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The wood is ordered for two basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Kahuna, Jul 23, 2003.


  1. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    I have ordered the wood for my next two basses from Larry at Gallery Hardwoods. The first is going to be a single cut 5 (maybe a 6) string for myself with the following specs:

    Neck through 5 piece neck, center strip of ebony, then two strips of purple heart, then flamed maple. Swamp Ash body wings and back with a figured walnut top. Haven't decided on a fingerboard yet, but leaning towards either rosewood, bocote, or birdseye maple.

    The second, will have the same neck except for birdseye maple instead of flamed maple on the outside pieces, ebony fingerboard. Black Limba (Korina) back and sides with a natural bronze colored quilted top.

    Here are pics of the two tops from Gallery Hardwoods:

    Walnut top

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    Bronze Quilt top

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    Planning on EMG active pickups and hipshot hardware.

    I'll post more as I make progress.

    :^)~
     
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Wow, that walnut is stunning. Looks almost like redwood.
     
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    WOW!!! :eek:

    Those will look great!!

    Yes, Larry has some of the most beautiful wood selections I've seen online!!

    Post lots of pics of their construction.
     
  4. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    That walnut is *killer* man I'm guessing you will be real happy.
     
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    beautiful stuff!

    f
     
  6. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Yeah.. Larry ROCKS! He emailed me a few pics of the walnut and I had to have it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I can't wait to see it in person! He did mentioned that he sold a very, very, similar walnut top to another builder that frequents talkbass, so there is a similar bass somewhere or in the works now by another builder.

    The body blanks and the two tops above are shipping this week, the neck pieces to follow soon.

    I can't wait to hold the wood in my hands and start in on creating basses out it it!

    :^)~
     
  7. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    I love that walnut ! I've bought some stuff from Larry for my bass in progess.
     
  8. Basho

    Basho Guest

    Yum and yum. Very nice pieces.
     
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    The walnut might also look just as fantastic (in a different way) with the body shape reversed end-to-end.
     
  10. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Hey Pilot,

    I had that same thought, and I'm going to really check it out once I have the piece of walnut in my grubby mitts! I figure what I'll do is cut out a reverse body shape from a big piece of paper (ie: the shape of the body will be cutout...) and lay it over the wood, lay some pickups, knobs and a bridge on it, and a fingerboard blank and see how it looks.

    :^)~
     
  11. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    very nice! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
     
  12. Very nice!

    I got the mahogany that Carey is using on my Nordstrand from Gallery. You won't be disappointed.

    Good luck!
    Jeff
     
  13. Very nice!

    I love Walnut.

    Lots of pics please. :)
     
  14. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    That is really excellent-looking stuff there. Are you going to build the neck yourself? The ebony/purple heart/flamed maple sounds yummy! I've often thought of trying to build my own. But the neck and fretboard are things I would buy pre-built. Not saying you should, I know you have a lot more of that type experience than I do. Have you built one before? I know you work on them a lot. I'm sure it will come out great. Can't wait to see tham.

    I agree.
    [​IMG]
    But I also like it the way it is in the original picture.
     
  15. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Hey Mgood,

    I had Larry at Gallery Hardwoods glue up the neck blanks for me. I will shape and carve them myself, carve out the headstock, as well as route for and install the truss rod, radius and install the fingerboards, frets, etc., myself. You can by fingerboard pre-radiused and pre-slotted, if needed.

    I've built just a few in the past, and those were one of a kind basses that I made for a few friends that I had also done quite a bit of repair and setup work for. My wife and I have decided to let me have a go at making this an official tax paying business and hopefully, in the next 1-2 years my full time, income generating job/business!

    The real trick is to have a solid, working knowledge of wood working tools and wood, and to take your time! I'm still trying to come up with some type of router jig and router bit that will allow me to get the neck profile about 90% or better with a router vs. hand profiling, but we'll see. I'd like to be able to do this just to save myself labor hours (which, for a 1 man shop equates to $$$) where possible. If not done properly, though, you can screw up a lot of wood in a short time with a power tool vs. a combination of rasps, planes, spokeshaves and sanding blocks. We'll see.

    :^)~
     
  16. Killer.
     
  17. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Well Poo-poo!

    When Larry started milling / resawing the bronze quilt piece into a bookmatched set, there were some checks and other things inside the piece, so I can't really use it.

    Sooo.. I snagged this niece piece of spalt instead.

    [​IMG]

    Also, he just sent me these pics of the Black Limba for the bass. OIY!

    [​IMG]

    Man, he has really nice stuff!

    :^)~
     
  18. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    ah well, things change... those look good though.

    I'll bet you'll really love that limba. I sure am enjoying mine! My JP (limba w/ wenge neck) is so resonant and light. Great wood. Can't wait to see what you do with it!
     
  19. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    Mark, do you know something about wenge that the rest of us don't ? ;)
     
  20. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Hmmm...this shape looks familiar to me ;)

    Nice choice man, you'll love the limba! and the spalted top is a nice score too!!

    Peace, JP