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Adding a Bass

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Blue Belly Gits, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    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.
    Maple neck
    Maple/Redwood body

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  2. bcarter_1

    bcarter_1 Tele-Holic

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    Feb 27, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Very cool, did you design the shape?
     
  3. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    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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  5. rip_topaz

    rip_topaz Tele-Meister

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Willow Street, PA
  6. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    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.
     
  7. soulman969

    soulman969 Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    I'm not a fan of "V"s myself but I have to say "nicely done". I like your headstock design too.
     
  8. ThreePlyGuy

    ThreePlyGuy Friend of Leo's

    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!
     
  9. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    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!
     
  10. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    After sitting for a couple months, she's getting Some finish work & paint
     

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  11. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    & back
     

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  12. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    Hard to believe you did not leave such a beautiful guitar natural, though the paint job looks good.
     
  13. robert spencer

    robert spencer Tele-Holic

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    Mar 15, 2012
    thorne bay alaska
    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
     
  14. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    Wood flavored guitars are getting a "little" boring. Maybe I see to many of them. Once in a while I have to paint something.
     
  15. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    Here are thee from last year
     

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  16. 4mal

    4mal Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2003
    The Gorge
    Wow! That single p90 florentine is rockin'
     
  17. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    Thank you! She was tough to let go.
     

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  18. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    She had parallel spruce bracing reclaimed from a 100yr old piano. Had a great sound!
     

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  19. robert spencer

    robert spencer Tele-Holic

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    Mar 15, 2012
    thorne bay alaska
    those archtops are beautiful! do you make an archtop bass? thanks for sharing. take care. bob
     
  20. Blue Belly Gits

    Blue Belly Gits TDPRI Member

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    Oct 28, 2012
    Vermont, USA
    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.
     
  21. Gaolee

    Gaolee Tele-Meister

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    Mar 6, 2011
    Seattle
    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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