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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Sparky2, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I bought a hand-built fretless bass today from a local builder named Tyler.

    He's a fabulous fellow, and his work and craftsmanship is as beautiful as it is interesting.

    Tyler cut, shaped, and planed the body from some very old mahogany that his grandfather gave him.

    Instead of a belly cut, the entire back side is gently curved.

    The neck is a maple jobbie ordered from Eden and it is sublime. I really like the feel and look of this fretless, wonderful neck. Tyler carved a custom shape for the headstock and mounted the tuners on there in a unique and quirky fashion. Flat-wound strings complete the love affair.

    The pick guard and back covers (and thumb rest) were fashioned from maple.

    1 Volume, 1 Tone, 1 pickup, and some really great tones.
    A very happy Thanksgiving today, even though we had no family in town, and really didn't have any sort of dinner.

    Thank you for your creation, Tyler.
    This is awesome, good sir.

    :)


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  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Wow! That is one cool looking bass! Congratulations.
     
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  3. posttoastie

    posttoastie Tele-Holic

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    That looks awesome
     
  4. Fretting out

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    Cool!

    Kind of gives me an “uh oh” feeling

    I think I like it!
     
  5. paulblackford

    paulblackford Tele-Holic

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    That's a beautiful bass. I really like the headstock.
     
  6. carpenter

    carpenter Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Fine looking bass is that a maple pick guard? Never mind went back and looked.
    Got caught up in the pics.
     
  7. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I failed to mention two important things;

    * She weighs just 6 lbs, 1 ounce.
    Very light weight, and hangs comfortably strapped on, dead-level. (No neck-dive).
    This was an unexpected surprise, and very welcome.
    I can't stand heavy guitars and basses, and the thought of carrying such a light and soulful instrument to a gig is enticing.

    and,

    * It's a short-scale bass.
    Just a fraction over 32" scale, which is two inches shorter than the average electric bass.
    To be honest though, I can't tell or feel the difference.
    She plays nicely and intuitively, and (because it's fretless) the usual boundaries of scale and intonation sort of go out the window.

    Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.

    :(
     
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  8. 68tele

    68tele Friend of Leo's

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    Ni-hi-hice....luv the Dr. Seuss headstock
     
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  9. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Wow. A very cool looking bass. Love the design.
     
  10. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    VERY nice looking bass, big contratulations!

    And cool strap too :)
     
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  11. TylerBass

    TylerBass NEW MEMBER!

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    Thank you so much. I’m not a master builder but I hope I can win over some tele fans. Maybe something like this guitar would work?
     

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  12. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    Hey Tyler, welcome aboard, mate!

    (Ladies and Gents, this is the builder himself.)

    That guitar there is so cool!
    Combines the features of a Tele with the groove of a vintage Vox.

    :)
     
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