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The newest toy!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by pnchad, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    :D I have wanted to pop this puppy up for a while but wanted to wait for more progress. :D

    Josh Helms of J.J. Helms Custom Basses has been working on this bass for the last month or so and we're within a month of completion.

    If I can manage the picks I'm curious of the response. :rolleyes:
  2. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    tentative name 'violetti'.
  3. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    E - C :D
  4. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    One more surprise to come!
  5. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    I love that design, and it looks like it's coming along great.

    I want one..


    but not a 5er
  6. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    Helms basses are extremely reasonably priced, AND they are truly custom. Everyone of his basses are unique. :p
  7. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    To be honest I'm not a fan of the shape too much, but the contours on that thing are amazing! The craftmenship is very very good.
  8. Not at first, but seeing actual progress, it's growing on me. Don't stop!
  9. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    i think it's schweet!
  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I'm with Worshiper and Basteban, didn't really like the drawing much at first, but seeing the actual bass taking shape is much nicer; and as I am/was building a bass, I can well appreciate how much work is into it. Great job!
  11. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    now it just needs a scroll headstock like the old Ampeg basses!
  12. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    AAAAAARGH!!! Looks nice, too nice... Much better than the similarly styled body I want to make for my EUB... I'm jealous.
  13. I like it...I like the carving, it's great.

    but, what's that big routed spot in the middle for? certainly it isn't the world's largest pickup. Is it? :)

    I'll have to see it finished before I can really appreciate it, I think.
  14. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose

    Jan 12, 2004
    Sliding pickup maybe? I really dig that body shape. First time I've liked a bass with Omega cuts at the waist.
  15. Grandon


    Dec 13, 2005
    Looks cool. im going to school to learn to be a luthier, and about a year ago i came up with a guitar design similar but nothing like this bass. it had two horns and was a guitar obviously. but definantly a very awesome looking bass.
  16. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    It's top secret. :ninja:
  17. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Are you getting one of these?
  18. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    Well I've grown to appreciate the shape after following this thread. It is unique and Josh looks like he does nice work!
    My two cents (even though no one asked for it)...
    The contour seems a bit too abrupt - a more smoother,
    more gradual transition to the edge of the bass would look

    Can't wait to see what goes in that huge rout!

  19. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    5$ it's a one-piece integrated pickup/ramp thingy.
  20. pnchad


    Nov 3, 2005
    I'm certainly pumped. Progress pix are here but it's too radical to let the cat outta the bag yet. :hyper: