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NBD: Tom Clement Fretless 4 String #454

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aproud1, Apr 16, 2019.


  1. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Have had this bass a few weeks now. This is my fifth bass from Tom. He builds a great bass, has outstanding communication, excellent pricing and is an all around nice guy. Been fretless free for awhile and needed a new one. Been telling myself my next fretless would be from him so after saving up... I placed an order.

    • 4 string Jon shape
    • Alder body
    • Claro Walnut top
    • Unlined Pau Ferro fretboard
    • Dual P pickups V/V/T
    He gave me a build time and we are on our way. Tom creates a facebook build page and shows progress along the way. This is a page just for your bass. He also emails you pics of progress. So below is what we started with:

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    Here is the build page: Clement Bass

    So along the way I received a picture of the fretboard radius, rough neck and body cuts, test assembly and Tom and I would discuss various options. Everything was finished well within the quoted time and below is what I ended up with. A truly great bass! Plays and sounds great. Balances perfectly and I do mean perfectly. Weighs in just under 8 lbs too. Fit and finish is fabulous and all with the price range of a modern US Fender??? This bass is exactly what I was looking for.

    If you are looking for a custom bass I highly recommend Tom Clement.

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  2. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Nice!

    Those are great photos.

    I imagine it sounds and plays great too.
     
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  3. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    That is a beauty !
     
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  4. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Thanks! It does. Yours should be along pretty soon.
     
  5. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    I know! I can't wait!
     
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  6. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I think if I ever go the custom build route, it'll either be Tom Clement - whom I have read nothing but good about - or, if I were to keep it "local" (Canadian), Mike Kinal.

    Surine and Linc Luthier are considerations too...
     
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  7. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Have always wanted to try a Kinal. Haven't gotten my hands on one yet.


    I've worked with a lot of small builders of various things. Tom is one of the best I've worked with. I never had to wonder what was going on with my new bass. Ever.
     
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  8. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Yup, he has that reputation...:thumbsup::bassist:
     
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  9. fritzk9

    fritzk9 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Indianapolis, IN
    That's a nice bass! Tom really puts out great basses!
     
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  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    wow! my kind of ax! what a beautiful piece. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
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  11. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    So sweet.
     
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  12. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Very nice looking bass... imo a nicely balanced body and non-F peghead combo, not always done as well as this.

    Enjoy. ;)
     
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  13. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
    Congrats on the new bass!

    Tom gets a 10/10 when it comes to communicating with his customers, IME.
     
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  14. rashrader

    rashrader

    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    Oh, man.... That’s GAS inducing!!!
     
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  15. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Congratulations, Beautiful Bass.
    You already heard my love of the Double P setup elsewhere.
     
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  16. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Need to figure out a date for you to check it out. I’ll consult my social coordinator and pm you.
     
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  17. wncBass

    wncBass

    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    Wow! beautiful
     
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  18. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    Love that reverse PP. I may have said the same thing on FB.
     
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  19. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Excellent! I'm not ready for a new fretless, but if I was that would be high on the list. Congrats :thumbsup:
     
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  20. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    You're the PP guy.
     

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