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New Lonnybass: Extreme Birdseye Burl

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lonnybass, Jul 19, 2017.


  1. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Here we go again on another build! This one will be a Super-Fived version of my recently completed six string.

    Specs are as follows:

    Alder body w/ash tone block (debating on purpleheart stringers)
    Three piece Tiger maple/walnut neck
    Ebony fingerboard
    Exhibition grade birdseye burl maple top
    Pickups TBD
    Mike Pope 4 band Preamp
    Evo gold frets
    Luminlay side dots burl top.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
    jfh2112, pjbassist, RobertUI and 6 others like this.
  2. Bassworship1

    Bassworship1 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Wow...That will be a beautiful body. I don't know that I've seen Birdseye look quite like that.
     
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    That isn't your chalk line is it?

    I don't recall Lonny building Fender clones
     
  4. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Nope, that was just a rough layout that the sawmill put on for sizing purposes. The actual bass will look like my standard shape, kind of a hybrid between an Fbass and Fodera Emperor...

    burl bass.jpg
     
  5. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_1754.JPG Naphtha and the body shape!
     
  6. Teacher

    Teacher

    May 3, 2012
    Goodness gracious me!
     
  7. Frederiek

    Frederiek

    Aug 8, 2016
    Netherlands
    That is a STUNNING piece of wood... wow. I really dig that body outline!
     
  8. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_1822.JPG Some really nice tiger maple is ready for milling to make the neck billet.
     
  9. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_1881.JPG The neck billet ready for truss rod, tapering and fingerboard. I love the way this turned out.
     
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  10. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Here the body wings are glued up. This is the first time I'm doing a few extra steps, using biscuit joins and a pair of walnut strips down the center as a tone block in the style of Fodera and Alembic. The walnut is 1/4" thinner than the alder because I will be adding a nice strip of tiger maple laminate over the top to match the neck.
     
  11. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
  12. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
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  13. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
  14. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_2004.JPG IMG_2005.JPG IMG_2006.JPG IMG_2007.JPG IMG_2008.JPG The work on the neck can begin. Here the boards are laid out and the truss rod channel is made.
     
  15. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    The decorative burl veneer is installed at the base of the neck to match the body.
     
  16. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
  17. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_2009.JPG Tapering the neck
     
  18. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Rough shaping of the body.
     
  19. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    IMG_1987.JPG IMG_1988.JPG IMG_1990.JPG IMG_1991.JPG IMG_1992.JPG IMG_1994.JPG Coming out nicely. You can see how close the live edge bark is to the contour of the bass.
     
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  20. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass

    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Laying out the headstock veneer...
     

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