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Spalted Maple Top 4 String Bass Build (complete)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by davens, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    Hey all,
    I think this is the first build that I've posted on talkbass, though it's my 8th build (3rd bass).

    Here's the specs:
    Curly spalted maple top
    Mahogany body core
    5pc Wenge neck w/ mahogany laminates and carbon fibre rods
    Wenge fretboard and knobs
    Delano xtender pickups
    Vol / Bal / Tone / 3-way switches (parallel, series, single-coil) for each PU
    Mono rail bridge, Zerofret, Mother of Pearl inlays, Aluminium side-dots
    Black hardware

    Sorry, progress pics are a little bit sparse.

    Lumber planed, neck laminated, top came bookmatched from fraser valley fine woods:

    Body glued up, roughly cut to shape:

    Neck scarf jointed, test fitting CF rods and truss rod

    gluing up the fretboard
  2. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    Body fully routed

    Slotted and Inlayed - this took forever...

    Began fretting, headstock laminate placed
  3. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    First coat of danish oil on the body

    Likewise on the neck
  4. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    Complete pictures:

    Full body

  5. Squinty Jones

    Squinty Jones Bravely eating @ MacDonald's Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2004
  6. Amazing work! If I could do this, then I wouldn't bother going out buying basses / guitars, I mean, every one of yours is like a custom order / master build instrument!
  7. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Fantastic! I love the design; in particular the input jack placement, use of spalted maple, the fretboard inlay figures and the back of the headstock. A fine build. My compliments. How does it play?
  8. Max Pratt

    Max Pratt

    Mar 10, 2011
    this bass is like an Ibanez sr750 on steroids!!

    But seriously amazing work, what kind of finish did you use and also what bridge is that?
  9. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2006
    Great project: tasteful wood combination, very nice body shape and flawless construction. I'm not into bolt-on instruments but I really like this one. :bassist:
  10. Great wood combination! What do you think of the xtenders? Which ones are they?
  11. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    etherealme: Plays very well; fast, punchy, but lots of sustain. I'm not used to 4 strings, nor 34" scale, so it feels petite to me. The CF reinforcements made a big difference in stiffness I found.

    Max Pratt: The client very much liked the style and feel of the SR Prestige so it has some similar styling elements and I based the neck geometry on what they had listed in their specs. I hit both the body and neck with a few coats of watco danish oil, with a bit of wet sanding, then protected with a few coats of satin minwax wipe on poly. The bridge is a set of brandless mono rails. I spent a long time calculating the placement of them; a bit more complicated than a solid one, ha.

    Geoff St. Germaine: These are the Xtender 4 HE/S. They are fantastic; I'm very jealous. With the 3 way coil tap switches, the bass becomes a swiss army knife of tones. You can easily get a P tone, MM tone, a more modern ibanez sound, a stanley clark sound, or more of a j tone.
  12. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
  13. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    nice build!
  14. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Looks very nice.
  15. Grant Bass

    Grant Bass

    Oct 14, 2010
    Very nice!
    i just noticed you were from stoney creek!
    my first shop i set up with my buddy from Fbass was in Winona
    thats crazy!
    good clean build man!
  16. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    lovely bass
    I have a mahogany/wenge neck just like that on my new custom.....I love that neck
  17. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    how much for a shortscale 30" version
    lightweight (6 - 7 lbs) (chambered?)
  18. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    Thanks for all the positive feedback, everyone!

    Yeah, F-Bass is just about 10m from me. I should try and make friends there so I can take a tour or something :D
    You do fantastic builds yourself, btw! I think I mentioned it in another thread, but I remember seeing a picture of yours at exotic woods (a block away from where I work) and was very impressed...
  19. WOW..... superb workmanship