The wood's in for my R/A double (tee-hee)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by notduane, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Rob (Allen) sent me some pics the other day of the
    woods he's gonna' use to make my doubleneck. I guess
    it's one thing to exchange emails yakkin' about this or
    that...if my initial reaction to the pics is any indication,
    I'm probably gonna' pass out when I get my hands on it :p .

    This here's the piece of swamp ash that's gonna be
    the ONE piece body. The necks are ones from his shop
    to give a better idea of what it'll look like. The real ones
    will be UNLINED ebony over mahogany and cocobolo
    over birdseye maple. As it turns out, the bridge will be
    one piece too (that's the sketched-in thingie)


    THIS (for non-Aussies and Kiwis ;) ) is Bluegum!
    Somewhere's in this hunka-hunka beauty wood is a
    slab big enough for...yup! A ONE-piece top :eek:.

  2. SlapDaddy


    Mar 28, 2000
    WE're all speechless...........
  3. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001

    Impressive. You have truly taken up the JT challenge.
  4. Very cool! Keep the pics coming!
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Thanx fellers!

    SlapDaddy! Good to hear from ya' sir :)
  6. I've asked it before...Teehee???:confused: How is it possible to make that noise in a sentence? sweet double neck what kind of pups are go'in in thar, keeping the Penzos?
  7. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    Whoa. That is intense. Does Rob Allen make sixes? Anyone have any pics or info? notduane, that is going to be one sweet bass.
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    ND - That is the largest piece of unblemished swamp ash I've gum marks. Lucky man!!!

    I think his cocobolo fingerboards are the nuts!

    You will have the only blue gum instrument I know of, too. And what fine blue gum.......can you say "bookmatch ?" Being a eucalyptus, I wonder if your sinuses clear out when you play it? ;)

    - Is that blue gum striped or are those "rays" from the saw, since the specie is heavy and dense?

    Congrats, big time, a really thinking outside the box. That's a rare bird!
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Rick, the bluegum is flamed.

    notduane may be the first person with a bluegum top, but it won't be this one. He has had a bluegum top RA for, how long?
  10. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Two Fishman piezos: Acoustic Matrix Natural I and II.

    I was thinkin' about a really big, curling iron-sized pup
    under all the strings...ya' know (for VOLUME?). Rob talked
    me out of it.
    He definitely makes fivers. The li'l Monopoly-Motel lookin'
    thingie (above) is a link to his page.

    Rob DOES makes a sixer baritone g**t*r. I'm just guessin'
    here, but I don't think there'd be a problem with a 6'r bass.
    First thing that comes to mind is findin' an under-saddle
    piezo long enough, and where to put that sixth Hipshot.
    Actually, it'll be my second Bluegummer.

    When I got my single-neck #115, Rob said he'd just started
    three: two will have two-piece maple tops, the third
    will be a ONE-piece Bluegum top. At the time, I didn't
    know what the hell Bluegum looked like. I jumped on it
    `cause it was one piece.

    Can I say "bookmatch" ?...Not without gaggin' :p. Señor Rick!...
    The swamp ash body AND the Bluegum top will BOTH be one piece.

    Sinus-clearing? I dunno...I usually have a triple shot of
    chilled Pace "HOT" Salsa straight from the bottle. Clears
    out my nose-holes AND opens up my pores.

    Can't say about the "ray" thingie. I DO know that the one
    I got now has "waves" AND stripes runnin' through the top.

    Doggonit Emb~ -- ya' stole ½ my thunder :D.
    I've had #115 since...3 day jobs ago?
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    :D That's precisely what I was saying to myself when I saw Jeff's post, "Stole his thunder.,,,,let ND bask in his moment in the sun and give him max gloat-pleasure." Still, I was waiting for your response to confirm it, since you know for sure.

    I guessed bookmatch because I saw the two logs, (at least they look like logs in the pic), and neither appeared big enough for a dbl neck. But, there's nothing around them to get a sense of scale, so it was speculation. Plus, bluegums aren't big trees.

    I really hope RA gets that figure to pop right into your eyeballs.
  12. that's really, really cool. what will be the difference between the two necks again? fretted/fretless? RA basses are beautiful.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sorry, man.:)
  14. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Wow. That's gonna be rather monsterous...
  15. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    That is an enormous piece of swamp ash! That is going to be gorgeous instrument. I also would like to know what the difference in the necks will be; I imagine fretted and fretless. What do you think that puppy will weigh?
  16. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    JUH :confused: I s'pose they ARE to a Sequoia! :p

    From a site about Hawaiian woods --
    • Bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus)
      This introduced tree grows to a height of about
      250 feet, and a diameter up to 6 feet...The wood
      is extremely hard (specific gravity .8), and seasons with
      some difficulty. It is light to medium brown in color, with
      occasional gray figure. The tree is self-pruning, producing
      lower logs without branches or knots. Ellis, the famed
      British cabinet maker of the 1900s notes that the crush
      strength of Bluegum
      in many applications is over 3 tons
      per square inch
      . In the hands of a skilled craftsman, Bluegum
      makes exceptionally durable furniture.
    3 tons / in² ?...awright awright! No jokes about the ex. Geez! :p
  17. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Duuuude! :D No big whoop -- I was joshin' Mr. Moderator
    Man...with the flame-proof stick and the poking and
    the hurting...oy! :p
  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    MMMMMM..."Monster" GOOD [​IMG]

    With them "tone chambers" and whatnot, I still think
    it's gonna' come in lighter than my old...:sniff:...`4080/12

    BOTH necks will be UNLINED fretless fours...don't start! :)
    I already s'plained over hyar.

    UPPER neck: Macassar Ebony board, Mahogany neck with
    graphite "bars" or "strips" to prevent dead spots. Rob's
    also gonna' do some kinda' Maple veneering over the
    Mahogany for more strength and stability.

    LOWER neck: Jus' like #115 (minus them freakin' lines :p )...
    Cocobolo board over Birdseye Maple neck.

    As a coo-day-grass, Rob's gonna' put some Bluegum veneers
    on the headstocks with some white binding (like how the
    body top is bound to the body propah, ah believe).
  19. Good thing, but where would you find one the size of a curling Iron?
  20. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Whoops! I was looking at an Australian reference for Tasmanian blue gum. Had my meter/foot conversion screwed up.