Tung's new monster Prat Contrabass Guitar

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tungx, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    Hi! I'm Tung, musician from St. Louis. I'm having a new bass built by Prat Basses. This will be my second custom bass; the first was my Fodera Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar which I ordered in 1988, so here we are, over 25 years later!!

    More details to follow!

  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

    Congrats man, Oscar is the best in the business.
  3. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    A grand piano has 88 keys, 88 different notes. My new instrument will have 84 different notes, will have a lower range than a piano, but will not go as high.

    woods involved: wenge, padauk, maple, buckeye burl, maybe swamp ash

  4. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    multi-scale 34"-37"
    wenge fingerboard
    28 frets
    curly maple/padouk neck
    buckeye burl top
    18mm string spacing
    peanut butter finish
  5. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    .. and 12 strings..
  6. devo_stevo


    Aug 2, 2006
    Northern Utah
    Builder: Brumbaugh Guitarworks
    Cool! I love Oscar's work. This one sounds interesting. Peanut butter finish? Do tell.
  7. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    Yes, peanut butter. See, first it's hydrolized, using a silver nitrite solution, and then cauterized briefly in a 550 degree oven.

    The result is a beautiful finish that smells nice and gives you a little extra energy! :hyper:

    Of course, in reality, it's gonna be a lacquer finish!
  8. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    Some folks question whether a full-range instrument like this (12-strings) is still a bass. That's a tough question.

    When we say "bass", aren't we really just saying a short name for bass guitar? Leo Fender designed the Precision with 4 strings, as on an acoustic upright bass. It could just as well have been designed with 6 strings as on a guitar, but an octave lower.
  9. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Of course, the Bass VI was exactly that.
  10. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    So here are a couple of shots of woods. The top is buckeye burl. I've chosen the darker one (wenge fingerboard) but it's not set in stone. The lighter one is padauk.

  11. PaPaVB20


    Aug 19, 2008
    Oscar is indeed the best! Will follow this thread closely, I'm sure it will be an incredible bass!
  12. Nightman

    Nightman If it ain't low, it's got to go! Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Interesting!! Keep us posted!! :cool:

  13. Whoah!! You had me at "wenge fingerboard, and 18mm spacing." Also, I'm interested in a peanut butter-colored bass over a buckeye burl top , too.
  14. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    can't wait to hear it! please provide sound clips when you are ready. TIA :bassist:
  15. tungx


    Mar 8, 2013
    St. Louis
    I think it's really 17.5mm spacing, but that's not center-to-center but is rather the space between the strings. And no peanut butter is involved for real, but it will be tasty!
  16. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Oscar is a great builder! Can't wait to hear it!