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Tune Space Bass + Warwick/Status Buzzard = ...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pilotjones, Apr 11, 2003.


  1. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    ... maybe something like this. From luthier Todd Keehn of TK Instruments, this is the "Ichabod." Never seen one in person, but I like the looks of it and thought I'd share.
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    Some interesting features- this guy only does flat (unradiused) fingerboards, and he will optionally do stainless steel round rod for frets, and will do Novax fanned frets.
     
  2. Cool bass, though I don't see any "Buzzard" in it--"Dolphin", maybe. Lotsa "Space Bass", though! Does he have a website?

    Mike
     
  3. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    I was thinking it's a little buzzardy with the opposing pairs of two sharpish points around the control knobs and in the armrest area. Site is http://www.tkinstruments.com/.
     
  4. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    i like it a lot. some of the details are very interesting, especially the way the strings are secured in back... its like... half through the body, but without using a big ugly tailpiece. very nice touch.
     
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Yes, the string anchorage is interesting. Very clean. It bears some resemblance to this:
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  6. Looks good as a bass, but IMHO, would look better as a tapped instrument (Chapman Stick, Warr Guitar ect ect...)
     
  7. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I like it, but what's with the non-adjustable bridge anyways? How are you going to tweak it to your playing style?
     
  8. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I kinda like it. I agree that it would look better as a touch instrument, though. I really like the looks of the acoustic-ish saddle/bridge, but intonation would worry me. Especially on a fretted. Alot of acoustic guitars have a compensated saddle, usually on the B string, to make up for this. I've never seen one on a bass, though. I LOVE the acoustic-ish bridge on Xush's F Bass, but it's fretless, so you could easily make up for that intonation issue.
    FWIW, Todd is a cool guy to deal with. I've been getting Locking Sperzel tuners from him for a few months now. Thinking about a blue/black set for my black ATK. Maybe chrome/black...I dunno.
     
  9. imagine if that bass had a normal-looking rounded bottom instead of the cutaway...now that would be sweet
     
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    The website says, "The bridge is a hand made intonated graphite saddle, fit to a Honduran Rosewood base." Although to me the photos don't look like it is intonated.
    And of course, even if it is properly intonated for a certain set of strings at a particular action height, this is not a universal intonation adjustment.
    Then again, strangely enough, Carl Thompson seems to have no trouble with using a straight, non-adjustable bridge on a fretted instrument:
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  11. It looks like it would have excellent balance. Id like to see it with 4 strings.
     
  12. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Very cool! I like it.
     
  13. old_skool

    old_skool

    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    What the...You guys should take a look at his site. Some very interesting stuff. The Ztar being the oddest. The MIDI upright looks kinda cool too.