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Old January 14th, 2013, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Adding a Bass

Just put this together as a prototype to add to my lineup. It'll get proper paint in a month or so. As the first of it's kind, It's a very stripped down version. Pickup straight to output
34" scale.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool, did you design the shape?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I drew it up. Always thought Vs were a great looking guitar but, not so good to play sitting down. This one can be played, sitting
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What's it weigh?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not sure, exactly. I'll need to find a scale. The body is mostly redwood(light), the rest is maple. The neck is chunky. So, it's not ultra light but, you get the pop of maple & some if the resonance of a softwood. I had a few local musicians give it a run. All were pretty excited about it's tone & feel. I describe it as a PBass with a little more "pop". I was going for something in the "direction" of a Rickenbacker, tonally. Having a 34" scale & a PBass style pickup, I'm really happy where it ended up.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not a fan of "V"s myself but I have to say "nicely done". I like your headstock design too.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Okay, I'll post the not for me thread though that looks like a nice take on the V and neck thru, neat that you can sit with it as well. Nicely done!
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Old January 15th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks! It's certainly a "love it or hate it" type of shape. I understand & appreciate that. It's also quite a departure from the archtops I build. That's what keeps life interesting!
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Old April 11th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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After sitting for a couple months, she's getting Some finish work & paint
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Old April 11th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old April 11th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hard to believe you did not leave such a beautiful guitar natural, though the paint job looks good.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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nice work. will you show a representation of the archtop variety? we all have our eye candy in one form or another. take care. bob
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Old April 11th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Wood flavored guitars are getting a "little" boring. Maybe I see to many of them. Once in a while I have to paint something.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 04:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Here are thee from last year
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Wow! That single p90 florentine is rockin'
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Old April 12th, 2013, 06:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Thank you! She was tough to let go.
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She had parallel spruce bracing reclaimed from a 100yr old piano. Had a great sound!
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those archtops are beautiful! do you make an archtop bass? thanks for sharing. take care. bob
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I've hesitated on the Archtop bass. Reasons being, the scale is way too long to do it properly. I am building a centerblock Archtop, currently. I could go that route, but someone would have to convince me to do it. It's a lot of extra work.
Just to give you an idea of why I don't do it. The Archtop guitar derives it's tone from the string pressure being forced into the middle of the guitar top by the bridge. If you look at an EB-2 Gibson bass, you can see that the bridge is neither in the center of the top, nor is it a long scale bass. It has a tiny little neck. In order for it to work out well, they put it into a 335 style center block body. It still didn't work out "well". I know, I have one. It's great for a guitar player who is accustomed to a shorter scale. Most bass players don't seem to like them.
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I've hesitated on the Archtop bass. Reasons being, the scale is way too long to do it properly. I am building a centerblock Archtop, currently. I could go that route, but someone would have to convince me to do it. It's a lot of extra work.
Just to give you an idea of why I don't do it. The Archtop guitar derives it's tone from the string pressure being forced into the middle of the guitar top by the bridge. If you look at an EB-2 Gibson bass, you can see that the bridge is neither in the center of the top, nor is it a long scale bass. It has a tiny little neck. In order for it to work out well, they put it into a 335 style center block body. It still didn't work out "well". I know, I have one. It's great for a guitar player who is accustomed to a shorter scale. Most bass players don't seem to like them.
I am a bass player who loves his EB-2. It has its own sound and feel that's completely different from either a Fender bass guitar or an upright. I like it for what it does - a very sweet, dry woody sound. Mine has a Dimarzio pickup, so it is not the usual mudbucker sound that comes out, and mine is the two pickup version, so the potential for mudbucker noise is tempered again.

I'm completely taken with the archtop you built with a single P-90. It is a complete stunner.
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