PRAT 5 String

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

  1. 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


    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. Here is the drawing idea:

  4. I think I just can post 1 bass a time...

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


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Looks good!
  6. 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. Thank you, Fabian!
  8. 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:


  9. gbarcus

    gbarcus Commercial User

    Jul 20, 2008
    Minneapolis & St.Paul, MN
    Owner of Barcus Basses
    Ziricote!!! hubba-hubba!
  10. I can't tell you how excited I am on this one! Man it's gonna kill!

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    And you will not be disappointed.
  12. 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. Ok, so I was working with the neck these days.

    First, I glued all the pieces together:


  15. Then, I used the jointer to clean the upper part of the neck:

  16. 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 :)


  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

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

    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. Genius Oscar!!
  19. 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.