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New Territory

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by budman, Dec 31, 2005.


  1. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    At least for me anyway. Fanned frets and ponderosa pine. I thought it was such a nice looking piece of wood when I saw it at the wood dealer I had to try and make a bass out of it. Sands and cuts not disimilar to alder. A tad bit softer. Not as light weight as I thought it would be, but it'll be fine. The top is zebrawood with an ash accent.

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  2. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I'm looking forward to seeing this one come out.

    I'm guessing your'e going for a piano type tone between the fanned frets and the pickup placement? You'll get a lot of overtones with the pickups where they are. Should be interesting.
     
  3. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Pickup placement at this point has to do with what was available that would work in a slanted position. Those Bartolinis are rated for a 96 to 102mm spacing, which doesn't give you a lot of wiggle room. Where they ended up is strictly a math thing. The locations are actually fret positions (as if the fingerboard continued) that match the 96 and 102mm spacings. I'm just hoping to get some noise out of it. If it's successful and the bass is playable I'll probably look into having some pickups made that will work in different locations.

    LeCompte DBH-6, working title
     
  4. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ah, got ya. What will the scale lengths be?
     
  5. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    wow, that's very similar to my design! Looks good though, this is probably my favorite model of yours so far, good work. I can't wait to see it finished.

    Greg
     
  6. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    No, your design looks like mine. ;) I've been working on this for months.
     
  7. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    36" to 33". I've also worked up a 5 string design with the same shape in a 36" to 33" scale with a single "sweet spot" pickup.
     
  8. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    oh, lol. I had no idea you were working on something like this, my bad.

    Greg
     
  9. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    Some people have all the fun. grumble. :scowl: :D
    Looks good.
     
  10. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I can't wait to see the final product Bud, that one will look great!!
     
  11. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    Wow bud...need I say again that you are doing yet another amazing job?

    How did you or how are you going to make the fanned frets? That is, how do you know where to cut them?

    By the way...that one kinda reminds me of a bee bass. Not a bad thing. I really do like it.
     
  12. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Oh, you just sort of figure out ways to do these things as you go a long. I used a fret calculator and then connect the dots to make a pattern.
     
  13. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    OHH I see. So you did 33" dots on one side and 36" on the other and then connecdted them. Ok got it. Very cool. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
  14. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Bud, You continue to impress. That Pine looks wondeful, You would have thought??
     
  15. I'm assuming that you first draw the string lines and then place the fret marker dots on the strings (for a 6 string, that would be the B and the C), then you connect the dots...

    doesn't really sound too difficult...but it would be fussy to cut the fret slots...
     
  16. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Racine,Wi
    same headstock? or a little different.
     
  17. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    The headstock is a derivative of my other design so I'm suing myself over copyright infringements. I'm shooting for maximum damages.
     
  18. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    Making some progress. Had a little bugger show up in the maple on the heel. It appeared as I was shaping the contour. Oh, well. I might draw some legs on it and make it look like a spider. Slotting the fingerboard was a real pain, but I kept plowing through it and got it done. So far everything looks promising.

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  19. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Man, you're pumpin' 'em out like crazy....I hope to one day be as efficient as you seem to be.
    Nice design. I've always liked the 'reverse' type body design, like the explorer/firebird models and some of the one's Scott F. has come up with. That piece(s?) of pine looks yummy!
     
  20. fookgub

    fookgub

    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Looking great! I can't wait to see the finished product.