What if Dark Horse built.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, May 6, 2019.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    ..... more of a “boutique style” bass ?

    A few guys here and there have suggested it to me, as I mostly build Classic style basses ..... but I figured “why not”?

    Here’s what I’m working on ....

    Bound bookmatched ziricote top with Spanish Cedar back

    Maple neck with paduak stringers, tiltback headstock, and volute... 3+2 headstock for balance

    35” scale

    Bartolini MK5 pickups with NTMB preamp

    It’ll have a Hipshot bridge... 19mm spacing .... probably an A style

    Hipshot ultralight tuners with a detuner on the low B, to take it to low A

    Black hardware

    Should be less than 8.5 lbs total weight


    Here’s a “kinda sorta” mock-up that shows where it’s at as of today ...

    Thoughts ?



    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  2. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    I think that might just work. :)
    Beautiful neck.
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  3. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    My preference, looks-wise, would be a non-maple 'board, but that is still a looker.

    All the parts are your build, or are they just "parts"? ;)
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  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    You know me, much more of a traditionalist. But I know whatever you build will be well made. Good luck.
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    great look/start! i like your ideas. do it!

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  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I like how you got the peg holes so the strings will shoot straight, v cool looker from tip to toe.
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  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    The neck is Warmoth gecko.... body is
    My build and design


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    That looks cool. Have you used Cedar before? Is it hard enough? Just curious.
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  9. nostatic


    Jun 18, 2004
    Lompoc, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Roscoe has used cedar for bodies for years.
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  10. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Spanish cedar is very closely related to Honduran Mahogany.... a bit softer, very lightweight, and very pretty like a good mahogany.
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  11. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Everything is good, with one exception. On this mock - up, your knob placement is a bit too random.

    Yes, I just said that.
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    That is interesting that you say that, because there is literally nothing random about it whatsoever. ;) It is actually a more balanced version of Laklands knob placement, which many people are quite comfortable with.



    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Yeah, that strikes me as the way to place the knobs. Seems fine to me.
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Beautiful body shape!
  15. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I’d say it’s about time :D

    Nice one, Andy.
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  16. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    Looks great to me. Personally, I would want black fret markers. Just my personal taste though.
  17. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    Everyone likes there own thing, so you can't make everyone happy.
    There is too much "wood" going on there for me. The body doesn't contrast enough against the neck, or match it, then the headstock is yet a third, unmatched wood. Personally I would also have wanted rounder edges and more contour. I'm not a fan of slab bodies.
    I like 35" scale 5 strings, and I like double soapbar pickups. Black hardware is the right choice.
  18. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    ??? Seems dead on to me. Good spacing, symmetrical on the vertical axis, following the arc of the lower bout nicely, etc.
  19. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    I really like what you’ve got going so far. How difficult would it be for you to do it in a medium scale?
  20. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    I’m not usually a fan of coffee table, but I really like this build
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