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PICS of my new custom fretless 5 - it's almost READY!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Flynn, Jun 20, 2004.

  1. Just got a new digi-cam and I went to see my mate Jeff Chapman who's almost completed my fretless 5 - the finish still needs a little work - then it's just the wiring to go - but I played this beauty and it really is awesome - evenb acousticly it sounds great, feels like butter and I know that the combination of the African mahogany body and ebony finger board will make it fly like butterfly and sting like a bee!!!! Those are Thuya Burr pickup covers too - it's a serious m*****f*****! The setup is just stunning too...

    Better pictures coming soon - like when I get the f-ing thing HOME!!!


    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/Fretless/latest0604_webready/bass_face.jpg>

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/Fretless/latest0604_webready/bass_face_close.jpg>

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/Fretless/latest0604_webready/bass_body.jpg>

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/Fretless/latest0604_webready/back_fulllength.jpg>
  2. Metallideth


    Feb 19, 2004
    nice bass man :D
  3. 6 string demon

    6 string demon

    Mar 23, 2003
    wow tasty
  4. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Nice :)
  5. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    Is that... is it... is that a single piece of wood used for the neck and body?!? I like it a lot by the way...
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    very very very sharp!!! Does the dude have a website? I'd love to check out more of his work.
  7. Is that legal? :smug: Am I missing something like Jeff Chapman being affiliated with Tobias basses by any chance, because the body style is very similar to tobias designs, and the headstock gives that away! :)
  8. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    yes does he have a website or email address? id love him to maybe make me something,That bass looks fantastic
  9. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    It's here!! The mothersized shelf turned booty bass is here :hyper: Looking real good :D

    One thing though... hope it's not a stupid question, but what's the black boundary around the pups supposed to be?
  10. What pickups are they?...
  11. Looks very nice.

    I'd hit it.
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    my thoughts exactly.
  13. That's a tough one because this design was taken from a friend's Tobias - two basses back - the outline is very similar but then again that's what my friend wanted - including the headstock. Whether or not he has 'ripped off' MT's designs is a tricky one - in essence he has but because he makes so few basses it's not like he's calling it HIS design - or my friend for that matter is not claiming it as an original - just as Nordstrand make the NC4, 4, 6, etc based on the Fender jazz outline (with extra curves) or even the SC which Carey obviously explains is based on the design pioneered by Fodera.

    Whether this means that Jeff shouldn't have used the headstock outline or not is hard to say - all I can say is that getting an actual Tobias of this quality on the UK is bloody expensive and actually very hard.

    On a couple of other points from the above replies - the pickups are your average active EMGs with parametric pre-amp etc but the covers are two bits of gorgeous Thuya Burr - which is also on the face of the headstock - the surrounds are strips of ebony - rectangular rings cut out and screwed down - it was Jeff's idea to really show off the Burr covers, and boy does it work.

    The wood overall is African mahogany - it was a shelf in a school where Jeff works part time - he spotted they were about to throw it away, he plained a bit of the surface off and discovered this unbelievable piece if wood. It's been quarter sawn twice, the neck is two pieces bookmatched, then the wings are the same side, split in two then reversed - hence the stripe running down each side.

    The finger board is ebony and the fret markers were inlaid by Jeff, they are thin strips of wood slotted into to perfectly cut slots, then two long strips of ebony bind the side of the board.

    I haven't actually plugged it in yet but even acoustically it just ZINGS - the action is very light and very low - hence it's just like putty in your hands. Jeff is always up for commissions - you can take him any design ideas you have and he will listen and within reason be happy to oblige. He's main;y a maker of classical and acoustic guitars - but what Jeff doesn't know about wood, electronics and hand carving wood - isn't worth knowing! <b>And the good news is I should be picking this beauty up in about two weeks - and finally getting it home - where it belongs. It's like not seeing your wife for a year - I won't be leaving the house for a while!</b>

    Some more of Jeff's work can be seen on my little website here: http://www.munkio.com/jeffchapman/fretless_home.html

    Sorry for the slightly naff galleries - i'd love to make Jeff a proper site but it's finding the time. If you have any other questions please fire away - or send me a private message.
  14. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Thats a beautiful bass, and the workmanship is simply awesome.
  15. thanks dudes!
  16. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    Actually, I'd think ebony or camphor trims on the sides of the covers would have looked much nicer... but hell - it's your bass :D
  17. Hi Rusty, maybe I could have picked camphor, but I really love ebony - and this is my first and only custom bass so far - in my lifetime I may own and comission a couple more but I actually find all the millions of different wood combinations not only highly confusing sometimes (because it's not just aesthetics but tone that are affected through various combinations) but also highly subjective - believe me when I played this bass it's just incredibly good and as for the dark surrounds - I happen to really like them, but thanks for the comments all the same ;)
  18. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Well Munk, that's one sweet lookin bass...
  19. Cheers McHack (love your moniker BTW) it really has surpassed all my expectations - ta again M ;)