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RIM Custom HB Fretless 6 (UK)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mcdade, Feb 26, 2006.


  1. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Hi All,

    Ive been busy getting this custom fretless 6 together for a local Bassist,the spec is as follows.

    Marseer Body design with fishtail
    Custom Slotted headstock
    3 piece thru neck of Bubinga and Purpleheart
    Cocobolo fretboard
    Bubinga wings(Hollowed)
    Asian Ebony Bkmatched top
    Asian ebony headstock cap

    Delano SBC HE/S Pickup
    Noll 3 band Preamp
    Custom cocobolo/brass bridge
    Gotoh tuners

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  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    That is sick... :cool:

    A bit of figure/colour/grain overload for me, though...
     
  3. Looks like she's gonna be a beast!

    -ryan-
     
  4. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Exotique!
    I love the RIM bass threads. Good to see you're back!
     
  5. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Thanks for the nice words guys,I'll be putting up some more pics up soon.Also my website will be ready in the next couple of weeks

    Cya for now,

    Robbie.



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  6. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    Robbie, your stuff is fantastic! You have some sleek designs!
    I have to agree with Frank, though, that Asian ebony top combined with the cocobolo fretboard is a little much for my taste.
    Can't wait for your site to be up! LET US KNOW!!

    Jon
     
  7. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Cheers Jon,

    I will post up a link to my website asap,for now here's some more progress pics of todays work.I slotted the fishtail for the brass ancor plate,drilled for the controls and done some more hand finishing.Also my custom Delano Pickups turned up for Garry Cribbs Singlecut Jazz 5.You will see that bass take shape in the next few months.

    I understand the the exotic woods can be a bit to much to take in on this bass,but I love the mixture of woods and how the grains interlock.Im just a sucker for dark woods.

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  8. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    Fantastic!
    If I remember right, you do your own metal fabrication, correct?

    Jon
     
  9. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Thats right Jon,on this one I'll be making the brass ancor plate and the brass saddles for the custom wooden bridge also.

    Cheers,

    Robbie.
     
  10. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Hi All,

    I got some more work done on the bass today,I made a new control cavity cover from the leftover Asian ebony top.I also machined the custom brass Ancor plate.



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  11. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Woah! Awesome. Cocobolo is one of my favourite woods. Oh also, let me know how the Noll/Delano combo turns out, it's something I'm interested in myself.
     
  12. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    No worries AJ I'll post a message up once Ive heard the bass thru my mesa 400+/Aguilar GS412 rig.

    Today I slotted the fishtail for the string layup and started to make the wooden saddle plate.

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  13. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    Super sweet looking! Can't wait to see it done.
     
  14. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
  15. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Hi All,

    Today I put in the MOP side markers,and custom machined the wooden bridge saddle.I'll be making the brass saddles next week and getting some strings on the bass.

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  16. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    That looks really great. Nice design with the bridge and tailpiece, etc. etc.
    Just curious what you're using as a finish? KTM-9 again?
     
  17. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Im going to be using a water based Lacquer called Aqualac HD from a company in the UK,I'll be using a foam bush maybe or even try a cloth.
     
  18. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Wow.

    That's a stunner. Design-wise, the only things I'd prefer different would be a deeper cutaway for the lower horn and a longer fretboard, but aesthetic-wise, that thing is killer.
     
  19. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Cheers for the comments Bryan and JSP,I see what you meant on the lower horn and the fretboard was to size length wise,so I couldn't do anything about that one.Im glad some of you guys across the pond like the bass,ive been getting good feedback in the uk also.

    Thanks guys,

    Robbie.