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Redwood 6 String

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Simo, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. I've just started working on my next commission, a 6 string bass.... spec as follows,

    American Cherry body wood
    Redwood Lace Burl top, with matching headstock veneers
    Red dye, oil/wax finish

    Sapele & Black Walnut with Ebony laminates
    Macassar Ebony fretboard
    Dual truss rod & graphite rods
    24 medium frets
    Custom Ebony inlay at end of neck
    Graphite nut
    Stainless steel inlays
    Oil/wax finish


    Nordstrand pickups x2
    Hipshot type A bridge, Black Alloy with 19mm spacing
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners, Black
    Aguilar OBP-3TK pre-amp with mid-frequency switch and passive/active switch


    Mdf template...

    Redwood top, wetted to raise the grain...


    Gluing the top
  2. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i already love this one... subscirbed
  3. JackLondon


    Jan 18, 2009
    I already can't wait to get my hands on this beauty :D Still 4 months :(
  4. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Subbed. I think I'll enjoy seeing this one get finished. :)
  5. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    Nice specs Simo!

    What made you decide to go with the two truss rods and graphite rod?

    What is the scale length going to be?
  6. Ahh I should of wrote 'dual action' truss rod, I'm using the one :) along with the graphite for a bit of extra re-enforcement. The scale length is 35"
  7. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Stainless steel inlays on macassar ebony gets my attention.
  8. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i didnt notice that part the first time i readd through this. what will you be coating the stainless with? i know it wont rust, but doesnt stainless have to be clearcoated to stay shiny? i suppose you could buff it with a polishing compound, but wouldnt a polishing compound ruin the wood on the FB? just curious:smug:
  9. I don't polish the inlays, I leave them with a satin finish. I used them with a Mac Ebony board on my last build, and it turned out well... http://usera.imagecave.com/Simo/f2.jpg

    ....although, I'll probably be using sterling silver for the main fretboard inlays, as I think Jack wanted tube style inlays, with black centres. I'll stick with stainless for the side dots though.
  10. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    ok i see what you mean. for some reason the image in my head was an overly ornate fretboard inlay with a chrome like finish. i like that the dots match the frets. very cool.
  11. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    How's the burl redwood compare to curly redwood as far as hardness goes? I love the look of curly redwood but hate working it because it dents so easy.
  12. This is the first time I've ever used Redwood, so I can't compare it but from what I understand, due to the grain being twisted and more compact, it does tend to be harder... don't quote me on that though:D
  13. Clamps are off, and after a quick sand it's starting to look good...

  14. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    that grain is spectacular!
  15. Subscribed! Nice design, beautiful wood!
  16. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    Looking GOOD! Gorgeous woods you've chosen throughout...I am curious about the tone characteristics and what prompted the choice of redwood top (other than it's obvious beauty). I'll be following this with great interest icon_thumright.
  17. JackLondon


    Jan 18, 2009
    The choice was simple - The wood looks stunning and once it's finished it will look like the bass is on fire:hyper:
  18. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    Beautiful top there Simo, can't wait to see more progress!
  19. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    Wow. That's an absolutely stunning piece of wood.
    Where do you find your Mac. Ebony Fingerboards?
  20. The Ebony and Redwood for this build came from Andy @ http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Prime-Timbers

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