Singlecut fiver

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MPU, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Just finished my latest. I have always thought that singlecuts are all somehow ugly. Well, now I made one for myself. I like small bodies and smallish upper bouts so here it is.
    Neck-thru, 7-piece maple/ovangkol laminate with ovangkol/maple tone block, ovangkol fretboard. Body wings lightweight Khaya core, walnut facings.
    ETS tuner/bridge, Steinberger head piece. 34" scale. 10-coil Walish pickup, passive volume control with 1M pot. Nitro satin finish.



    Sound clip at

  2. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Walnut's a beautiful wood for an instrument. Looks brilliant. Sounds like it, too, very wide sound spectrum there. Personally, I would've hardwired a tone cap and a 500K resistor in parallel to take the edge off the tone, but this sounds great regardless.
  3. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I've been making these multicoil pickups for a while. I've cast them in plastic, used steel poles and ceramic or neo magnets but this time I used alnico5 magnets and a fiber plate base. This is the fastest and easiest way to make these so far. It takes over five hours to make one from the beginning. I'm planning to have the bobbin plates and base plates laser cut. That would take an hour out of the time. These are very time consuming compared to single-coils or humbuckers.

  4. mc_muench


    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    That pickup is beautiful!!!

    and so is the bass, I normally dont like single cuts either but this would works!!!
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I would love to hear and try one of these. I think if I ever figure out how to wire up an accurate digital counter to my winder, I may have to try making one. Hope you post sound clips Marko.
    Very Cool!!!
  6. Puavo


    Mar 19, 2011
    There's a link to a sound clip at the bottom of Marko's first post.

    Sounds good, well done!
  7. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    Your design and workmanship are excellent. A beautiful, sleek and classy bass.
  8. That's absolutely stunning
  9. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Also not usually a single-cut fan, but this looks nice.