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Waghorn Guitars - Carved top RD Clone

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Asomodai, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Asomodai


    Jan 21, 2006
    London UK
    Hey guys.

    Just thought I would tell you about a bass I commissioned to Waghorn guitars of Bristol (UK). http://www.waghornguitars.com/

    Essentially I wanted an RD bass with a more modern exclusive look. I figured that a "RD Supreme" Would be ideal.

    The initial idea was to take this.


    But with the wood and finishing of one of these.


    And mash them together.

    My spec is as follows.

    Gibson RD Artist copy.
    34" scale, 19mm string spacing.
    4 String. Right handed. Emphasis on better balance and more lightweight then the original.
    Shallow carved top.
    Neck thru, mahagony/maple neck with black "ebony" like fingerboard.
    Maple body wings. Fancy dan flame maple bookmatched.
    Black/white/black scratchplate and clear scratchplate.
    Compound neck 11 to 15.
    Vintage brown burst, with extra brown dye sunburst finish to accentuate the flame, to give it almost 3D effect. Black headstock front.
    Body, neck and headstock bound.
    Brass nut.
    Les paul Supreme a-like fingerboard inlays. (Split block)
    Hardware will be gold throughout. Hipshot 3 point supertone bridge, Hipshot ultralight tuners with Drop D tuner on low E (Big clover ear ones with the larger hole size)
    SGD RD copy Humbucker style pickups to be installed in standard Gibson RD Artist positions.
    ACG Filter based pre-amp. EQ-01.
    Gecko headstock inlay (I keep Geckos).

    Here are some photos so far.











  2. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Wow, that looks great already!
    Looking forward to seeing this come together.
  3. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Damn that looks niiiice, and it's gonna look even better. I used to have an RD Artist guitar btw. Are you going to do crazy active electronics with lots of switches, or something less RDish?
  4. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Very nice, subbed!
  5. Blue Blood

    Blue Blood Banned

    Feb 20, 2012
    Associate to Scomel Basses
    Very cool!
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    This looks absolutely fantastic.
  7. Beautiful! Subbed!
  8. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Excellent! Subbed!!
  9. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    +1 :hyper:
  10. Asomodai


    Jan 21, 2006
    London UK
    It has a 4 dual concentric pot ACG Filterbased pre-amp going in. But yes, there will be lots of other knobs doing things!

    There are pilot holes drilled for a such a thing.
  11. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Oh that's awesome. Off the beaten track, like the original RD series electronics, but probably a million times more useful.
  12. Oh my... that is utter FILTH! Gorgeous bass :hyper:
  13. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Wow. Simply stunning.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That's gonna be nice.
  15. Konquest


    Aug 26, 2003
    In the words of Ron Bugundy: "That escalated quickly!"
  16. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    First of all - WOW - completely gorgeous!!


    How do you plan on achieving this goal? I drooled all over the photos so far, but I didn't see any chambering. I know the tuners will help a bit, but are you specifically selecting lightweight wood stock perhaps?
  17. Asomodai


    Jan 21, 2006
    London UK
    Specifically lightweight wood, Hipshot ultralites. There will be a stringthru rout which cuts halfway into the body. This allows the string thru option and be able to use standard long scale strings rather then extra long scale ones.

    Just bits and pieces. It wont eliminate it all, but will help.
  18. Big John66

    Big John66

    Feb 12, 2008
    Very cool! My first real bass was a RD Standard. I loved that bass more than life itself, but man was it heavy! This looks like a really cool, classy updated version. Can't wait to see it done!
  19. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Always wanted an RD bass, even build one. But this is phenomenal !!!
  20. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    This looks amazing. I love the RD shape.