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Ptcoustic Bass: Build Thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doner Designs, Feb 21, 2019.


  1. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Ever since I first saw Lindsay Buckingham playing a Rick Turner Model One and wondered what the heck it was, I have had a fascination with the idea of electric basses that have an acoustic vibe from an appearance standpoint. The Turner Model One (both the guitar and bass version) is a solid body electric but the round thing in the middle gives it a bit of an acoustic look. The piezo system gives it a bit of an acoustic sound.

    Inspired by instruments like the Turner Model One as well as the Carvin AC40 and a few others, I wanted to do my own take on that sort of a style. Very rough mock-ups of the bass and the fake sound hole are pasted below. All of the parts are on order now, so I'm in wait mode.

    By the way, the Fender Acoustasonic guitar which recently came out was not part of the inspiration. This one has been on my mind for a few years now. Still the Fender version is pretty cool and has some similarities to what we are planning.

    Here's what's in store:

    - Warmoth Custom T Bass body - double bound, hollow mahogany with spruce top
    - Warmoth roasted flame maple neck with 24 fret figured ziricote fretboard
    - Nordstrand Power Blade P bass pickup
    - No preamp & no piezo - passive P bass with unique look and sound bc of hollow body
    - Babicz Z-Series black bridge
    - Hipshot Ultralight tuners
    - Axetremecreations pickguard (fake soundhole and rosette)

    To help with balance, neck is slim taper profile with graphite rods and I asked for the heaviest piece of mahogany they could find.

    I'm really excited about this one. Most of my past personal builds have been J bodies with four to six pickups, four band preamps and insane wiring. The woods were really nice, but in the end they were/are fancy jazz basses on steroids.

    This one will be a studio/engineer friendly passive P bass with a unique look and slightly different sonic qualities. Realistically, the semi hollow body vs solid body will be audible but very subtle. Basically a passive P bass that looks nothing like a P bass.

    A word about the name "Ptcoustic". In case it's not obvious, the P is the for the pickup, the T is for the body shape and the 'coustic relates to the look. I was calling it P-Coustic, but later thought of incorporating the T instead of a dash and like that so much better.

    The pt also reminds me of an arctic bird called the Ptarmigan and, as a lover of cold climates and hater of summer, the word Ptarmigan makes me smile. In fact, if I were a competent woodworker I might call it the Ptarmigan bass and cut Ptarmigan shaped inlays in the neck and/or body. Hmmmm.

    Pictures to follow as parts arrive and while she takes shape.
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    P-coustic Mockup.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019
  2. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Latest iteration of the portable hole arrived from Axetremecreations. Looks great in my opinion. They are also doing versions with abalone and red tort outer rings as well as a wood version without the ring.

    It doesn't look terribly complicated to make, but it was. The tight tolerances and symmetry were hard to get right but I'm happy with the result.

    I laid it on my acoustic to get an idea of how it looks on spruce. The actual body and neck are scheduled to arrive from Warmoth this weekend.

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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    WhiteTailed_Ptarmigan_banner_688x280. Ptarmigan
     
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  4. So you're putting a P pickup in the soundhole of an acoustic bass. How does it sound?
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    No.

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  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I like it. Reminds me of a Carvin AC Series... or Tom Petersen's big ol (12) string from a few decades ago.
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Unboxing

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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Mock up

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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks! Didn’t know about the Hamer until today. Was inspired by the Turner Model One.
     
  10. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    As usual, great attention to detail. Very nice.
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Thanks!
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Tort!

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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Tung oil really sets the flame on fire.

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  14. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    :hyper:drool
     
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  15. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Do you mind me asking what Warmoth body that is please?.....
     
  16. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Custom T bass is the name.

    Options selected are hollow, rear rout, side jack, double binding, spruce top on extra heavy mahogany, clear gloss finish.

    The small body and short horn will make it prone to neck dive which is why I asked for heavy mahogany. Rosewood would be over $1000. Also went with slim J neck profile and graphite rods to help with balance.
     
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  17. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Thank you sir....Much appreciated....:thumbsup:
     
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  18. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Aaaargh!......How, in the name of all that is considered even reasonably sane, did I manage to miss all of the info in the OP?...:wideyed::jawdrop:

    Sorry Steve...:bag:
     
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    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    I’m in hyper enthusiasm mode so don’t mind repeating it at all.

    :)
     
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  20. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Thank you...You're very kind....
     
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