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Should I build it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mslatter, Jul 6, 2003.


  1. mslatter

    mslatter

    Apr 8, 2003
    This is a bass design I drew up and am thinking about building. The thing is, I like it, sometimes alot, but I'm not sure I love it, if you know what I mean. And considering how much work it'll take me to make it, I think I may need to love it. So, I thought I'd post here looking for others' opinions. Any comments are appreciated.

    My opinion: I like the horn shapes. They remind me of something, but don't know what. I think the waist may be a little narrow, but if I thicken it up, I don't like the curve on the top horn as much. And I had a hard time deciding where to break symmetry on the bottom of the bass. If I look at just the lower half, I don't like it as much as when I look at the whole magilla.

    Whadda you think?
     
  2. mslatter

    mslatter

    Apr 8, 2003
    Oh, and it'll have a headstock. I just haven't drawn one up yet.
     
  3. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    if you build it, they will come....










    :rolleyes: :D
     
  4. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    I like it, though the body probably should be a little wider, and I am not a big fan of it being purple either. But other than that, it looks quite good to me.
     
  5. I dunno. The horn, esspecially the upper horn, seems WAY too long for my tastes. It's length is way too big for it's thickness. Seems like it might get in the way.
     
  6. D*mn, took my line.

    I have seen a bass kinda like that. It's sort of a modified Ibanez looking axe.
     
  7. the horns remind me of the horn on the ibanez iceman guitar
     
  8. Prahainspring

    Prahainspring

    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    I'll second that.
     
  9. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i like it....kind of..it needs some mods to make it perfect tho...
    ill be able to do that....

    steve
     
  10. it looks kinda like a marleaux(sp?), maybe combined with an esh bass.
    go for it!
     
  11. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Kind of cool. I know what you mean about when you thicken the waist, the horn starts not looking right.

    The bottom looks a little Ken Smith-y.

    The upper horn reminds me of a Manne (which I really like the looks of):
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  12. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    They also have a Marleaux look about them as well. I say got for it!
     
  13. incubass68

    incubass68

    Jun 21, 2003
    el paso, tx
    The horns remind me of a Warwick Fortress. The bottom reminds me of an Ibanez Iceman.
     
  14. mslatter

    mslatter

    Apr 8, 2003
    There're a lot of different influences in there (nobody mentioned Jerzy Drozd or Ritter, but they're in there, too.) I was shooting for anything other than another Jazz bass (I own a Jazz, so I'm not dissing them.) And I didn't want to steal shapes from anything. The influences are recognizable, but I didn't use any basses for reference. I just drew out what I thought was a good shape. If anyone wanted to be harsh, the horns are probably most influenced by a canoe paddle. :)

    Other follow-ups:

    It won't be purple, that was just the first random color I clicked when rendering the thing here. It'll be natural, for ease of finishing as much as anything else. I haven't selected the wood yet, but two things will factor into my decision-making there: 1) No maple. I'm tired of figured maple tops. 2) It'll be fretless, and I'll want a pretty woody sound. That might push me in the Warwickified bubinga/wenge combination, though since I'm already moving off the beaten path, I may seek out some less common tonewoods.

    The top horn may be a bit long, but not terribly so. It's just a hair into the 12th fret (that's the line on the neck.) I moved it out there to combat the neck dive I expect to have with such a small body.

    You'll note there's about three inches behind the bridge, too. That's to give it a little back weight, and because I'm hoping to enhance body resonance by putting more wood on the other side of the bridge.

    This one will be flat, since it's my first build. The next one will be carved. I love the feel of Spectors.

    I'll spend some time tweaking the shape a bit more and read any additional comments to see if there's something that comes out of it. Otherwise, I'm going to make a 3/4" MDF template and see if I like the balance and positioning.
     
  15. A Third?A fourth?...Well...It's the ICEMAN!!:rolleyes:
     
  16. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    looks like David King bass.