Cepheid 5: Ripthorn Builds a Bass

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ripthorn, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

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    I have been wanting to build this bass for a long time, so I've had plenty of time to think about it. I've also been doing a lot of drawings and such, so I feel ready to jump in, but this will be a longer build due to the fact that I will be machining the bridge hardware, winding the pickups, and it is very much a concept build. However, let's introduce the Cepheid 5:


    - 5 String bass

    - 34-37" multiscale

    - Dingwall style bridge

    - Hipshot Ultralite tuners

    - Hand wound pickups

    - Two band preamp/EQ

    - Birdseye maple drop top

    - Roasted alder or cherry back (haven't decided yet)


    Anyway, here is the design drawing. It has been slightly tweaked since this, but it gives you the gist:


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    I printed this out, made the body template, and used some scrap 2.7mm plywood from a house project to mock up the neck, mostly for ergonomic and logistical purposes (such as knob locations).


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    I won't be able to really get started in on this for a little while, but stay tuned, it should be a pretty wild ride!
     
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  2. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

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    So I started to do some testing out of some ideas. First up, I wanted to do a thin aluminum pinstripe "veneer". This is 1/32" thick. A little wipe of oil on the far side just to see what natural is like, but I'm thinking dyed blue.

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    I'm also liking the contrast with the cherry, so I'm thinking a cherry back:

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  3. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    I have a dingwall five string and it's great bass. The fanned fret concept really shines with a five sting bass. Looks good!!
     
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    That'll look awesome. Good luck on the build
     
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    I agree...cherry (or sapele) for the back in natural color to contrast with the aluminum and maple. Stunning look I bet.
     
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