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New Ken Lawrence 11-strings Build Thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jean Baudin, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    It's been a long time since I've had a thread for one of my monster basses.

    I actually ordered these shortly after my last one finished in 2005....Hoping they'll be finished in 2011... but I'm not holding my breath. They don't have official names yet, but I'll give them temporary names for ease of referral.

    - Fretless
    - Multi-scale 35" - 30.25"
    - Low C# - Eb in fourths
    - Holly Top
    - Pink Ivory Finger Board, Pickup Covers, Bridge & Tailpiece
    - Double Accent Stripe.. Forget what it is... but it's black
    - Alder Body
    - Maple Neck
    - Pink Fibre-Optic Side Dots
    - Custom Seymour Duncan Humbucker (maybe 2, can't remember what we decided)
    - Preamp, undecided... lots to choose from.
    - No crazy inlay
    - Will probably have some kind of markers at top range of instrument... either dots or little lines... very tiny. Still on the fence with this. Maybe just fly it blind.
    - Overall Goal of Look: Simple, Pretty... almost like Candy.
    - Oil/Wax Finish


    - Fretted
    - Multi-scale 35" - 30.25"
    - Midi-Enabled (high 6-strings)
    - Might go with different tuning (still in fourths though).
    - Quilted Maple Top
    - On the fence about possibly adding a color to the top... light grey or sky blue
    - Ziricote Fretboard, Pickup Covers, Bridge and Tailpiece
    - North-Eastern Ash Body
    - Wenge Neck
    - Blue (I think) Fibre-Optic Side Dots
    - Huge, detailed MYSTERY video game inlay in fretboard (not revealing until the inlay is finished)
    - 2 Custom Seymour Duncan Humbuckers and Custom Duncan Pre
    - Designed to be very similar sonically to Joust (same body and neck woods)
    - Oil/Wax Finish


    Like my previous Ken Lawrence 11, both of these basses will have lead added internally, near the bridge to balance the bass when seated.

    Any questions? Shoot.
  2. Will this be an evolution of the previous model minus the bridge that ran away from itself? I kid, I kid.
  3. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Wow! Even just begun we can see that it (they?) are going to be gorgeous!

    Tell us what we are looking at here. Are there two basses? or is it two stages of one bass? The fingerboard seems to have changed and the white developed a pattern. What is that white material? It looks like the pattern goes through it rather than just applied.

    Inquiring minds want to know more!
  4. Justin Beck

    Justin Beck

    Jan 27, 2007
    Arlington, TX
    Please say one of those gorgeous fretboards in going to be left alone without "speed bumps"...please.

    Gorgeous basses to be.

  5. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    heh. I had the guy that made my gig bag make an inner diaper for my bass. Hopefully, we won't have any more bridges running away.

    two basses. the white wood is holly.

    the holly / pink ivory one is fretless.
  6. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    And once they're finished, you're coming to AZ to put on a performance in my living room, with a surprise Nuclear Rabbit acoustic reunion jam, right?

    They look gorgeous, dudesy. I had no idea you were a Seymour Duncan fan. Listening to your tone, I always imagined Barts were your pickups of choice.
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  7. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    I don't think there's a better builder out there today. A KL Chamberbrase is my dream bass. These'll be stunning I'm sure.
  8. Those are amazing.

    Please come to Australia one day, your CD is great!
  9. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    At the time I had my first Conklin's built, Bartolini was the only guy willing to make pickups that wide/large... obviously there are a lot more options now.

    I don't know if it's Ken's craftmanship or the Duncans... but Joust is the only 9+ string bass I've ever owned where all the strings sound even. It's like there is some kind of natural compression built into the instrument. I'm hoping that is still the case with the new ones.

    As for Nuclear Rabbit, we are still together just everybody lives too far from each other.

    Thanks! And I agree with you. Shame that he is making so many guitars these days. When I visited the shop there were a few basses in production and about 20 of those Explorers. haha

    Thanks for buying it! I'd love to play in Australia. It's on my to-do list.:D
  10. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Yeah, the James Hetfield guitar thing....at least it brings him a great deal of work.

    I still remember playing a couple of his basses years back (Dan from Luthiers Access Group owned them). Those are still two of the best basses I've ever played. A Chamberbrase II would be perfect for me in every way....one day.
  11. OMG OMG OMG!!
  12. Subbed. I gotta see the end results of these babies!!!
  13. If you look at some of his basses, he does have barts...at least in his pacman bass
  14. monkeyking


    Feb 6, 2009
    They look gorgeous so far. I think the fretted will be a real stunner with the Zircote FB, PU covers, and bridge.

    It's more than enough for me to try to wrangle only 5 strings. I know we all very much look forward to hearing these in action.
  15. How's fretless going to be, multi-scale and all.
  16. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    Not sure... I guess I'll find out :eek:

    So, you guys think I should have Ken add some color to the top on the quilted maple bass or just leave it natural?
  17. I like natural to have a pristine vibe to it. Props to ya for fanned and fretless. That's about the only bass I fear. :eek:
  18. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Maybe tell Ken to surprise you. :)
  19. Brendan5


    Jul 18, 2009
    I bet fanned fretless would be nice for intonation on chords. At least on the low end of the board.
  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Now, will you be putting landing lights on the fretboards?