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Rosewood necked 6 string?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by sargebaker, Apr 30, 2006.


  1. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I was wondering if an ash bodied 6 with a solid rosewood neck/fingerboard would be a good idea? Would the bass be unbearably heavy or neckdive? a local guy made a tenor 5 string completely out of rosewood and the thing sounds like a bell! it's a real slap monster.
     
  2. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    It would be really heavy for sure. Neckdive depends a lot on the body design. Out of curiosity, who is this local guy/luthier you speak of?
     
  3. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    He's relatively unknown, name is Max Villeneuve, it's not Pierre Laporte or anything :p What I want is a very traditional Jazz styled body, with most likely Bartolini Classic Bass G6 pickups, or Nordstrand Big Singles. Hipshot ultralites to help with weight/neckdive.

    What body shape would help to limit/reduce neckdive? I guess the MPG/Fbass esque shapes with the upper horn extending to or past the 12th fret, or a singlecut.
     
  4. pacmanb

    pacmanb

    Jan 19, 2005
    Bulgaria
    Many Conklins have those long upper horns, and they don't look bad at all :) ; Peavy Grind is another example...
    You may also consider a scarf-joined headstock, made out of some light wood- light ash or korina for example. Or make it headless :D

    Btw. I'm just starting a fretless 5er, five-piece ash/rosewood neck (rosewood stringers are pretty wide) so neck-dive bothers me too
     
  5. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    IF I ever decide to have it built, my best bet will be to just have a sit down with the luthier and get his input.... I've been getting bad GAS for an MPG Level 6 though...
     

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