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New African Mahogany fretless 5 - a few pics of the finish

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Flynn, May 16, 2004.

  1. This bass has been in the pipeline for too long now - I'm embarrassed to say almost a year! Anyway I just wanted to share a few new pics of the finish finally going on - and the headstock which has a Thuya Burr top piece on - there will be the same burr on the pick-up covers - with ebony surrounds as well as for the backplate cover and the truss-rod well - it will be great - but I have learned a new definition of the word patience!

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/finish%20stage%201/headstock_7.jpg>

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/finish%20stage%201/bass_heal2.jpg>

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/finish%20stage%201/bass_back.jpg>
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Which of the British Luthiers is making it for you?
  3. It's a guy called Jeff Chapman - he's based in Brighton and has been making guitars of all shapes and sizes since about 1970-something - he's a great guy, and since the bass has taken so long to build we;ve become good friends. He charges £300 a string - so your average 4 string is about £1500 - but that's not including souped up electronics and any other fancy top woods or various other options on the build. He does build the most exqusitely (spelling?!) playable instruments that sound and look lovely - a bit more low key and less showy than your average custom basses but just the business to play:

    MOre of his work here:
  4. The Urbs

    The Urbs

    Feb 23, 2004
    Looks awesome! Is that an ebony fingerboard?

    Post impressions right away!
  5. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    is that mahogany with transparent red finish?

  6. That's ebony on there too - and regarding the finish - it's a transparent acrillic - as for as I know all it has in it are these tiny micro-crystals that bring out the figuring in the wood - that is the natural colour of the wood. I wanted a bass made from one piece of wood - it was a shelf in a school believe it or not - Jeff took it and quarter sawed it so that the dark stripe runs parralel down each side (it's the same part of the wood reversed, and the through neck is the same - if you look from the bottom of the bass it has a distinct zig-zag in the grain - the guys a master builder for sure! Should be finished some time in June, or July, or possibly August!!!!
  7. The micro beads you speak of are a type of grain filler. They are essentially clear when put under a finish and won't color the overall shade of the wood.
  8. I knew that was the exact definition of them - yes, they bring out the natural tones of the wood - and fill all those pesky dips and bumps! Cheers