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Tom Bowlus' New Skjold Exotic Custom 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Juneau, Jan 16, 2006.


  1. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Figured I might as well post the pics and videos here too :)

    ok pics first...

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    Knobs inc soon :)
     
  2. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    and the videos...

    Video 1

    Video 2

    Video 3

    Video 4

    Pete says forgive him...it was early in the morning, and the bass was not properly setup or intonated yet.
     
  3. I'm totally digging the minimalist knobs... what a great idea!

    Ok, just kidding... very beautiful instrument.:)
     
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Tombowlus, that is a beautiful bass. If Pete Skjold ever gets a yacht, he needs to name it after you!:D
     
  5. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    That's a goregous bass. Congrats!


    -Mark
     
  6. Very nice! I love the body laminates.
     
  7. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    His slapping technique is quite similiar to mine. Mine is a litle more aggresive and has more motion, but same thumb angle.
     
  8. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    I believe that is Pete playing in the video. Tom doesn't have the bass yet. It sure looks and sounds great though!
     
  9. Juneau

    Juneau

    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    You are correct sir :)
     
  10. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Been there, seen it.
    It's FANTASTIC!
    Tom, you're gonna love it!
     
  11. wicked
    nice to see another Skjold bass. Wow- what a great looking top, those norse-y smybols looks trick, and its nice to see a hipshot added in. Great job pete.
    I also dig the tone, nice cutting mids.
    However i won't coment on Petes geri curl look....it must a dallas humidity thing- Kidding
    frank
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Nor does Tom have such skills and/or chops! :p

    Thanks for posting these pics, Juneau! I just got home and I was going to see about bringing some of those photos over to share on TalkBass. :D For anyone who is interested in seeing the development of this bass, I have a threa, Another Skjold in the Works, or you can check my blog.

    It seems like Pete really doesn't want to give up this bass, and I suppose that's a good thing, eh? :) I can't wait to see her firsthand myself! :hyper:

    Tom.
     
  13. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yes, I've been giving him some heck over that hairdo already. :D
     
  14. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio

    Curly hair rules. The rest of you are jealous. :)
     
  15. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    i have to admit that i'm usually indifferent to basses made with "exotic" top and body woods, but that is very nice. So much so it has me wondering if i should sell one of my plain ol' painted ones a buy a copuple of those. hmmmm... ;)
     
  16. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Virginia
    great sound! tight and punchy...
    is the top redwood?
    sooo sweet!!!
    doug
     
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    That's "fiddleback" mahogany. The body core is spanish cedar, with multiple laminates (one thick laminate of flamed maple for each the top and the back; more of this on my blog). 7-piece maple, bloodwood, purple heart neck, and fingerboard is ebony, with gold pearl inlays. The pickup covers are also ebony, as will be the knobs (some day! :meh::p). The bridge is a new custom Skjold model, as are the pickups and preamp. Tuners are Hipshot.

    Tom.
     
  18. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Perhaps, but Pete's doesn't always look that way! :p
     
  19. Bassin' 'Round

    Bassin' 'Round Banned

    Apr 30, 2005
    Excellent looking bass. Excellent playing, too.
     
  20. I enjoyed the video clips.

    I was surprised to catch myself thinking:" My Yamaha RBX 760 has the same sound-characteristics as that expensive custom bass".

    Of course a lot of the greatness of that skjold ist lost with the poor-quality microphone i guess.