, Sep 18, 2021.

  1. ndukane65


    Mar 11, 2016
    Cranford, NJ
    IMG_0232.jpeg Hey there...this is my first thread. (above-Klaus Voormann in the studio 1973)
    Back on June 23rd I decided that Klaus Voormann (Who's Klaus Voormann???https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Voormann) played a very nice looking bass back in the 60's into the mid-70's on many great albums by John, George, Ringo and others. Why hasn't Fender paid homage to this wonderful German bassist? So on that day I decided that I would build a Klaus Voorman Tribute Precison Bass. I ordered the ash body from Warmoth 6/30 and waited over a month to get it. I slowly ordered all the parts like pickup, bridge, pickguard etc. When I got it I had to prepare it for painting so that meant sanding and filling the pores and two coats of shellac. Then I shipped it off to Aurora, IL to my artist friend Sara Gauthier who did an amazing job recreating Klaus' bass from the the scarce photos we found on the web. I got it back and then had to spray 3 coats of nitrocellulose satin lacquer on the body and waited 14 days for it to dry. Finally I put all the parts including the expensive Fender neck in the new brown case and brought to luthier Jerry Pietrzak who skillfully assembled and setup everything within a week. All in all it took 12 weeks to create this very cool bass. It plays/sounds awesome! I'm very pleased with how it came out! I took many photos but the best ones were taken today by my photographer friend Frank Little. Also, I decided to include a portfolio in the case just like Fender Custom Shop guitars get and that was made possible by Kim Thornton. This bass is essentially a Fender American Original 60's Precision except for the body. All the other parts the same Fender parts of that bass. IMG_9218.jpeg IMG_9225.jpeg IMG_1665.jpeg IMG_1646.jpeg IMG_1635.jpeg IMG_1640.jpeg

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  2. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    Wonderful! Klaus Voormann has a very extensive resume. I like to watch youtube videos of him in studio with Lennon, George, Eric, and many other artists. I wish I could emulate his technique and finger style.
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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Cool bass!

    His work on Boom-Boom is other-worldly.
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  4. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
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  5. tindrum

    tindrum Supporting Member

    May 2, 2007
    Suffolk, VA
    Oh man!!! Seriously AWESOME!
  6. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Nice work. Was Klaus’s bass painted by the Dutch graphic art group The Fool?
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  7. Greenstreet


    Aug 31, 2017
    Looks amazing-congrats, and great work!
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  8. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Wow, that is simply fantastic! Amazing job on a one-of-a-kind tribute bass. :thumbsup:
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  9. ShawnG

    ShawnG Gold Supporting Member

    May 2, 2020
    Ft Worth, TX
    Very cool! Really well done. Congrats!!
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  10. basshawk21

    basshawk21 Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2018
    Columbus, Ohio
    Very cool. Nice work.
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  11. RSey716

    RSey716 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    Panhandle of Florida
    Wow... Fantastic job!
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  12. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    That looks fantastic!
    Well done sir!
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  13. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I've always loved Klaus's work and your bass came out beautifully, Fender should do those.
  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Klaus did it himself. He’s an excellent artist.
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  15. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Of course. I forgot that was his education. Now I recall he also did the Beatles Revolver album cover art.

    His bass is very well done. Lots of rich texture in two dimensions. I also like his choice of bare wood elsewhere and on the back with a singular image on it.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2021
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  16. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Bay Area
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  17. Janforth

    Janforth Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    That bass looks awesome, nice work, and you’re right, that is something Fender should’ve built.
  18. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    Firstly, that's amazing!

    Secondly, is there a hidden meaning behind the shift from blue eyes...


    ...to brown eyes...

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  19. Wonderful tribute to Klaus who was a great bassist and artist, but seriously IF Fender had built it how many do you think they would have actually sold? The graphics are a personal statement, too much so for very many to want to copy I would think. Maybe a psychedelic tribute band? But you did a beautiful job replicating it. Of course when you look at some of the signature models Fender has built, maybe you have a point. :D
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  20. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Very cool!
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