New Bass Build (Curly Walnut Content)

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  1. djohns74

    djohns74 SS Contributor

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    Hey guys, here's a build that I finished up a short time ago and have neglected to share up to this point. I decided that I wanted a new 5 string bass as my old one was a major cheapo model that never had good definition from the B string no matter what I did. Plus, I had to have something new to build as I was getting rather antsy not having something to work on. I saw someone comment on here the other day that building is REALLY addictive and this is absolutely a true statement. This is my fourth complete build and I don't plan on stopping any time soon!

    The inspiration for the shape clearly comes from Ibanez (no real surprise if you know me) specifically the RD707 from the late 80s, which itself was obviously derived from the RG. Other than the basic shape though, I pretty much went my own way with it, expanding it to be a 5 string with a 35" scale, going with a more natural wood look rather than a loud 80s paint job and fitting a pair of EMG 40DC pickups along with my own electronics layout. It also uses a set-in neck design with a contoured AANJ-style heel. The neck wood, in this case, extends to about an inch shy of the neck pickup underneath the top wood.

    Finding the top was what really kicked this project off. It's curly Claro Walnut with really nice figuring and a cool transition to a lighter color at the center, neither of which was picked up particularly well by my camera for some reason. The top is about 3/8" thick and the rest of the body is mahogany. The neck is a 5-piece mahogany/maple design with a mahogany headstock piece and matching walnut top. The fretboard is padauk, which I thought would be a little different. Everything (other than the fretboard) is finished with tung oil.

    Sorry, no pictures of the construction process as this time around I decided to focus on the build rather than the documenting of the build. I'm not too happy with the quality of these pictures either, but I wanted to get them up here at some point. I'll try to get better ones if the sun ever decides to reappear.

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    Full specs:

    Mahogany body
    Curly Claro Walnut top with matching headstock
    5-piece Mahogany/Maple neck
    Padauk fretboard
    35" scale length
    22 frets
    Abalone dot inlays and side dots
    Dual EMG 40DC pickups at 18V
    Master vol/tone
    Blend pot
    Hipshot brass "A Style" bridge with .687" string spacing
    Gotoh compact bass tuners
     
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  2. jarnozz

    jarnozz Let´s Get Wasted!

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    That's a great looking Bass! man that top just looks amazing, you're a very skilled craftsman
     
  3. BlackMastodon

    BlackMastodon \m/ (゚Д゚) \m/

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    I don't think I've seen many basses with that headstock shape, I like it a lot!
     
  4. djohns74

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    Yeah, it's based on the same Ibanez that inspired the body shape. It's not quite as similar to the RG headstock as it first appears, but obviously comes from the same family. I had to elongate it somewhat to fit the fifth tuner of course, but the compact tuners kept it from getting out of control pretty nicely.
     
  5. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master

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    How's it sound?
     
  6. in-pursuit

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    I love the 5 in line headstock, got any clips? looks very nice.
     
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    Sexy bass; really liking that 5 inline headstock.
     
  8. 9voltchicken

    9voltchicken Aspiring Luthier

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    :drool: Damn I love walnut...
     
  9. Ruins

    Ruins SS.org Regular

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    wow this turned out so smooth and rock loaded and ready to :shred:

    how did the B on this one turned out? how is the weight?
    is there any chance to hear some sound samples of it?
     
  10. vansinn

    vansinn ShredNeck into Beck

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    Very classy, I love the simplistic lines and wood choises :agreed:
     
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    Jontain SS.org Regular

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    Nice looking work man, really clean craftsmanship.
     
  12. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master

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    Kind of a necrobump, but do you have any more pics of the back of the neck? I just re-read the OP and noticed it's a 5pc maple/mahogany. Sounds tastey but you can only barely see the maple strips in the pics. Sorry... I love guitar pr0nz...
     
  13. djohns74

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    Nope, haven't had a chance to get better pictures yet. Maybe I'll stop pretending to be an elitist anti-flash photographer type and just take a few shots without waiting for decent natural light.

    On a side note, I haven't so much as touched another bass since I finished this one, so I guess in that sense I'm quite happy with how it plays and sounds. The tone and volume of the low B string is several orders of magnitude better than that of my previous 5 string, which was my main goal for the project. As far as tone, the neck pickup by itself and the two pickups together don't sound all that different on the low strings, but on the higher strings the difference is quite pronounced so that's kind of cool. Otherwise, I'm not actually a bassist, I'm a guitarist who occasionally plays a little bass so I don't feel qualified to discuss the merits of bass tone in depth or post clips of my terrible playing. :lol:
     

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