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PRAT 5 String

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by pratbasses, Oct 1, 2012.


  1. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Hi everybody.

    A new thread for a new bass. Thomas (aka thomasjbass) is the boss, he choose these nice specs:

    -5 strings
    -Original II Prat shape
    -34” scale
    -Ebony Gabon fretboard, 24 frets, side dots
    -5 pieces neck thru: 3 ash + 2 wenge
    -Mahogany body wings with full Ziricote top and ziricote wings backs. Curly maple contrasts between mahogany and ziricote
    -Ziricote headstock top
    -Ebony with ziricote top knobs
    -Bartolini soapbar pickups, dual coils, with parallel-single-series switch
    -Aguilar OBP-3 with a/p volume push pull, blend, bass, mid, treble, mid switch
    -Hipshot A style bridge, 18mm string spacing, black
    -Hipshot ultralite tuners, black
    -Graphite nut
    -SIT strings
    -Dunlop Straplocks
    -Natural oil finish
    -Custom case
     
  2. PaPaVB20

    PaPaVB20

    Aug 19, 2008
    Great! I want to see that ziricote! Very nice specs! Oscar is one of the best luthiers out there! Will you start a thread about my Prat bass? Jaja
     
  3. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Here is the drawing idea:

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  4. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    I think I just can post 1 bass a time...

    This week I'll put pictures of the woods :)
     
  5. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Looks good!
     
  6. PaPaVB20

    PaPaVB20

    Aug 19, 2008
    I can post another one since it's mine i guess jajaja that singlecut design looks great, I love the horn section, perfect access to higher frets, and it follows the design lines very nice
     
  7. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Thank you, Fabian!
     
  8. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Today I was cutting some wood, the ash and wenge for the neck. I like the grain, that is quarter saw in mirror position.

    Also, I was checking the ziricote full top. Here some pictures:

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  9. gbarcus

    gbarcus Commercial User

    Jul 20, 2008
    Minneapolis & St.Paul, MN
    Owner of Barcus Basses barcusbasses.com
    Ziricote!!! hubba-hubba!
     
  10. thomasjbass

    thomasjbass Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Highland Heights, OH
    I can't tell you how excited I am on this one! Man it's gonna kill!
     
  11. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.


    And you will not be disappointed.
     
  12. PaPaVB20

    PaPaVB20

    Aug 19, 2008
    I love that ziricote top! (besides koa my favorite wood)
     
  13. Saw these woods in person the other day it all I can say I wow! This bass is gonna sound great!
     
  14. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Ok, so I was working with the neck these days.

    First, I glued all the pieces together:

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  15. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Then, I used the jointer to clean the upper part of the neck:

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  16. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    And finally, I used the drum sander to clean the low part of the neck. Like you can see, I glued a piece of wood on the nut position, 4 mm deep. This way, I can flatten the neck and at the same time I can make the neck thickness :)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Subscribed.

    Oscar, if I ever get rich and famous, the first thing I am buying is a Prat bass. As always your work is outstanding.
     
  18. thomasjbass

    thomasjbass Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Highland Heights, OH
    Genius Oscar!!
     
  19. pratbasses

    pratbasses Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Spain
    Thank you, my friend! And good luck! :D

    Seriously, you craft some beautiful instruments, too!
     
  20. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thank you, I'm getting better with each build, but I am still learning.