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"Tone Bastard" build progress

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Greenman, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    New bass in progress.
    Specs (may change as I go):
    1/4" flame bookmatched drop top on 1 1/2" poplar.
    Black dyed top, solid black back polyurethane gloss finish.
    Warmoth rosewood on maple, blocked and binded 4 string neck.
    Brass nut, Hipshot ultralite tuners.
    Nordstrand fatstack pickups.
    J-Retro Delux preamp.
    Custom made bridge with Graph-Tech saddles sitting on inlayed brass contact plate.
    Rottosound flatwound thru body strings.
    Black/white/black pick guard.

    Post pics as they happen.

  2. NamelessOne


    Mar 9, 2006
    Calgary, AB
    why poplar?

    also, why the name?

    looks cool so far, and i like black dyed flame, so it should look even cooler when it's done.
  3. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    It's easy for me to get, comes dressed 4 sides and ready to glue. Also doing a google for "bass body tone wood" and poplar came up a few times including MTD.
    As far as the name-- Just a name.

    I have no idea how this bass will sound. If anyone can coment on how they thick it will sound my ears are open.:confused:
  4. Rogier


    Feb 2, 2004
    Go for it! I think it will sound nicely- not too aggressive. I thought even fodera used the wood as a top. Let me know how it turns out...
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    If it was my bass, I'd do blueburst on the top and black on the back - the ones I've seen so far were really beautiful :)

    Poplar is used quite widely - both by cheaper basses (like Ibanez, Jackson, etc) and by high-end, like MTD, under the name of "tulipwood" (might be a bit different, but its the same spp)
  6. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Common poplar is genus populus. Tulip poplar is genus liriodendron. I don't think it will have a serious impact on how your bass will sound. Just picking nits.
  7. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    i'm using poplar on my bass right now. i bought it for the same reason: it's easy for me to get. i'm not sure what my Carvin is made of, but it could be poplar (or alder, i believe).
  8. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Searching for a picture can be harder than you think...

    this was the closest I could find that has both blue and some black...
  11. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    After seeing everyone having way to much fun I thought I would kick start an earlier project.
    Received my neck yesterday so I will post a few pics.
    Changed my neck spec to an ebony on flame maple with stainless 6115 frets, no face dots and flame peghead veneer.
    Nordstrand Big Singles instead of fat stacks.
    ETS transmission instead of custom bridge.(will build my own in the future but no time at present.
    Grey lexan pic guard instead of B/W/B.

    More pics later.


  12. That’s beautiful! And I like your choice of pickups…nordie big singles, nice!
    I dig the grain of the poplar on the back, too…if I’m not mistaken, aren’t MM SUB basses made from poplar?
  13. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Not sure about Subs but I think MTD used Poplar at one time.
  14. Fine looking J bass!

    Poplar is a fine choice for a body ...it's butt ugly, so as long as it's stained, tinted lacquered or painted solid it will be fine.
  15. checked the ernie ball site, both the SUB 'ray and the SUB Sterling are poplar...

    just remember that..."U" make poplar popular...(I just made that up)...LOL
  16. Dusty G

    Dusty G

    May 30, 2006
  17. vintager


    Jan 29, 2005
    looks great ! and i personally think there's nothing so bad on poplar, its just soft wood thet needs correct finish but sound-wise has its sweet character, and combo with maple..fine.

    and congrats to changing neck specs, this looks much more serious (to me)

    all the best,

  18. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    Oh... Wow. Very nice. I can't wait to see it done.

    I'm quite loving the black ETS, and I think you've inspired me to use black hardware on my next build. Those Nordies are quite attractive as well. You must post a sound clip when she's done.
  19. mcdade


    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Great work so far, cant wait to see this one finished!


  20. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Thanks everyone. I'll keep you posted.

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