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New ramp, new camera...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brad Johnson, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Maybe my pics will suck less;). Just got a ramp installed on a recent acquisition, a Brubaker KXB 5 Custom. Silver Maple body and top, Walnut veneer, Maple neck with Zircote board. Bartolini quadcoils with an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. Hipshot hardware. The ramp is painted scrap wood.








    Some other basses I haven't had decent pics of yet...

    F Bass Studio 5

    Fodera Anthony Jackson Contrabass


    Brubaker NBS-1

  2. That is a really nice collection of basses.
  3. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Why do the Brubakers have bolts on the control plate?
  4. Rob Mancini

    Rob Mancini Guest

    Feb 26, 2008
    To hold the control plate on?


  5. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Oops, I just realised that big one is the only bolt on there. I just assumed that there was little ones too.

    Carry on folks, I'll just crawl back in my hole now. :ninja:

  6. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    VERY cool ramp, it looks nice and clean, what kind of paint did you use? I'd love to build one for my 7 string but I'd be worried about the paint wearing off from sting friction, What did you use to attach it? Love the Fodera. Is the back of the neck of that that first Brubaker painted, that looks cool too.
  7. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    i love the basses. brubakers are great.

    i dont get the whole idea behind ramps though
  8. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Love the green F bass- really nice!
  9. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    yea that studio 5 would be a nice sister my my blue studio
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Yep, the Studios are my favorite F Basses
  11. When using a ramp, the strings never contact it...

    As for the person who said they don't understand the concept, get one made and try it out. If you're into economy of motion, free stroke, or 4 finger technique, you'll dig it. Probably one the biggest turning points/best things i've ever done.

    I made mine from scrap wood also, painted it black, and sealed it.
  12. MoD_Scotty


    Jul 22, 2007
    Thrapston, UK
    Awesome. I like the F Bass most. SEXXXXY.
  13. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Ohh so YOU have the exact bass collection I want.
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Kevin sprayed it with a matte black to match the Bartolini's finish. Most people look at it and thinks a big pickup. It's attached with 3M double-sided tape, holds well but comes off easily enough if need be. It wears extremely well... shines up a little with use but can be easily re-dulled (I know that's not a word:)).

    The back of the neck is finished in black. I like the look and it feels great. A friend just had Kevin do his Ken Smith 6 in the same finish...

    IMG_0224. IMG_0305.

    IMG_0306. IMG_0311.
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    These are just the basses I brought down to mess around the camera;).

    The pics are nowhere near the quality I've seen elsewhere but they're better than my previous pics with the 2mp camera. One of these days I may actually spend some time learning how to take pics. When I have some time.
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    The ramp basically stops your fingers from going too far past the string when you pluck. People think it makes you pluck softer but that's not necessarily the case at all IME. I can still pluck hard, with the ramp my finger is back in position to pluck faster. It's like playing over the pickup except with a ramp that matches the radius of the fretboard, the strings can be closer overall.

    In my case I also play more parallel to the body than most and this makes that even easier once you get the hang of it. If you pluck "down" towards the body you'll run into problems. With maybe 2-3mm of clearance on my high C, the string never hits the ramp... because it's vibrating more sideway (hopeful that won't start another elliptical motion debate;)).
  17. koobie


    Jul 11, 2007
    Portland OR
    I feel stupid admitting this but... are you saying the ramp is some kind of a finger/thumb rest?

    BTW, your basses are beautiful.
  18. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Brad, you're Brubakers kill me man. Great basses.
  19. puff father

    puff father Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    All very nice. F is my favorite but I'm biased.

    It's easy to see you're having fun with your new camera too. :)

  20. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006
    Those are all stunning, Brad-I love the AJ and the new Brubaker. That F-Bass almost looks like malachite.

    Nice pics.


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