Parkerish cf-skinned fiver in progress

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MPU, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    So true - I've read many builders/luthiers priorities and they all vary about this and that related to the final aim/goal. Having said that I guess it doesn't hurt to consider any prior formulas/philosophies and develop your own after that. (few 'hard' rules)
  2. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    After all it's about stiffness vs weight that matters IMO. Wood species does not make a lot difference if stiffness and weight are similar.
    My formula for cf skin is to add thick enough skin to make the bass stiff enough to hold the string tension. If I made many prototypes I could perhaps find the structure that would be the best in my opinion. Now I think I'm happy with this structure as it's one the stiffest lightweight basses I've made. Goal accomplished. Acoustically this bass has a strong and clear sound so that's also what I was after. And all this with just pure luck (and some experience from my previous cf skinned necks).
  3. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I got the bass finished tonight. Sounds nice and looks and feels good too. I'll post pics and soundclip tomorrow, it's too dark to take any pics today.
  4. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Here's pics.



  5. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Kewl :D
  6. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
  7. KCLRbass


    Sep 5, 2011
    So, SO rad
  8. silentmike


    May 20, 2011
    Bristol, UK
    Wow. That's awesome! It sounds and looks really cool!
  9. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Definitely cool! Sounds beautiful, looks amazing.
  10. What an interesting process. Nice.
  11. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Verrrrrry nice!
  12. Blue Blood

    Blue Blood Inactive

    Feb 20, 2012
    Associate to Scomel Basses
  13. Very nice! I love how compact it is, what is the weight?

  14. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    Top drawer!
  15. astack


    Nov 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Is it just me, or did this build take no time to complete? Most build threads seem to go on for months. If I was on an hours long gig, I'd want something as light and well balanced as this. Very cool.
  16. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    This bass has been in my mind for almost a year. I've tried this cf skinning in few necks and have all the gear needed to make cf skinning. An hour here and there and the bass is finished. Thanks to mrs MPU who has been very understanding with me and this hobby. Now I have to stay out of my shop for a while:)
    The weight is about 2,85kg. It sure feels light.
  17. younggun


    Jul 19, 2008
    San Antonio
    Exactly what I was thinking. I'm sure there was a lot of planning and background effort that went into it we didn't see, but still a very efficient build for such a unique and great looking instrument!
  18. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    MPU, you does the coolest builds!

    For the metrically challenged, 2.85kg is approximately 6.3lb.
  19. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    ~ most elegant in its purpose and simplicity! Enjoy playing it!
  20. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    how much did it cost altogether?
    Would you build me one?
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