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Walnut/Cherry 5 String

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Simo, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. I'm about to get started on another 5 string, I'll post some pictures when I start making sawdust next week :)

    American Cherry
    English Walnut top, 1/2" thick
    Oil/wax finish

    Not 100% sure, either Sapele or Maple...or a mixture of the two
    Macassar Ebony fretboard, 35" scale, 24 frets
    English Walnut headstock veneers

    Nordstrand Big Singles
    Nordstrand 2 band preamp
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners, black
    Hipshot bridge, black

    Here's the original sketch of the body shape (not a very good angle), it's been tweaked slightly since this was taken...

  2. Brado


    Oct 19, 2005
    Buda, TX.
    What about cherry & quilt maple for the neck? 5 piece? You could go either way/ mostly cherry with thin quilt maple stringers/ quilt maple with thin cherry stringers....One thing I've noticed about cherry (from watching a bass of mine being built...) it has CRAZY deapth to it & really plays tricks on your eyes. Even more so once it's oiled...beautiful top!
  3. that top is breathtaking.
  4. That draft looks remarkably similar to the one I'm building right now.... same general body shape and pickup configuration, and same bridge.
  5. At last, some progress...

  6. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    beautiful top! .. subscribed! is that accent line in the body a wood veneer or something else?
  7. It's 2mm thick, dyed black Sycamore veneer.
  8. eleonn


    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Really nice.
  9. JC Basses

    JC Basses

    Mar 12, 2009
    Rocklin, CA
    So clean. I love that top/body shape combo.
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Nice looking.
  11. thirtypoint87


    Feb 9, 2004
    Manager/Repairman: Music-Go-Round
    mmmmm....... wood porn!
  12. Cheers :)

    Pickups have now been routed...


  13. Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Apr 13, 2008
  14. Love the top! And that shape is very nice too :cool:
  15. Any updates on this one?
  16. +1
  17. This build took a back seat while I concentrated on the Redwood 6 string I'm currently building. It will be back on the bench next month, I'll be sure to take some progress pictures :)
  18. Thanks Simo. They both look great so far.
  19. Ben Coffin

    Ben Coffin

    Dec 8, 2009
    Auburn, AL
    Subscribed!! Look at that top!!
  20. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    ...finished? :bag:

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