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Woo-Hoo!! Birth of burl top F Bass BN5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BIg O, Jun 24, 2003.


  1. Well maybe conception! ;)

    I have had GAS since I saw Adrian's buckeye burl BN5, and have started the relief process!! Put my deposit in on a maple burl top custom BN5. :cool:

    Here's the specs:

    Body: Swamp Ash
    Top: Bookmatched Burl maple with black veneer outline (George cut it for me while I was at the shop)
    Headstock: Matching burl with black outline
    Knobs : Matching Burl (thanks to Adrian for the idea)
    Pickup covers: Matching burl with black outline
    Neck: Maple
    Board: Figured Macassar ebony
    Preamp - Standard F Bass 3-band
    Pickups - Standard F Bass
    Hardware: Black Bridge and tuners

    I am stoked!! We could have used either side of the bookmatched top, but I picked the one with a little flame and spalt showing in the burl. It should be a nice dark colour with a clear coat finish - I can't wait!

    :D

    I'll post pics on progress over the next 3-4 months. George is really busy right now - that's a good thing for his business, but a pain for custom orders!!
     
  2. SlavaF

    SlavaF

    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB




    Damn right you will!:D:D

    But congrats on yet another bass!:D :bassist:
     
  3. Tumbao

    Tumbao

    Nov 10, 2001
    FL
    I like your specs choices. Congrats!
     
  4. Thanks, guys. This will look a little more subdued than Adrian's Buckeye burl, and the ebony board will give it a slightly softer sound than the stock Maple.

    Only 98 days to go....(well approximately!)
     
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Sounds like it's gonna be a sweet one!!
     
  6. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    sounds like a dream bass!! you know how i feel about them!:D
    did you by any chance happen to pick THIS burl? i have been drooling over it for a while..
    the cool thing is , you just KNOW whatever top you chose is gonna look ridiculous when George finishes it , and with the carved body, it just comes alive!
    [​IMG]
     
  7. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    this one is coming real soon, i have to close my eyes and never take it out of the gig bag if i hope to sell it and not keep it!
    [​IMG]
     
  8. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ooh!!

    :eek:

    Purdy top!!!
     
  9. ****Rocky Balboa voice on*****

    yo, Adrian!

    ****Rocky Balboa voice off****

    That's the one! There is so much happening in that piece of wood, it is crazy! After cutting and sanding to get the initial bookmatch, George rubbed a little solution on the raw pieces so I could get a feel for the depth of colour - awesome!

    And that Birdseye top looks even better in person than in the photo - it was the first time I had seen (or noticed) a blackline veneer edge on one of George's custom tops. I liked the effect so much - I'm going for it!

    How am I going to wait?

    :confused:
     
  10. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I think I just started an electrical fire form the drool puddle on my computer. Nice concept!
     
  11. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
    Hey Bob, congrats on the order. That top is incedible to say the least. I just picked a new one up from Adrian last week. It is a BN 5 with a wild grain Ash body in a nice transparent blue. I should be seeing it this week (I hope). You must post more pictures as you get them!

    Adrian,
    I wish you would have had the bass that Bob ordered, I would have died to get it. I would have flipped over that one. The Birdseye is going to be very nice too!

    Pics of mine can be seen here: http://community.webshots.com/user/pistoleroace

    F Bass pics courtesy of Adrian

    Shawn
     
  12. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    actully- i asked George and he thinks Bob picked a similar top , but not that one- he said it was still available so i may order it on a bass-
     
  13. Adrian - how is George finishing that one? Natural?

    That and the maple burl are stunning tops!
    Jeff
     
  14. Geez, it sure looks like the piece I chose - of course the top he cut for me only took less than an inch off of the 8-inch thick block, and there is still lots of nice stuff left in it!

    I wish I had a business like yours, Adrian - then I'd get to handle all kinds of wonderful instruments and keep the ones I wanted (or could afford!).

    I think it's sort of like being a bass pimp - no? :D ;)
     
  15. Update: George says he should be gluing the top to the body this week! I plan to stop by the shop next week to see it and take a few pics.

    :D
    :hyper:
    :bassist:
     
  16. O,

    Great choice of woods! I think it's going to blow us all away....if we don't die waiting for it to get finished.:eek:


    How long are you waiting?
     
  17. I ordered it June 24, tentative completion on the order says October 28. This isn't that long compared to some custom orders, but it is an eternity for me!! :hyper:
     
  18. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    cool
     
  19. Here is the body so far! I think you can recognize the top from the piece of burl earlier in the thread - see the little spalted bits in the upper horn.

    I may have to make a visit to the shop this week to see it in person!

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Lackey

    Lackey

    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Nice. That is a truly beautiful bass that I'm sure you don't deserve. ;) . It also vividly reminds me of the old Sherlock Holmes tale "The Speckled Band". Aha! "The Speckled Bass" :D

    Congratulations!